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Ruminations on the Past Year

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I’ve seen and learned so much since I decided to start this business in mid-February. From initiating the state permitting to the current casting tests, everything in between has provided so very many new observations, skills, research, collections and results. I know I’ve only scratched the surface. All is still so new and shiny I can only guess, with a modest sprinkling of hope, where this all might lead to.

Honestly, I thought I would be further along at this point in time. My initial estimate gave me the idea that I could open the doors for business after six months of hard, steady work. I was proven wrong by events out of my control, and some within my control. Realization then kicked in and the target opening date then became the end of October, but I slowly realize that it could take a year to start a business from scratch. There are not very many business models out there to develop a 3D printing business, based on individual implementation. Most such businesses currently in operation rely on a consortium of professionals with various skill sets.

I’m close. As I write this, I’m finally at the production phase, getting everything “on the shelf” for distribution. After this first stock of items, and with the addition of much needed in-house support, I can concentrate on my original intent of providing 3D modeling to the individual and business communities. Attention to marketing, web site upgrade and development, and a return to the organic modeling software will be addressed in short order, with hope that there will be no more interruptions in business flow from outside sources.

The holidays are here and to those of you who celebrate the season, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, filled with your favorite memories and the closeness of family and friends.

Quote of the week:

“It came without ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages, boxes or bags!… Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! “Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more!” ~Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

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