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Forum topic by Warren posted 04-15-2013 03:33 PM 1146 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-15-2013 03:33 PM

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Hi All,

Im hoping you can send my some sawdust wisdom on a little project ive been asked to consider. There is a company called Muji that create little wooden stylized versions of iconic buildings which they sell as kids toys. A company here in Europe have asked if it can be done cheaply for EU cities too.

Im looking to find out how these things can be made both cheaply quickly and on a scalable fashion. In other words, it could be a project that grows quite quickly if the price is right.

Ive enclosed some pictures of the orignal Muji blocks, I am not sure if they are hand made, CNC cut or what. What do you all think? What would be the best way to replicate this sort of thing that isnt labour intensive but is still cheap! (These sets usually sell for about $14)

-- Im more succesfull at making sawdust than I am at making furniture

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#1 posted 04-17-2013 08:52 PM

Have it made in China.

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#2 posted 04-18-2013 12:41 AM

Stack cutting might be a solution for some of the shapes.

I’d be hard pressed to come up with a way to do this at that price point and still make a profit.

Considering the $14/set probably includes retail markup those things have to be manufactured dirt cheap.

My bet would be Chinese made.

-- Steve

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#3 posted 04-18-2013 01:03 AM

Not sure if Europe is a little saner, but for something that would sell for $14 here in the States, retailers would probably demand a product cost of about $2 at the most. No kidding. That and customers’ desire for ever cheaper is what leads to Chinese production. The only thing that has a chance to beat it is high capital outlay for advanced equipment and enough volume to amortize the costs, a product where tighter tolerances matter, or a combination.

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