Direction for manufacturing TF creations

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  1. DavidThrone

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    I am an inspiring artist who wants to make my transformer creations a reality.
    But there is no resource for the process.
    I have the detailed drawings, designs and copyrights.
    But finding a manufacturer who will communicate with me is hard to do. I have the funds for the process I just need the right direction to help me get the ball rolling.
    Is there anybody here who can help me?
     
  2. Aernaroth

    Aernaroth <b><font color=blue>I voted for Super_Megatron and Veteran

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    Unless you're in China, you're unlikely to find anyone specialized in toy manufacturing.

    See if there's any businesses in your area that does injection molded plastic or polymer resin casting. Call them and at the very least maybe they can point you in the right direction.
     
  3. mrdecepticon

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    You COULD create customs using existing Transformer parts.You would be amazed at what people can do and come up with.
     
  4. Rexidus

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    Shapeways is a site that allows user uploads to be bought and made via 3D printing. It isn't toy quality plastic but it can at least give you a physical thing. And honestly the plastic is actually good just don't expect it to be toy quality.

    For an example of what people here have done with Shapeways I direct you to Fakebuskers thread:
    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/transformers-fan-art/384034-fakebuskers-shapeways-thread.html

    Check out the Radicon section for more info on specific pieces.
     
  5. 2ndSndWve

    2ndSndWve Hen... Shin!

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    I was just about to post this.
     
  6. flamepanther

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    From what little I know about getting things manufactured, you'll need to take it past the drawing phase first anyway. You'll want actual 3D sculptures or CGI models that molds can be made from. We have some threads on scratch building. Maybe you can start there. Also, judging by what I heard from Venksta just recently, unless you think you can sell a thousand or more, you might want to consider garage casting as an alternative to manufacturing.
     
  7. DavidThrone

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    I have all the 3D models built to modifications and I also had some built on Shapeways. I just want to do what "FansProject or I-GEAR" is doing. I'm hopefully someone here will have more information about the subject.
    Thanks
     
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    Your best bet would probably be to talk privately with one of the forum members who knows the people in those groups and has insight into how they operate. No guarantees they can on that though. They may not be able to provide a lot of detail.
     
  9. Aernaroth

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    Fansprojects and I-gear have connections in Chinese factories that already specialize in the kind of casting and machining needed to make their products. Essentially, they use these factory spaces and their available equipment to mold (and likely package) their figures, and when the factories aren't producing their toys, they're producing something else.

    Basically, they started out having connections to manufacturing facilities.
     
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    I've heard people say that Fansproject uses a factory that normally makes dishes and kitchenware.
     
  11. Aernaroth

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    Ive heard that too. Including kitchen knives.
     
  12. superkamiguru

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    You could always go on shark tank
     

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