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Response to originalpckelly (Reply #17)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 04:06 PM

18. Throughout the history of manufacturing...

...things were custom made. If you wanted a stool, you made a stool. If you wanted 5 stools, you made a stool and a stool and a stool and a stool and a stool. None of the parts of one were directly interchangeable with another.


Then came precision measuring and mechanization, and we got mass production. Now you could make a bin full of stool seats, another bin full of stool legs, and a third bin full of stool leg cross-members. If you needed 5 stools, or 500, you just took them out of the parts bin and assembled them.


Now we're stepping into the realm of mass-customization.

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