Donal Reddington on mass customization, crowdsourcing and digital manufacturing

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 MyTego.com

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

A company called MyTego.com, 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

State of personalized medicine in 2009

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

I have found some interesting articles on personalized medicine around the web in recent weeks which, when taken collectively, provide a useful examination of current developments in this area. An article in the Vancouver Sun, ‘One-size-fits-all no more‘ provides an interesting overview on the topic of personalized medicine, explaining the topic everyday language, and decoding [...]

Dorling Kindersley Travel launch customized travel guides

Monday, January 12th, 2009

The Inventorspot website has a news item on the new customized travel guides being produced by Dorling Kindersley (DK) Travel. They are similar in concept to Offbeat Guides, which were covered on this site recently. The Inventorspot article considers the DK Travel customized travel guide to be a superior offering to the Offbeat Guide, although [...]

David Sifry announces beta of personalized travel guide

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

David Sifry, the founder and former CEO of Technorati, has announced a first public beta (test version) for a new personalized travel guide service called Offbeat Guides. Offbeat Guides create personalized, up-to-date travel guides that cover over 30,000 travel destinations, using a combination of search technology and curation by both amateur and professional travel experts.  [...]

Delcam launches tribrid modelling; Geomagic secures €8m

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Two design software companies this week had significant announcements. Delcam, based in the UK, will later this year launch a new version of its CopyCAD reverse engineering package. CopyCAD Pro will be the first product development system to offer “Tribrid Modelling”, by adding triangle modelling to the combination of surface and solid modelling that is [...]