Things are happening faster than I can keep up with, everything is so cool. I just don't have time to build all the awesome things I want to. We've outgrown our current facilities and are looking to expand. We're hoping to hire on more help this summer and get our production ramped up too, until then I could really use an intern if anyone is interested in getting some real life experience with 3d printing, digital design, and project management. Just use our contact form with the header 'intern'.
Where to start? Well firstly We finished our first production level prototype saber vape and are now showing them off. They'll be available on our Etsy store in the next few days. They look amazing and are a must if you're into the Starwars franchise. The electrical equipment was the most difficult part of the design, fitting everything into the saber and making sure it was safe and fast to produce. Its been a big project, but with our circuit design we can build any shape someone wants not just light sabers, and make it functional, Yay! I'm going to build a sonic screwdriver one next!
Secondly, we're working with some local companies to develop some really cutting edge industrial electrical wiring equipment. This is a BIG one. The models are in design phase right now and when they're ready we're going to be fabricating the prototypes machines right in our own metal shop for field testing. I'm really excited about this one because it's capable of literally making the world a little bit of a better place. What more could you want?
And the biggest and possibly the best? We've developed a breathable plastic. It lets lots of air in but holds back fluids. This one is amazing, friggin amazing. It's been through field testing with great success and we'll be patenting it this month then revealing it. :D
Ok, time to check the printers and design some more awesome into the world!
So it's been almost a month since the printer lit up and came to life. So much, so very, very much has happened...
We were swamped with so many orders in just a few days that we bought the parts to build two new printers. The new printers are now in the shop being built. They're fully custom builds, designed and engineered by yours truly, because they need to be big, really big. I'll post the builds on this site as they come along.
We built a special, low temp heater to house and speed the painting of our products and to help keep our printable plastics completely dry. Here she is assembled with the paint drying. A small propane burner sits in the bottom under the a heat guard, shelves sit in it all the way up and the door closes with wee little magnets. Ill grab some more pictures this week and probably post it in the gallery page.
So far in the last 20 something days I've worked uncountable 30+ hour shifts and one really wild 76 hour shift. The 30+ shifts I can do with no problem, I've never slept much, but during the 76 hour monster I had to run I took 3.5 hours of naps over three days.
I've learned that it REALLY isn't work when you love what you do and let me tell you. I LOVE this stuff.
I have a team now that helps me which is awesome. My wife who has always been my primary partner is right next to me at the moment doing our taxes.
Some of her friends have volunteered to help with things like painting, modeling, and wonderful ideas which makes a HUGE difference in how much I can produce. (Thank you Sheryl, and Kaitlyn!)
And one other VERY important person whom YellowFox will be introducing later this year if I'm lucky enough to make the money to hire them.
I have a close friend that's a professional photographer who has agreed to come over and take some slick photos of our stuff so that's awesome :D
The orders just keep rolling in which is great, but I think what amazes me more is how fast those orders are rolling out. I'm always 3D modeling, printing, updating, welding, plasma cutting, soldering, designing a circuit, etc. and I couldn't be happier. I try to take time off, but all I want to do is build more awesome amazing stuff.
Right now we all just have so much work that we're trying our best to keep up until we can hire more help and get into a bigger shop. So many Awesome things to build! /Flail
Okay, emails need to be sent to customers, circuits need to be designed, parts need to be modeled, frames need to be welded... YAY! (Sometimes I like to pretend I'm engineer on a federation ship. I might install Jeffery's tubes in the shop lol).
...Ima go build a blaster...
For the longest time I've been sitting on a plethora of 3d modeling skills and software. It's a throwback to when I was in the coding industry in Cali. I did some work making 3d commercial presentations but there's a caveat to that kind of work. Basically if the device working modeling doesn't make money then you don't get paid, and if it does make money you still wont get paid. In short startups try to save a lot of money by not paying anyone. :P Get your money up front, that's all I'm sayin'.