Rome wasn’t built in a day. It turns out that initiating the credit card process is not easily accomplished in a one day sitting. There were several videos to watch, interactions with an agent of the service, information forms to be assembled, both of the financial interactions with various banking facilities and those regarding acquiring customer identification, web page links and formatting some additional design elements for that. I had no idea how complicated it would be. So we continue learning the curve and pushing forward with completing the setup.
Hand in hand with that, we’re finishing up two of the last additions to the current posted lineup of jewelry products. The Steamray pendant and the Lace Dragon pendant. The latter is in the final stages of polishing and assembly there only remains the photography and upload thereof to the webpage. The Steamray pendant is awaiting burnishing and assembly too, to be followed with the photographs and upload of those.
We have our first official order. A customer request for the Steampunk Screwhead and Rivet ring.
Quote of the week:
“Sowing and harvesting are the easiest part. The workload in between is the definition of your current state of life.”
~ Oscar Bimpong
Apologies for disappearing from our regularly scheduled weekly updates. We had an unexpected two and a half weeks of entirely dismantling our office and internet connection, moving all into the workshop area and then reassembling and arranging our office again. This was followed by eight days of illness among two of our staff, myself included. We can now return to the completion and opening of our business. Everything is now in place and ready for applying the card processing links to those products completed and photographed on our website. This should be initiated this coming Monday.
Following the card service links, we’ll return to the shop to continue and complete the remaining items shown as screen shots at this time. After the jewelry items are completed, that will be followed by adding a couple of toys, and a couple of office accessories, and we’ll make some selections of design items to be included as screenshots for now, prior to production, of items for the remaining folders displayed in our online catalog categories. As you well know, we have much to catch up on. Here’s keeping our fingers crossed that we’ll have no more unplanned and unexpected delays.
Quote of the week:
“Embrace who you are and your divine purpose. Identify the barriers in your life, and develop discipline, courage and the strength to permanently move beyond them, and keep moving forward.”
~ Germany Kent
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.”
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.”
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
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.”
The past week has kept our photographer busy in diligently working through the limitations of the software, equipment and website structures. We are using AutoCAD ReMake to upload our series of model photos, whereby the software converts a series of pictures to wire-frame format, which can then be converted to a 3D model suitable for printing on our 3D printer. If our tests are successful, we should then have the ability to convert any images, static or including partial or full human subjects.
Along with the ReMake test subjects, time is also being spent to add replacement photos of the design software screenshots with shots of our in-house model displaying our jewelry. This gives us the opportunity to display our jewelry in true-to-scale reference. You can see our model’s presentation of the Aztec Macuahuitl warrior’s club pendant in the Aztec folder. We hope to showcase our remaining designs in thesame manner, so that you can see the representation in true scale.
We’re finally at the stage where we’re organizing shipping services, and will contact our credit card processing service to begin the process of creating links to our items. At that time, we’ll review our website policies and procedures for inclusion to the site on a separate page.
Quote of The week:
“The Earth is Art, The Photographer is only a Witness.”
~ Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Earth from Above
Hi everyone. This is Joe, the owner and operator of advanc3Design. I’ve returned to this week’s blog to give you some updates on recent events. My thanks to my European associates for writing the last few blogs, and giving me some much needed time to concentrate on other aspects of this business. The past three weeks allowed me the time to develop and train my new aides, and establish an organized routine of design and shop work. I’ve also completed several jewelry items and photographed them to be added this website. At this writing, I’m collaborating with a web designer, and we’re improving the website and changing it in preparation for uploading the items I’ve finished. I hope to have twelve items for the initial offerings, with the remaining twelve to be added in the following weeks. Discussions with my designers have led us to plan for the inclusion of additional product lines, which will be evident as added portfolios on the new website. We’ve already completed some items for these portfolios, but those await scheduling by our photographer before we can add them accordingly. We’ve also acquired a new software application which allows us to photograph our hand-sculpted, or assembled, objects and convert them to wire-mesh format which can then be loaded to our 3D printer for duplication and multiple copies.
We had a setback a couple of weeks ago with our 3D printer. We lost a week of downtime while we worked with the maker’s support team to diagnose and correct some software glitches that caused some synchronization issues with the moving parts. Specifically, the wiper arm was moving too fast and striking the build platform before it could rise out of the way. This caused a “jammed motor” error, and took two technicians over a week to diagnose and direct repairs. All is well now and we’re back on track. We also upgraded our I.T. service to a fiber optic system which now gives us more reliable speeds and connectivity to our support platforms across the web. We hope that these improvements will allow us to speed up all aspects of the business.
Quote of the week:
“Just as the mind emerges from the actions of individual neurons and their cooperation, the success of an organization emerges not only from its individual participants, but also from the interplay between them.”