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- "Making one is easy. Manufacturing is hard."
Ain't that the truth. Really useful perspective, and definitely something I've been thinkkng about - I actually just upgraded a bunch of the replaceable parts last weekend, mostly extruder/bed/hot end stuff.
That's awesome! Do you have any pictures of some favorites that you've made?
Re: building a business vs. the joy of doing something, I think that a major reason that this is the first of my creative ventures that I am actually attempting to properly monetize is that 3D printing is virtually zero effort, as far as production is concerned. Sure, it takes some time to make good designs, but I can just press "go" on the printer and more or less leave it be for the next 6 hours, and once I have a design I like I can just keep printing it for as long as people keep buying it. The actual labor is pretty much front-loaded. I don't have to worry about a day where I don't have the energy to make a product to sell like I would with sewing, or even music. It's just a matter of making sure the machine works.
It's funny, because with sewing or knitting I always enjoy the act of making things so much, but as soon as I have a deadline or a paying customer, it becomes torture and I wish I had a machine that could just do it all for me. And now I do (at least until it falls apart from overuse...)
Looks like a great read, thanks for the recommendation! There are a couple of small artist co-ops in town that I'm hoping to look into once I've been selling on etsy for a month or two, and I would wager lots of other local resources for teeny tiny business owners.
Out of curiosity you thinking of selling your drawings/sketches, or something else?
Hey, thanks for the perspective, artist formerly known as rd95!
Going to mull that formula over for a bit...
I, uh, actually hadn't even thought of the legality of selling the video game stuff until now. I had this hazy memory saying "oh yeah, I've been to Cons before, people are selling fan art all the time. I guess this must be legal!"
Needless to say, seems I was wrong! I'll still probably sell the video game stuff through word of mouth to my nerd friends and their people.
Hey, I have a very tedious issue that I would like some assistance with - if anyone has strong opinions about reasonable price points, I would love any help you've got.
So, a couple of days ago, I mentioned that I'm trying to get that Etsy cash a-rollin' by selling some 3D printed wall art:
A new one I'm pretty pleased with (I prettied up the print a little after this photo to align the tractor beam)
As of tomorrow, I'll have 50 individual units made, and by this sunday I'm hoping to have the shop opened. I've been working a little bit on logistics and packaging the past few days, and am just stuck on the question of price.
Now, I have no fucking clue how much people will buy these things for, but I am guessing that the answer is somewhere around $10, with around a $2.50 over/under. This is based solely on me asking myself "what would I pay for one of these", and a teeny tiny modicum of market research.
The cost of producing these in terms of resources is pretty negligible - the filament and energy consumed are about $.50 per unit. I have the design process pretty streamlined at this point, and a basic design takes maybe an hour to work up. They do take a decent amount of time to print, though, about 1.5 hours for each base, and 45 minutes for the art inlay. I have it set up so I print 12 hexes a day in batches of four, one when I go to work, one when I come back, one when I go to sleep. On weekends I just print the inlays all day if I'm around, and it about evens out, ending up with around 50 units, ignoring ones that turned out imperfect.
The bases connect together, though I think for the most part people will buy just one of whatever design they want and call it a day. I also think that the grouped pieces - like the lunar phases or the cow thing - will sell reasonably well, though probably not as frequently as the individual ones. I'm intending to shoot for a bit of an artsier crowd with the grouped pieces (cow one not necessarily included...), and I plan on mostly designing around a bunch of video game/pop culture themes for the individual pieces. In my mind, I imagine someone looking at my designs, finding one or two individual pieces they like, and maybe getting another one or two pieces as gifts for friends who they know to like such-and-such game/movie.
This being the case, I am thinking of pricing things as follows, which I hope will incentivize buying higher quantities.
My initial pricing was just $7.50 for everything, which seemed very reasonable to me, but I also know I have a big tendency to undervalue my work, and $10 seemed nice and round for a single piece. The grouped pieces will mostly be either 4, 5, or 7 units, just because those are the most aesthetically appealing configurations of the bases for me personally. They'll be made of set colors, and will come pre-assembled, while the individual pieces can have a variety of colors and will come with the pieces to connect them together if one so desires.
TL;DR: if you were in the buying mood, what would you pay for one of these little wall art pieces? They're about 3.75" by 3.25", and really solid - I used 40% infill and a pretty low layer height to ensure that they are pretty hefty. They'll be packaged in individually made little bags, and sent in a bubble wrap mailer.
Additionally, any suggestions for video games/pop culture things that might be of interest to people? I have a dozen or so more designs that aren't pictured here, and am planning on making an Instagram and posting one new design a day once I have the Etsy shop open, and I'm definitely open to suggestions.
(Sorry I tend to go away for 6 months at a time only to come back for shameless plugs)
( Also, lil, yours is mailing Saturday :) )
Name: flac, Brendan, etc.
Still here, just lurking. I've been keeping very busy; I work full time as a teacher in a little radical school in the woods (which all the teachers just finished building a yurt for), I've been finishing up writing a folk EP, I've been learning the harp. I've been planning a wedding, helping plan this summer's plays/plans, working on a garden and building a geodesic dome greenhouse.
I've become obsessed with 3D printing since finally buying a printer in December. I've started designing/printing some little modular wall art pieces to sell, and am just waiting until I've printed enough to start selling. Expect me to shamelessly plug an Etsy imminently.
Glow in the dark moon phases.
assorted nerd shit.
I've also been playing an insane amount of the new Super Smash Bros. game - PM me for my friend code if you wanna catch these hands.
Also, as of today, I am finally a licensed driver.
EDIT: Also, PM me if you want the Tinkercad files for any of the above wall art, gratis for my hubskifolx
In the grand scheme of things, this building doesn't mean that much - it hasn't been a functioning theater for a few decades, and was close to falling down on its own anyway. I grew up right next door to it, and played in the park outside it every day. I threw rocks at it in middle school, broke into it in high school, and helped try to fix it in college. I spent weekends painting walls that were falling in on themselves, cataloging moldy costumes, laminating old playbills.
My family has run a theater program the last 5 years on the grounds of the theater, and have been trying to get the place opened up again, at least so people can see inside of it. They've had some success - we did a play last summer on the balcony of the theater, and opened it up for tours for the local schools. They both work full time jobs and put all their spare time and money into this program. They've gone to every town meeting for 5 years to try and get any support they can, with very little luck.
They stayed up all night to watch the fire, because what else can you do?
I used to sneak out of my bed and sit on the roof with my brother when I was a kid so we could hear the shows they did on summer nights. We couldn't see anything through the trees, but we could hear the words, and my brothers tried to explain what was going on.
I was planning in getting married in the park. Just ordered invitations, too. Going to visit the wreckage this weekend and make some decisions.
Anyways, here's a song I wrote.
PS: the kicker is that at the last town meeting, people were talking about how now they could finally build condos there.