Fascinating little piece (no dollhouse puns intended) on the Ponoko blog:

Mass customization and rapid manufacturing are still considered to be in the early stages of popular usage, but there’s at least one hobby that has embraced both from the beginning. Think Victorian architecture, painted lady grilles, miniature side chairs, and tiny four poster beds. For years dollhouses have been literal play grounds for laser-cut design and customization.

After the jump are five companies keeping the dollhouse tradition alive with current manufacturing technologies.

Early Adoption of Mass Customization and Laser Tech–Dollhouses [via Brian Jepson’s Twitter feed]