mass customization

The KAV 3D Printed Bike Helmet on Kickstarter

One area where we’ve seen a lot of 3D printing activity is in helmets. Now, KAV is joining the fray with a mass-customized, made-to-measure helmet. The company says that machine…

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Twikit’s Laddy Mass Customizes Lattices with Predictable Mechanical Properties for 3D Printing

Mass customization software firm Twikit has a number of products that mass customize anything from jewelry to orthotics, car parts and sports gear. Now, it’s broadened the application area of…

Dream 3D Printing Mergers & Acquisitions: What if Henkel Acquired…

Inspired in part by the SPAC mergers of VELO3D with Jaws, Markforged with one, and Rocket Lab with Vector Acquisition Corporation, as well as the acquisition of EnvisionTEC by Desktop Metal, and…

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Critical Analysis: Materialise (MTLS) Buys RSscan. What Does It Mean for 3D Printing Applications?

Belgian 3D printing service and software company Materialise (MTLS) has just purchased the remainder of RSscan and RSPrint, including the Phits personalized insole business, for €8.2 million. Here I’ll briefly…

3D Printing: the Future of Sticks

Sports equipment is a multi-billion dollar business operating globally at many price points. We can buy inexpensive gear at stores such as Decathlon, but, elsewhere, also super-premium tennis rackets, golf…

3DPOD Episode 31: Martijn Joris, Twikit & Mass Customization

Twikit is a mass customization startup that hopes to make many things parametric. With their software, companies can let consumers customize electronics, car parts or orthotics to their liking or…

3D Printing and Mass Customization, Hand in Glove Part V

We know that we are using far too many materials in a quest for consumption, could recycle them and could use these recycled goods in high valued materials but why…

3D Printing and Mass Customization, Hand in Glove Part IV

Earlier in this series, we’ve discussed how we’re drunk on consumption, how we use up too much material, and that recycling has some constraints. Now we’ll look at how creating…

3D Printing and Mass Customization, Hand in Glove Part III

As discussed in the first and second installments of this series, we are drifting into a consumption-driven stupor and self-medicating our way through lives that, if we live in OECD…

3D Printing and Mass Customization, Hand in Glove Part II

In the first article in this series, I laid out a consumer consumption-driven world where our needs are never quite met by things. Our needs are now mistranslated into a…

3D Printing and Mass Customization, Hand in Glove Part I

The industrial revolution saw the advent of mass manufacturing. The assembly line and the hourly wage worker invented, splitting up products into parts made through a series of repetitive serial…

Carima’s Latest 3D Printer Targets Dental Mass Production

Carima is continuing its mission to reach into every vertical with its ultra-quick C-CAT DLP technology. Though C-CAT, short for Carima Continuous Additive 3D Printing Technology, demonstrated its 1 cm…

3D Print Mass Customized Grippers Thanks to trinckle

3D printed tooling has now proven itself on the factory floor, but AM has yet to fully fulfill its transformative potential across manufacturing. Still, we are seeing bits and pieces…

3D Printing Interview with Kegan Fisher – CEO of Frank Darling

This is an interview with co-founder and CEO of Frank Darling, Kegan Fisher. She has years of experience within design as well as a background within of entrepreneurship.

Interview with Len Wanger of Deer Valley Ventures

This is an interview with Len Wagner, the Chief Technology Manager of Impossible Objects. Len has great insight into the world of technology as well as finance and gives some good thoughts on the future of the additive industry.

Fast Things 7: On Demand Manufacturing, Float Like a Butterfly

“Insurers receive premiums upfront and pay claims later….This collect-now, pay-later model leaves us holding large sums…money we call “float” …that will eventually go to others. Meanwhile, we get to invest…

China: Case for the Mass Customization of 3D Printed Martial Arts Shoes

In ‘Exploration and Analysis Based on Mass Customization Design and Production of Martial Arts Shoes,’ Wuhan University of Science and Technology researchers Peng Hong and Xia Xinqiao explore the dynamics…

Twikit Showcases Mass Customized Braces and Automotive Parts at Rapid 2019

Belgian mass customization software company Twikit showcased a number of mass customization cases and applications at RAPID + TCT 2019. The Twikit team was able to show BMW Group’s Mini…

Casting New Light on Killer Applications

If there’s one constant throughout my career in both 2D and 3D printing, it’s that the key to growth lies in the ability to uncover and exploit “killer applications.” Nowadays…

3D Printing News Briefs: March 16, 2019

We’re starting with 3D software and medical 3D printing in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, and then moving on to stories about some cool 3D printed projects. Sinterit has updated…

Carbon Releases the L1 3D Printer

Carbon has been making progress rolling out its 3D printers worldwide. The company has new directors, expanded its partnership with Ford and boldly reduced the prices on its resins. The company…

Customers Customizing Their Own 3D Printed Razor Handles with Gillette’s New Razor Maker Platform

Everywhere you look, there’s customization and personalization in the products we use daily – we consumers definitely like the items we use to reflect our preferences and personal tastes. And…

Materialise and BASF Future Leaders in Customized 3D Printed Eyewear

The global eyewear market is a $180 billion market dominated by one company Luxottica. If we look at today’s deal whereby BASF is investing $25 million in Materialise we could…

Shapeways Unveils Customizable Spring & Wonder 3D Printed Jewelry Collection

Shapeways has been at the forefront of consumer 3D printing, growing the become the largest provider of its kind. Over a million creators have used the print services to produce…