Just a few days ago, I took the leap. So far, so good! I’ve had what I consider good interest, and I’m working on filling orders. Not every ‘order’, though, is for reloading / swaging accessories. Friends learn about the printer and their minds go into high gear… I just printed 52 .027 gauge train track connectors!
The good? Things are running relatively smoothly. The printer is running great – glad it doesn’t need sleep because it’s not getting any. I’ve built process around my activities. The processes include having a Google Docs spreadsheet where I’m tracking orders & milestones; part of that spreadsheet is posted publicly and linked to the site so customers know where their order stands. I’m also scheduling print jobs to maximize output (Google Calendar) – some jobs run longer than others, and I need to be here to take them off the build plate before the next job can start. I’ve stayed current on e-mail, private messages and posts on the relevant forums. I’ve had a chance to catch my breath, go back and make sure my i’s are dotted and T’s crossed – fixing a couple of typos here and there on the blog. I think I’m in a good spot at the moment.
The bad? Not enough time in the day to learn more. Lon has pointed me to many things that I still need to learn & explore – settings for the slicing software, tweaks to settings and other things to try. Things are settling down after the initial push, so I hope to have time soon to dive into those things. I don’t want selling a few things to overshadow the fun of learning & exploring this new technology.
Gotta run – Google Calendar is reminding me that it’s about time to swap out another piece! And, off to work!