Donal Reddington on mass customization, crowdsourcing and digital manufacturing

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Ponoko announces European manufacturing partnership with Formulor

Friday, February 5th, 2010

New Zealand-based 3D printing online marketplace and service provider Ponoko has partnered with German-based fabber Formulor to open a making hub in Berlin. It means EU-based creators using the Ponoko online making system can now choose to have their products made in Berlin – paying just a fraction of the shipping costs which has made [...]

Chocri brings customized chocolate across the Atlantic

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Chocri is a German startup (founded about a year ago) that customizes chocolate bars.   By combining a base chocolate with your choice from over 90 toppings, there are more than 10 billion possibilities to create the chocolate bar of your dreams. Chocri was founded by entrepreneurs Michael Bruck and Franz Duge in early 2008.  It [...]

EGO3D – making a 3D printed bust direct from 3 photographs

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

From Germany comes news of a new 3D service: EGO3D, which creates real busts from just three normal photographs. Company principal Robert Fischer says: “With this service we are in a niche between the photographic and the 3D business.  In comparison to other 3D manufacturers, we create a 3D mesh from the customer’s photos (a [...]

Speciality Fabrics Review article on mass customization

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Specialty Fabrics Review is the official publication of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), a not-for-profit trade association with more than 2,000 member companies representing the international specialty fabrics marketplace. The October issue of the magazine contains a detailed article by Janice Kleinschmidt on the increasing use of mass customization in the fabrics sector. (I [...]

CloudFab – matching product designers to digital manufacturing services

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

CloudFab.com is  a new distributed fabrication service that connects buyers who need digital fabrication (3D printing, laser cutting/etching, etc.) to the sellers who have the capacity.  The goal of the project is to provide a central marketplace to connect buyers and sellers in the digital fabrication sector. The ethos (if that is the right word)  [...]

Ponoko and ShopBot announce distributed manufacturing partnership

Monday, September 28th, 2009

New Zealand-based online making system Ponoko and ShopBot Tools, a U.S.  designer and manufacturer of affordable CNC tools for digital fabrication of wood, plastic and aluminum products, have combined to launch 100kGarages.com which will serve as a network of local digital makers that will enable users to get “almost anything custom made and delivered”. David [...]

Boston USA – a hotbed of mass customization

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

The Boston Globe newspaper has a recent feature on the number of companies in the Boston area that are currently using mass customization. There are ten companies on the list, with some additions by readers in the article comments. It appears that the region is something of a hotbed for enterprises using the mass customization [...]

MilkOrSugar spreads the word on product customization

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

A new ‘customization portal’, MilkOrSugar has recently been launched by ILUMY, an Amsterdam based agency of designers and entrepreneurs. At MilkOrSugar, visitors can check pricing, shipping destinations, payment options and the number of basic models for each vendor. The site only publishes products that can actually be completely ordered, paid and shipped online. So car [...]

Developments in 3D printing hardware

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Continuing on from my previous post on the Mcor Matrix 3D printer that uses paper as its raw material, I hope to provide here a review of other recent developments relating to 3D printing hardware.  Not all of these are immediately relevant to the idea of consumers printing objects in their own home, but do [...]

MCor Matrix – Paper goes 3D

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Over the last few months, I’ve noticed that 3D printing technology, and the businesses that are based on it, are receiving a much higher level of attention in the mainstream business and technology media.  Coupled with this is a noticeable expansion in the number of companies that are engaged in the provision of services to [...]

Spreadshirt closes €10m in financing

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Online custom clothing company Spreadshirt, recently announced an investment of €10 million by Kennet Partners, a leading private equity firm, and existing investor Accel Partners. Spreadshirt allows customers to personalized goods to purchase for themselves, with a minimum order of one.   In addition, Spreadshirt extends this capability to partners, large and small, who want to [...]

More links for 25 February

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

1.  If you’re a parent of a young baby or toddler, this press release might be of interest to you:  A company called MyPacifier will sell you a child’s pacifier with the name of the child on it – probably most useful if your child is in a creche or playschool.  The press release tells [...]

Links for 25 February

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

1.  Jeff Howe, author of the Crowdsourcing book, has written an interesting and comprehensive blog post about the possible future online business models that might be adopted by the print media. 2.  RPI, a provider of automated, mass-customized manufacturing and fulfillment for the consumer print-on-demand market, recently announced that it has set an industry record [...]

Contrasting uses of open strategies in the music industry – EMI and Minimum Noise

Monday, January 19th, 2009

The music industry has faced considerable strategic challenges in recent years, not least the trend towards reduced revenues caused by file sharing, but also the shift in market power from labels towards online aggregators such as Apple iTunes. Another side-effect of the world wide web on the music industry has been the trend towards dis-intermediation, [...]

Customization links for 19 January

Monday, January 19th, 2009

An article in LimaOhio.com includes information on American Trim, a company from Lima, Ohio in the U.S. that is held up by the local Mayor as an example of a enterprise that has successfully pursued a mass customization strategy. American Trim manufactures parts for appliances and heavy trucks. ___________________________________________ In FXStreet.com, John Mauldin wrote a [...]