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Leslie Karpas on Meta-Modernism, 2015

 

Metamason is born of a single ideal: to revolutionize the way we make products such that they are personalized to the end user.
 
Design as we know it has existed for centuries. From the moment the first masons discovered how to fire clay and cut stone, humans have been devising ways to make objects better suit their needs. We learned to shape raw materials into standard products and distribute them among consumers—the fundamental process of mass production that has underpinned product design since the earliest bricks and handaxes. Since then, technological and cultural improvements have vastly expanded mass production’s capacity and scope, putting design quality once reserved for kings into the hands of billions.

Yet mass-produced objects aren’t made for you; they’re made for someone like you, someone you might resemble or act like—because product design in the modern world has only ever been able to think in terms of market segments, never individual people. Limited by supply chain inefficiencies, products have emerged as a series of compromises between engineer, designer, manufacturer, and customer. The resulting system ultimately fails to address the needs of the individual human being in service of a carefully calibrated average, attempting to achieve the least bad for the most people rather than striving for the most good.

No longer.

Due to the proliferation of 3D technologies like printers, scanners, AR, and cloud computing; we are on the verge of a profound revolution in the making of objects. The gaps are being bridged between design and manufacturing, between products and people. The moment has arrived when cost-effectiveness, demand, and technological capability allow for a new methodology of creation. The sun is rising on a new world: the world of Mass Personalization.

 

putting design quality once reserved for kings into the hands of billions.

 

a world where we make perfectly fitting products for every customer.

 

We at Metamason are working together to bring never-before-seen products to market where they will improve lives through this hybrid of mass production and customization. Uniting computer vision, digital engineering, cutting-edge design and additive manufacturing into a platform we call Scan·Fit·Print™, we can create a product that perfectly fits the individual for whom it is designed. In the former world of mass production, the best that makers and users could hope for was a good fit; we could not dream of a world where we make perfectly fitting products for every customer.

Now we can.

Metamason’s initial focus is squarely on healthcare—a market where mass production fails humanity most acutely, and at the greatest cost, both in human and economic terms. We intend to prove that customization signals a measurably better existence for anyone poorly served by anonymously produced objects.

To prove the the efficacy of the Scan·Fit·Print™ platform, we have identified a product that customization will fundamentally transform: nasal interfaces for the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. OSA is a chronic respiratory disorder affecting millions in which oxygen deprivation leads to chronic fatigue, depression, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, weight gain, and early mortality. 

 

Every human face is different—and in respiratory therapy, a good fit can be the difference between life and death. That’s why we created Miia™: the first-ever truly personalized, 3D printed CPAP mask for patients with OSA. Because each mask is based on a 3D scan of the individuals face, we can guarantee that Respere™ will fit better—and thus be more comfortable and work more effectively—than any other CPAP mask they’ve ever tried.

Metamason doesn’t simply sell products; we provide connection to a curated process—one that enables your direct voice in objects that profoundly impact your life. Using your body as a template, our software builds in seconds what ordinarily a team of designers and engineers needed months to achieve. We are creating more than products; we are building technology that empowers you through personalized creation.

Today we have the technology and heart to usher in a new age of making, and of makers. No longer content with the rough tools of the mason, together we are Metamason. 

 

we are building technology that empowers you through personalized creation.