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Mass Customization Monday #22

Another week, another mass customization Monday. Once again we’ve trawled the depths of the internets to find you signals amidst the noise.

Japanese Designer Claims Mass Customization in Fashion is at Hand

Japanese fashion designer Tumia Nakazato has developed a 3D customization technology and claims that mass customization in fashion is at hand. He sais that, “We can design every type and shape of garment to be a precise fit to the wearer’s figure.” using materials such as wool, nylon and cotton. He also thinks that clothes will, “will grow with you” and “we want to create a world where everyone can have tailor-made garments.” His Unit Constructed Textile system builds up silhouettes out of form fit digitally cut fabrics. He showed nine digitally manufactured pieces on the catwalk in Paris and is commercializing the technology.

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 Fashion designers working hand in hand with engineers is an exciting development. By creating a technology that could cost effectively manufacture tailor made clothing this collaboration may have made mass customized fashion a reality. Now the digitally manufactured parts have to be sewn together by hand however. If this portion of the process is solved then these items could indeed become commonplace. What type of company will crack mass customized fashion? Will it be a small technology start up, large companies such as Inditex or will a fashion designer such as Tumia Nakazato make this a reality?

$25,000 Customized Grills

During the summer many people worldwide enjoy grilling outdoors. These new customized grills by Aemyrie wish to become the summum of grilling.

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“An Aemyrie grill captures the personal nature of sheer luxury as the owner is able to create a unique piece of art for their outdoor space, providing a real sense of individuality. Each grill is built by a dedicated team of craftsmen, experienced designers and professional fabricators. In addition, we can complete the production of a grill in a variety of temperature resistant finishes applied to other surfaces using paints, powders, enamels and even liquid metals.”

Inspired by Tuscan wood fires these customized items are aimed at high end markets.

It seems like there will be a super premium of everything eventually. What other prosaic items can be transformed by customization and craftsmen to high end items? What things could with some marketing and high end materials command prices usually reserved for automobiles? It seems that the sky is the limit nowadays.

Laser Cutting Helps Mass Customization in the Beverage Industry

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In the beverage industry laser cutters are being used to mass customize glasses, bottles and even barrels. Epilog Laser even has a rotary attachment to let operators engrave directly onto wine bottles. A Jim Beam experience center, the Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse, laser engraves 70 bottles a day and also mass customizes barrel heads. Custom glasses and other items are ordered directly by consumers or by companies looking to give their customer’s gifts.

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Laser cutting is of overlooked but laser cutters themselves are relatively low cost machines. Higher end laser cutters can be used in office environments because they’re enclosed and work with ventilation systems.  The use of kiosk like screens to let people do their own customization can, because of the software and touchscreen, make this a cost effective thing to do as well. We think that laser cut mass customization can be applied to many more areas and would be a fairly simple and low cost way for companies to get started with mass customization.

Frost & Sullivan Find 3D Printing in Healthcare to Have Cost Advantages

new Frost & Sullivan report finds that,

“3D printing saves healthcare facilities substantial costs by accelerating the concept-to-prototype process, and even creates multiple product iterations within hours or days. The cost of 3D printing is competitive for small production runs an advantageous for companies that have low production volumes or develop parts or products that are highly complex or require frequent modifications.”

“Healthcare is the third-largest consumer of 3D-printed products, behind consumer electronics and motor vehicles, accounting for 17 percent of the total market revenue. Market segments as dentistry, orthopedic reconstruction, orthopedic trauma, and prosthetics are best placed in the next 5 years. Over the next two to five years, markets such as corrective lenses, advanced wound care, and stents also show promising growth prospects. Bio-printing and organ transplants are interesting areas that hold significant potential but are subject to high levels of risk and long dated.”

The fact that 3D printing and mass customized medicine might provide health care providers with lower costs has not often been looked at. In fact if we look at orthopedics, where tens of thousands of implants are being 3D printed each year, these are typically a factor of ten cheaper than traditionally made titanium implants. The 3D printing hype has concentrated on design freedom but lower costs can make this a technology that will be used by business at scale.

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