Donal Reddington on mass customization, crowdsourcing and digital manufacturing

Archive for January, 2007

Product Configurator Suppliers to Exhibit at SolidWorks World

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

A number of product configuration system suppliers will be exhibiting at the SolidWorks World 2007 Conference, being held from February 4 through February 7, 2007 in New Orleans, USA. The ninth annual SolidWorks World Conference brings together designers, engineers, managers, and partners to discuss ideas, trends, and the technology shaping the future of mechanical design. [...]

Car Trouble

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

There have been a few recent articles from various sources regarding the U.S. auto industry, which provide an interesting basis for a discussion about the role of mass customization in the future of the automotive sector. In Industry Week, a recent feature by Yorgos Papatheodorou and Michelle Harris, which primarily dealt with the geographical spread [...]

Blend Your Own Wine in Idaho

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

The Idaho Statesman carries an article about Tom Falash, who opened a wine store in Boise, Idaho, USA. This is not a regular wine store. It lets customers make their own wine for less than US$10 per bottle. The process works as follows: Customers can taste wines before choosing which one to make. Falash takes [...]

Cornell Researchers Bring Home Fabrication Closer

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

The New Scientist magazine website carries a feature on the Fab@Home project being developed by Cornell University.  The Fab@Home project involves the creation of a cheap self-assembly device capable of fabricating 3D objects.  The researchers, Hod Lipson and PhD student Evan Malone, hope the machine could kick start a revolution in home fabrication – by [...]

Amazon.com Better than Husband

Monday, January 15th, 2007

This ‘article’ recently appeared on satirical website The Onion: SANDUSKY, OH—Area resident Pamela Meyers was delighted to receive yet another thoughtful CD recommendation from Amazon.com Friday, confirming that the online retail giant has a more thorough, individualized, and nuanced understanding of Meyers’ taste than the man who occasionally claims to love her, husband Dean Meyers. [...]

Mass Customization and Personalization conferences in 2007

Sunday, January 14th, 2007

A number of interesting conferences dealing with mass customization and related topics will take place in 2007, and I thought it might be a good idea to summarise what is happening during the year ahead. The first event of interest is a German language-only event MC2007 Salzburg (Mass Customization Tagung für Deutschland, Österreich und die [...]

Industrial Mass Customization

Wednesday, January 10th, 2007

In TheManufacturer.com, there is an interesting guest editorial by Harald Kofler, president of a company called American High Performance Seals. He speaks about the growing ease with which businesses can purchase customised industrial components at much lower prices than might be expected.  Articles by an executive of a company can often be categorised as ‘Advertorial’, [...]

Dash Navigation adds in-car Yahoo! Local search

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

+ Dash Navigation Inc. has made a deal with search engine Yahoo! that allows Dash Express users to search Yahoo! Local for nearby products, services or businesses from their cars. Dash Navigation is located Mountain View, Calif. and is funded by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Sequoia Capital, and Skymoon Ventures. The company says that [...]

IEEE Begins Work on Personalized Health Infomatics Standard

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

The IEEE has begun work on a standard to create a comprehensive personalized health informatics system.  The working group creating this standard will hold a workshop in London, UK, on 24 and 25 January 2007 to form an action plan for developing the standard. The meeting, the IEEE 2407 Personalized Health Informatics Workshop, will be [...]

B. Joseph Pine Interviewed by Frank Piller

Friday, January 5th, 2007

Frank Piller has published his interview with B. Joseph Pine, the first person to set out in detail the concept of mass customization.  Pine’s book, Mass Customization: The New Frontier in Business Competition, was a landmark that challenged the conventional wisdom of mass production. You can read Frank Piller’s interview with B. Joseph Pine here.

Trend map for 2007

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007

From Ross Dawson’s blog, Trends in the Living Networks, comes a posting about the amazing Trend Map for 2007 and beyond. Nowandnext.com and Future Exploration Network have collaborated in producing a map of major trends for 2007 and beyond, across ten segments: society & culture, government & politics, media & communications, science & technology, food [...]

Personalization fares strongly in Springwise Top Trends for 2006

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007

Business and innovation website Springwise has compiled ‘Top 10 Business Ideas in 2006′ under various categories. These lists are an interesting review of the best and most innovative business ideas of the year, but some are of particular interest to this website due to their association with mass customization, outside innovation, crowdsourcing and so on. [...]