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Operations Research and Lego

Lego symbolThe blog Deviant Abstraction points out that Lego’s (you know: building blocks that can be put into lots of different shapes) new Lego Factory has an interesting OR problem to solve: how can they put together packets of pieces so as to minimize waste when customers can order from more than 500,000 different pieces? Of course, OR needs to be used here. If anyone has a technical reference, I would love to see it! As someone who has a little more Lego than any mid-40s guy should have (and my two year old is not allowed to touch it! He can get his own!), the combining of two of my passions is appealing.

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  1. Michael Trick | May 15, 2006 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

    Here’s another article on this: http://news.com.com/Hackings+a+snap+in+Legoland/2100-1046_3-5865751.html

  2. Michael Trick | May 19, 2006 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    Looks like OR is not yet being used here:

    http://www.deviant-abstraction.net/2006/05/19/lego-and-operations-research-follow-up/trackback/

  3. Michael Trick | May 19, 2006 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    One more set of pointers on this:

    http://www.thelongtail.com/the_long_tail/2006/05/lego_how_they_d.html

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