Hey @chrismakesstuff I was just wondering if the 3D printed parts are the principle bottleneck to scaling out shipments? I saw Greg posted the other day on Facebook that you were up to 40 printers now. I totally get why it’s a great way to get the first few dozen machines out and you can quickly make any necessary adjustments to the designs etc as the feedback rolls in from the lucky first shipment recipients.
But once you’re 100% confident the parts are all dialed in, wouldn’t it make sense to scale up the 3D printing work by using someone like Xometry who are front ending hundreds of shops and also have large scale 3D printing capability? Detailed photos of an SLS print here: Xometry review - Professional 3D Prints for Hobbyists?
I didn’t even know about these guys a few months ago but I’ve done a few “test” projects with them to see how it goes, and they’ve exceeded my expectations. Spin 2 of the battery adapter arrives with the designer tomorrow (we got a few measurements off in our design, the production was dead on what we asked for). I suspect they could turbo charge your 3D printing capabilities and also they have hundreds of shops they have vetted that they sub to, so you can parallelize massively and only have to manage one supplier. Importantly, you could likely move to SLS as the material which will give a very high end and rugged finish as well.
I’m 99% sure my new GRR-Ripper safety push block is SLS printed and it has a lovely finish, if you happen to have one of those around. Heck sign up via the link in my other post and take advantage of that $50 credit on your first order and order up some of your harder parts to get a sense of the quality and compare. Running all those printers must be a pain in the butt! I bet you can get a couple samples of your own parts at virtually no cost…