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While Core77 is an international “design” oriented website, it is not a retail outlet for craft work. We love to hear, and see, how ideas are developed (not too hard, since you’ve explained it in your k/s link), but the end result of your “project” would be more appropriately posted on Etsy.com
I will allow this to stand, but please refrain from submitting similar posts.
Try the >Business Practices forum here. Lot’s of information there for you. Maybe even start your own thread there to discuss your business venture, but keep it non commercial.
The “Because We Can” blog post(s) on the main page is also good for you as part 1 summary is: “Here in Part 1, the duo tell us about their fortuitous discovery of ShopBot and how digital fabrication helped launch their firm.”
Good luck to you! The mod here has already reviewed your work.
Most of the time, the output of the epilog seems more graphic design with a little bit of “fabrication” than anything else. Obviously, the possibilities (can) go further than that but that’s not the machines job.
Scott bringing up “community” - now we’re getting somewhere! Who’s your target audience and how do you plan on reaching them? Well, we know one of your answers is kickstarter.
Mbrecher, update your profile with your location. The community here can possibly refer resources that are local to you.
Thanks. Yeah there is ADX and Tech shop here. The problem is that renting time on a machine doesn’t work out. It is like $2 per minute and some of the designs take 5-10 minutes to cut. I have been renting time on a machine at an Architectural Model Shop for prototyping. To make the covers at an affordable price, there is no choice but to buy a laser cutter.
Thanks for the link. Those are pretty inexpensively priced machines. My concern with buying a foreign made and supported laser is the support network and availability of parts. Have your purchased anything from them?
Thought I would post an update, seeing as so many of you are considering Kickstarter. Be prepared to be a salesman. Kickstarter isn’t going to magically bring you tons of traffic. I have spent the last two weeks doing nothing but chasing blogs, emailing everyone I know and cajoling all my friends to pass Toast along. It is working but not at the rate I need to make my funding goal. I am still waiting to see if some of the major blogs will pick it up.
I am also learning to work FB, twitter and even trying Instagram. Getting the word out is the only job right now, and probably going forward if this launches.
Anyone got a suggestion for a blog to hit up? I am trying to target more fashion and craft blogs now or some of the smaller design websites.
I am trying for more of a stand alone business model then the Etsy one. Not to say I couldn’t try to tap into that market. But I have set up the business plan on larger production quantities then I think are the norm at Etsy. Last time I looked, Etsy took a good sized cut too. I’ll look into it. Thanks.
Thanks. I have been hitting up the gadget blogs. Not a lot of traction with them. The World’s Best Ever was great. Also GrassrootsModern and Design.org covered us. Posting on Reddit has got us infront of people too. We are getting there. 4 days to go and are at 65% funding. This will be down to the wire!