I highly recommend The Art of the Start 2.0. I’m halfway through this book and I’ve learned a lot about the pitfalls and stumbling blocks of starting a new business. It’s also an invaluable primer on how to succeed in starting a business, by eliminating much of the directions that my small business administration classes of starting, managing and operating a small business instructed me to do.
The market continues to drive where my business will go. I still intend to offer custom 3D models available for shipment anywhere, but I’ve found interesting opportunities that I can add to enhance my output locally. As I mentioned in an earlier blog, I’ll scan people and offer 3D prints similar to the format you see in the following video. This video was developed in 2014 by someone forming a company to be launched in April of that year, print3dpeople.com. The company has yet to materialize, and I can find no evidence of it in searches on the internet although I did find a reference to print3dpeople.com.au. Clicking on that site link gives only the message ‘Not found’. Here is the video:
Further, my research has led me to agonize over the type of 3D printer I’ll use. Rather than laying down successive layers of extruded filament, Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) another method uses Stereolithography (SLA) that “pulls” the print out of a liquid bath. Here is one of several companies offering this product.
MoonRay – World’s Best UV DLP Desktop 3D Printer from SprintRay on Vimeo
Both printers require post-production finishing. Full color 3D printers are available but at this time are marketed to large businesses and cost $40,000 to $100,000. Desktop full color printers were estimated to be available to the home enthusiast and small business in April of this year, but so far none have made it to the marketplace, or have been bought out by larger companies not wishing to share their piece of the pie.
Quote of the week:
“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus”.