I need advise to start my own third party company

Discussion in 'Transformers 3rd Party Discussion' started by P4NCH0, Sep 10, 2020.

  1. toonbot

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    E8ED6973-B760-4EB3-8171-6FDFFE05AB7D.jpeg Understanding injection molding is great advise but it’s still financially not easily accessible.

    The gateway drug into mold making that you can actually do now is buy one of these affordable mold making starter kits Link below.

    My site and my Instagram has examples of custom molds I made for botshots characters using injection molding smoothon. I made a trailer for ultramagnus. in combination with 3d printing to make your master mold you can make almost anything. Below are some pictures.

    Kits, Everything You Need To Make It Now!


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    these ones, are they for punching in pins then?
     
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    For the love of god START. SMALL. Make some upgrade kits that are one or at most two individual parts. Don't bother with 3D printing unless you have a very sophisticated printer, as most of the regular consumer-grade ones just don't produce parts with the kind of finish most fans are willing to tolerate. Don't let your ambition get ahead of you, as the complexity of anything you design will be exponentially more complex to produce.
     
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    that being said, printing works well for uncomplicated, outta sight utility pieces

    (mp44 starscream head connector, ER cliffjumper roof fix, etc)
     
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    Best advice, look at everything Wei Jiang did up until the fucked with The Mouse!
     
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    Oooh. Possibly? I don't see a heating element or feed tray and it reminds me of the pedestal drill press in my old carpentry shop. Might very well be a pin driver.
     
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    That is some nice mold work, man. I love the level if detail.
     
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    If you are living anywhere but China things will be difficult. Your best business would be doing add on kits to stay away from possible IP lawsuits.
     
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    Before you try and manufacture toys, learn how to make them.

    Get a Deluxe or Voyager and dissect it. Tear it apart and see how they do what they do.

    Buy an architect scale. Buy some calipers. Then learn to draw.
    Then learn CAD / 3D modeling.

    Then model a Deluxe size figure at the same level of complexity.
    Upload to a 3D printing service, and then paint and assemble the results.

    Now take all that effort and multiply it exponentially for an MPM figure.

    Then see how you feel about this particular dream.
     
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    If its your first time it'd probably be cheaper to buy a printer

    Shapeways can make it a very expensive learning curve
     
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    I’d prefer to go the expense of Shapeways than also trying to master the filament / plastic types, temperature, speed, nozzle, etc. of a printer you buy on top of all the other things you have to learn.

    it might be expensive but you know you’ll get it back correct
     
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    Small parts can cost around $7, and then shipping on top of that

    10 of those and you could've bought an ender 3

    And, if you're going to try and sell them, it's a good idea to master plastic anyway
     
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    And would an Ender 3 do what he wants?
    I’ve seen discussion about getting 1 type of printer if you’re trying to do 1 type of thing, or another brand if you are trying to do something else.
    To my knowledge 3D printers aren’t like a cheap HP printer you get at Staples.

    Besides- unless I missed something in the conversations he isn’t trying to sell 3D prints he’s trying to start a 3rd Party business. And if you can’t afford some 3D prints then How can you start a company selling unlicensed Hasbro merch?

    Shapeways is expensive; however it’s not too far removed price wise from other online venders in 3D Hubs, but at least you can feel confident knowing that your part will be printed the way you want rather than how some guy in his garage feels like printing it.

    Learning modeling can take a good long time itself; figuring out what printer to buy and how to use it could take- what? Another 6 months of burning thru material? A year?
     
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    Anything worthwhile takes time, patience, and discipline.
     
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    And aside from having your parts printed right, nothing I wrote is quick.
     
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    Darn tootin' ;) 
     
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    I don't have the time or money at the moment. I'm trying to get out of my main hobby and sell a bunch of that stuff of first. I've wanted something like that machine my whole life though.

    If I did get around to making toys, they'd probably be simple 3.75" figures like the Super 7 stuff.
     
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    I keep saying I'll teach myself how to 3D model and 3D print do that eventually I can justify buying that sweet, sweet benchtop press.

    Maybe if I reached out to the 3D printing gurus on these boards and offered to manufacture the parts off their 3D models...wouldn't that be something? A fan-based supply chain for the fans.

    One guy designs them. Another prints the 3D models and cleans up the CAD files. Someone else casts the molds. Another guy cranks out the parts. A couple of other dudes put the kits together, and finally someone else supplies the boxes and shipping labels for final distribution.

    Waht a glorious pipe dream. :rolleyes: 
     
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    hmu if you have any specific ideas

    Also, can mods pin this thread? Lotta great information for newcomers in here
     
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    Oh, Jeez. From Beast Wars to Earthrise I've got like a hundred ideas. I like looking at the shapeways ideas thread for inspiration and to gauge current interest:
    Customs: - Shapeways idea challenge thread!

    Has anything like that been attempted before? Like a home-grown TFCC but exclusively for augmenting licensed models, or developing unique characters? ('Cuz you don't want the man accusing you of black marketing).
     
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