Donal Reddington on mass customization, crowdsourcing and digital manufacturing

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Digital Reality

Friday, August 10th, 2007

The Make Magazine Blog recently carried a short post about a demo page depicting an ‘online digital manufacturing’ service on the site of 3D technology company Digital Reality. The copy on the page says that users can “create and sell custom toys, jewelry, motorcycle accessories, accurate fine scale modeling parts, promotional products, and millions of [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Mass Customization feature in Business Week

Sunday, May 6th, 2007

Business Week’s SmallBiz section carries a feature on five small businesses that have implemented mass customization. The five are American Art Resources, Chip-N-Dough, Zyrra, Choiceshirts, and Name Maker. The most interesting general trend from the article is that several of the interviewees refer to the fact that they had to develop proprietary technologies themselves to [...]

Zazzle acquires customization software company Confego

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

Internet custom products marketplace company Zazzle recently announced that it had acquired Confego, a San Francisco Bay Area company that provides software that enables brands to offer fully customized apparel, bags and footwear designed from the ground up. Confego co-founders Brennan Mulligan and David Gross have joined Zazzle effective immediately. Confego manages order fulfillment and [...]

Slacker personalized radio service takes aim at online music

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Slacker, Inc. has recently announced the creation of “Personal Radio,” which enables U.S. consumers to customize their own radio stations and listen to them wherever they happen to be. The Slacker Personal Radio is available in beta for PC streaming at and later this year on Slacker Portable Radio Players via Wi-Fi and Slacker [...]

A practical example of in-store body scanning

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

The ARTIVIDUUM fashion label recently has recently opened a store in Frankfurt, the German metropolis on the Main river. In February 2007, owner Verica Hauch opened the doors to her new store. She opted exclusively for tailored and, more interestingly from this website’s perspective, mass-produced customized clothing. She uses the slogan “Be your own designer”, [...]

Songdo City may test possibilities for real-time personalization

Sunday, April 1st, 2007

In July, 2001 Gale International negotiated a joint venture agreement with POSCO E&C (Korea’s largest engineering and construction company) and the City of Incheon, South Korea, for the planned development of a completely new city, called Songdo City. Located at the site of General MacArthur’s 1950 landing, Songdo will be the first “new” city in [...]

Nordic countries take lead in user-centred innovation

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

A few developments have taken place in the Nordic countries recently that seem to suggest a more advanced enthusiasm for and understanding of user-centred innovation. Previously, I wrote about how the Danish government has become the first in the world to establish as a national priority, in the words of a government policy statement, “strengthening [...]

Inkjet technology may fuel on-demand printing

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

I am a little late in writing about this, but it is worthwhile: Last month The Guardian, a UK newspaper, described how Moshe Einat is developing new inkjet technology that uses thousands of ink drops rather than a small number of nozzles. Einat is a lecturer and researcher at the College of Judea and Samaria [...]

Materialise and Stratasys announce Dimension Magics

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

Materialise NV, which develops software for the rapid prototyping and manufacturing (RP&M) industry, and Dimension, a business unit of Stratasys, Inc., have teamed up to develop ‘Dimension Magics’, a customised version of Materialise’ Magics software specially tuned to the specific requirements of production on Dimension 3D printers. Dimension desktop 3D printers – which include the [...]

Infor to use TDCI BuyDesign in ERP suites

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

TDCI and Infor have finalized an OEM agreement whereby Infor will provide TDCI‘s BuyDesign Configurator as an integrated component of Infor ERP SyteLine, Infor ERP Sxe and Infor eStorefront. Infor will offer the integrated component through the company’s direct sales force and partner network. TDCI will also sell extended BuyDesign applications to the Infor customer [...]

Can OSCar move from computer to garage? (Car Trouble, Part 2)

Monday, February 26th, 2007

Recently I wrote about the difficulties that the U.S. auto industry finds itself in, due to its over-reliance on the build for inventory business model, as well as dependency on SUV sales for profitability. At the end of that posting, I asked the question as to what might happen if there was a disruptive change [...]

After Katrina

Saturday, February 17th, 2007

I have been a little short of time to write posts here recently, but I hope to resume in the next day or so. In the meantime, I came across a new blog which is very interesting. The ddb NOLA blog  is run by the participants in the Digital Design Build New Orleans LouisianA project, [...]