Ponoko (see earlier report) gave one of the favorite presentations at the MCPC 2007 in Boston. The company is a perfect example of user manufacturing. Nic from Ponoko just informed me about their 10-day design challenge series, running from today until March 10. Each day, they ask for designs within a special category.
Being a small company, prices are not that big, but it will be lots of fun and it seems to be an easy way to test Ponoko. The Ponoko crew also can fill its assortment of user design with this project -- and thus, even if you do not win, chances are that other people like your design and you can sell it though their on-demand manufacturing system. The winner gets $1,000. 10 get $300. 25 get their designs made for free ...
Ponoko also got plenty of press in the last weeks, here is a review:
The New York Times – Tinkering at Home, Selling on the Web
The Economist – Bespoke Manufacturing – I made it my way
BBC News – The shape of things to come
Wired – (multiple articles)
MIT Technology Review – Automated Custom Manufacturing
TechCrunch – (multiple articles)
Engadget – Ponoko now live to make, market your gizmo
TrendWatching – 8 important consumer trends for 2008
Treehugger – (multiple articles)