Donal Reddington on mass customization, crowdsourcing and digital manufacturing

Archive for July, 2007

Book Review – The Wealth of Networks

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

The Wealth of Networks is Yochai Benkler’s heavyweight analysis of the state of the internet in the early part of the 21st Century. In the book, Benkler argues strongly in favour of what he calls ‘social production’, which harnesses impulses, time and resources that, in the industrial information economy, would have been wasted or used [...]

Lawrence J. Rhoades on Desktop Manufacturing

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

Via the P2P Foundation blog, I recently read an article entitled The Tranformation of Manufacturing in the 21st Century, written by Lawerence J. Rhoades of Ex One, a developer and supplier of innovative manufacturing technology and equipment in Pennsylvania, USA. It is an excellent and comprehensive article detailing the nature of desktop manufacturing and how [...]

Update on MCPC2007

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

Frank Piller has posted an announcement regarding the 2007 World Conference on Mass Customization and Personalization. Keynote speakers include B. Joseph Pine (who wrote the book ‘Mass Customization – The New Frontier in Business Competition’ in 1993, which can be said to have kick started the whole area of mass customization), Eric Von Hippel of [...]

Desktop Factory – 3D printing with a halogen bulb

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

Erick Schonfeld, editor-at-large of Business 2.0 magazine and presenter of The New Disruptors on CNNMoney , recently visited a startup called Desktop Factory. This company is involved in developing 3D printing hardware, and aims to bring their product within financial reach of home users within a few years. The most interesting aspect of Desktop Factory’s [...]

Ponoko – A Post-Industrial Revolution?

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

Back in November 2006, I speculated as to the type of businesses which might emerge using a hybrid of mass customization, crowdsourcing, micro manufacturing and online factory business models. One such hybrid has emerged recently in New Zealand. Ponoko describes itself as the world’s first personal manufacturing platform where anyone can click to make, buy [...]