01/20/2013, 04:43 PM
Originally Posted by dkirker
I appreciate it
Hey, if it turns out that Mugen is absolutely un-interested in sharing its 3D models, we could always talk to the lady who makes those molds, and have her pour the Mugen back mold very thin, so that the silicone remains flexible.
Then, once the mold is cured, remove the cover and add it back in with a piece of felt fabric stretching the thin, flexible silicone but not creating visible lumps. Reinforce the outside of the mold with more silicone, so that once it's cured, the added bulk remains. Cast an epoxy slug and use it to pour the final mold that will be used to make actual back covers.
Yes, it's complicated, but might be a good "analog" backup plan if the "digital" plan fails
We'll still have to see how well large parts like backs will turn out, but in any case, we can narrow things down to a list of parts that will be in demand, and work out a viable business strategy.
I'd think some of the fail-safe (where we won't lose our investment) replacement parts and accessories would be the Veer headphone adapters Toadfrog and i are working on, Veer photo flash, Pre3 screen bezels and then maybe something else... i'd think for now anything else would have to be funded with donations, if there's no guarantee of selling more than one copy.
I have other interesting accessories in mind, but those might have to stay as a "proof of concept" for now. Veer microSD reader, Veer USB-in adapter for connecting a thumbdrive, things like that. In theory, we could even make copies of the rare Pre3 audio dock or build a different one like it with the correct Pre3 curvature, but that's likely not gonna happen.
If the business takes off, we could of course take some calculated risks. Or take custom orders on "premium" versions of existing products, like for example casting a bezel and back for the Pre3 in clear resin, with "silky", unwoven carbon fibre (Dave Brown Carbon Fiber Tape (3/4"x12') [DAV5220] | RC Airplanes - A Main Hobbies). The stuff looks divine... very classy and eye-catching...
I kind of have a vision for things, but we'll get there when we'll get there. As long as there won't be too many idle spectators and window-shoppers, this is doable. Support from people like you really counts.
The possibilities are nearly endless, as long as they square well with actual demand and don't take a disproportionate amount of work (or monetary investment), and if the members of our community who'll be doing the manufacturing are well compensated. It's not every day that electronics and their accessories are hand-made in the USA, so it has to be worth doing....
I just wish we could do some market research here, considering how so many are now abandoning Palm devices, and if we are looking at selling only three copies of some part, it might not even be worth doing.... 10 is good, 20 is good, but 1 or 2 is just a waste of time...
P.S. That's the straight carbon fibre here in the attachment. Beautiful, isn't it?