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One More Step

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Our Terms and Conditions, and Policies, have been finalized and it remains to be uploaded to our website. We’ll do that after our commitment to the fine folks and students of The Redd School tomorrow. After that, the final step is to contact our payment processing service and link our production items.

We’ve been making preparations for our collaboration with The Redd School’s Spring Festival where we’ll demonstrate the operation of our 3D printer along with some interactive games in the form of 3D puzzles we’ve printed. We’ll upload one of those puzzles into the Toys folder on our website, in the next week. While at The Redd School we’ll also demonstrate a sampling of the post production work that is required in making the printed items. We hope to inspire future generations into the workings of engineering design.

It’s been a long and grueling road from our start in mid March of last year to this point. I hope that the remainder of our jewelry production items can be produced and uploaded quickly, as in a few weeks, and that will allow us to concentrate on the other folders still noted as under construction. We’ve had far too many side tracks that were related to office work, purchasing, legal and business matters. Personally, I much prefer concentrating on the design and production aspects and I hope to see a lot more of that in the coming months.

Quote of the week:

“Each step you take reveals a new horizon. You have taken the first step today. Now, I challenge you to take another.”
~Dan Poynter

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Land Sharks

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The title of this blog refers to lawyers. We’ve only one more policy to complete, out of nine of the website terms and conditions, and this one is something we had hoped to avoid addressing. I refer to the proprietary ownership of our customers personal design.

It was my intent to leave ownership, and time spent, of said design in the hands of the customer, free of charge. I’ve since had to rethink that because of a recent event in the past couple of months. I started a project after a prospective customer contacted us regarding a specific design intent. After some back and forth consultation and design approvals and iterations with a full week of research and subsequent modeling design, the customer was surprised to be presented by someone else with a similarly designed product as a gift. The customer then asked us to defer their design for a later time, if at all. So we lost a valuable week of time and production and learned our lesson.

This leaves us with a couple of options regarding ownership of the design, and time spent. I’d still like to leave ownership of a custom design with the customer, but with provisions. That’s what we’re looking at now in terms of policy and procedures. I hope to have all of this tied up by Monday, then we can proceed with pricing our items and linking our payment service.

Quote of the week:

“Lawyers work hard and, like us, they’re human…, many of them.”
~Dick Cavett

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Can of Worms

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Hi, this Joe again, owner and designer of advanc3Design. The Saturday after my last blog brought us the jewelry sales and use tax permit in the mail, so we’re ready to go on that front. Otherwise, I thought writing Terms and Conditions would be a straightforward task that the law firm would organize into legalese and I would just fill in the blanks, but I see that there are a minimum of at least a dozen subjects to consider carefully. This will include statements on policies and procedures, liability, intellectual ownership, copyrights, privacy, returns, shipping, payments and a few other subjects. This will take some research, into next week, to finalize.

This holiday weekend takes a couple of days away from my usual schedule, so I’ll take advantage of the time off before I get into the hearts of the subjects noted. I don’t know how long it will take for the law firm to develop the text of the statements, but I hope that it won’t take more than a couple of days. If I can get my research and decisions completed by Wednesday and the law firm can react in a timely manner, it is hoped that I may finalize that exercise by the end of the following week. All that will remain is the credit card processing, opening for business, and then we can concentrate again on the production and shop work.

My aides are not yet proficient in detailing post production shop work, so their roles, for the moment, are assigned to pre-production. That leaves me to essentially run the shop myself.

Quote of the week:

“Never open a can of worms unless you plan to go fishing.”
~John C Maxwell

 

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Opening Doors

So this past week led us to take a couple of big steps towards finally getting this business opened. The first was our application to the state for our sales and tax permit for vending our jewelry items locally and online. We’re checking our mailbox daily and hope for that to arrive at latest by sometime next week. The second is our contact last Thursday, with our law firm of choice, to review our website and policies before our opening date. After some final decisions on details, the next step will be to contact our existing credit card processor to establish the links and prices to each item, and that will then enable the official startup of the business site. At the moment, I’m in the process of writing and editing the disclaimers page, which our lawyer will then review. Along with that. I’m also looking into the possibility of providing free shipping of our items.

We’ll initially have eight items for sale, with another eight awaiting only the post-production cleanup of buffing and polishing and of course, our photography of those items for upload to the website. The final eight items items are now in queue for casting time. I think I’ll concentrate on the Goth and Steampunk designs before I finish the other folder items.

Quote of the week:

“There are so many doors to open. I am impatient to begin.”
~Charlie Gordan

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Design Faults

It’s been a disappointing past week as I’ve had some failures of design. Namely, the Tulip ring, Skull and Rose pendant, and Skull and Rose earrings. The fault lies in the design of the rose itself. Even though to 3D printing software acknowledges that the design is printable, it can’t form the individual petals of the rose, or the tulip leaf. I’ve had eight printing attempts with eight failures. So it’s “back to the drawing board” to select and develop other designs of interest in our portfolio bank.

Our next castings, for inclusion in our online folders, are the Steamray pendant, Lace Dragon, Gearwheel ring and the Mictlantecuhtli pendant.

On another note, we’re slowly exchanging our online folder software screenshots of the designs to those of our model wearing and displaying our jewelry offerings, most of which are in the Women’s Jewelry and Goth pages.

Quote of the week:

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
~Thomas A. Edison