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 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 which will serve as a network of local digital makers that will enable users to get “almost anything custom made and delivered”. David [...]

Webinar on Paid Crowdsourcing

Monday, September 14th, 2009

An online expert discussion on the future of paid crowdsourcing in business will take place this Thursday, Sept. 17 at 9am PDT.   The panel of industry experts will look at how and when paid crowdsourcing will become a mainstream component of business operations. Paid crowdsourcing is currently in the “innovators and early adopters” phase [...]

Mass customization links for 14 September

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

1. During the summer, Forbes magazine interviewed Jeffrey Housenbold, Chief Executive of Shutterfly, the online supplier of customized photo-based goods. It provides an interesting overview of the way the company addresses the question of ‘how much choice is enough choice?’ and preventing situations where customers get overwhelmed by the level of choice. It (the degree [...]

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 [...]

Mass customization by

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

A company called, based in Winnipeg, Canada provides an interesting example of a company using the mass customization business model. The company provides custom-made vinyl ‘skins’ (self-adhesive covers) for personal electronic devices.  Customers can create a Tego skin using images from the extensive online MyTEGO catalog, or they can upload pictures from their computer [...]

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 [...]