Maix to Launch in January

By on December 29th, 2016 in Service

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 Maix is to launch a consumer-driven product production system
Maix is to launch a consumer-driven product production system

A secretive project to enable consumers to “design” their own products is set to launch in a few weeks. 

“Maix” appears to be a company using generative software to dynamically create consumer products. They explain: 

Maix is an experienced and multi-disciplinary team of designers, developers and visionaries.We empower people to create physical products, quickly and easily by themselves. We use photos instead of complicated computer software as a design tool and disrupt the way products are being created. We’ve built an App that enables people without any experience to create beautiful, personal and unique products.

And here is their “five step process” for using the new system: 

 Maix's five-step process
Maix’s five-step process

This seems very reminiscent of a few other select systems where designers create parametric 3D models of specific objects, and then customers are encouraged to tweak settings to adjust their size, shape and colors to achieve a desirable product. 

Once a client has designed an object, it is produced by Maix behind the scenes. Based on their site and video, it appears they may be using 3D print technology to produce these objects, as it would make no sense at all to try and do this with traditional making processes like injection molding. 

They apparently will launch an app, shown here, in which they will enable all this to happen. When they say “pictures”, I presume they mean the images shown by the app during “tweaking”. That visual approach should be familiar to almost anyone. 

 The Maix app
The Maix app

It’s an interesting idea, but others have had this notion before and have not succeeded in any large way. We’ll have to watch Maix and see how they fare. 

Via Maix

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!