Personalization is more customization

At the core, personalization enables the user modify a base design to fit to their personal taste. This sounds fantastic and can open a new world where people design their own products within a set of constraints. But when you talk to people about it, they are only mildly interested. The question is why that is?

Can supply chain made simpler with on-demand manufacturing?

One of the major challenges for individual and small companies for launching products is supply chain. To find, select and manage a small number of suppliers to manufacture and assemble your product can be a challenge. In this post, I explore how on-demand manufacturing can positively impact this.

The mono culture of 3D printing

There is a tendency with 3D printing to print a whole product as a single continuous product. But in real-life products are not a single part and there are good reasons for that. The requirements for individual parts are different. No single material is able to match all of the required properties — especially in the limited offering of materials available for 3D printing.

Online 3D printing services should watch out

When online 3D printing services became available around 2008, the availability of home 3D printers was limited. Fast forward to today and the choice for home 3D printers is growing. Also their capabilities and performance are increasing as well while prices are dropping. What does this mean for online 3D printing services?

No 3D printer for you :)

Often I read the expectations that there will be a 3D printer in every home in 5 years or a decade. In this post I explain why I do not believe that.

3D printing over its top?

Gartner released their yearly report called Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies. 3D printing is part of this report for the last couple of years. This year, Gartner’s analysts have positioned 3D printing at the peak of inflated expectations. Did 3D printing reached its top?

Amazon’s platform for products

In 2002, Jeff Bezos send around the following within Amazon. He realized that Amazon needed to be a platform to be grow and scale. He did not use the term Service Orientated Architecture, he did not care, he just wanted to move Amazon as a company in a certain direction. AWS was born out of this.

The rise of accessible and affordable manufacturing technology

In this post I explore the rising and maturing of affordable manufacturing technologies like 3D printing, CNC and laser cutting. Does this create opportunities for hardware startups?

The infinite tail

The basis of the theory of The Long Tail is underpinned by the fact that the internet lowered distribution costs, and thereby making it possible to offer large inventories to customers. But the rise of self-publishing has changed the distribution mechanism itself. The net effect is that the tail is getting longer each day.

Value creation in 3D printing

3D printing has been around for decades, but the technology has gathered more mindshare and media attention in the recent years. Still the state of the industry is in its infancy. There are a lot of opportunities in the market. In this post, I will explore where I think those opportunities are.