This Business Case started with a census of the independent designers and producers among the 78 TCBL Associate Enterprises. These were contacted by their local Labs to understand their business development needs. A survey was then distributed asking to prioritize the most important areas for TCBL support (pattern making software, body scanner services, e-commerce platforms, promotion, quality certification, networking). Pattern making emerged as an important issue, so 4 webinars were held in both Italian and English to introduce digital pattern making and, in particular, the MacroGen-PatternMaker software suite.
An agreement was then reached with the software provider PatternMaker (a TCBL Associate Service Provider) to obtain four-month trial licenses for the entire suite for interested TCBL Design and Place Labs. Currently the software is installed at the Palermo Place Lab, FabLab Venezia, Lottozero Design Lab, and the in-itinere REDU Place Lab in Romania. TCBL Associate Advisor Eugenie Naber is providing further training and support.
Specific case studies are being developed with TCBL Associate Enterprises Simona La Torre and MAD to develop new business models (e.g. distributed production, made to measure, etc.) based on these tools.