edt wrote: ↑
Sun Feb 28, 2021 2:36 am
Bay Area busting it up with some reality.
He's got some of it right
I'm not in business making kite, hydro or wing gear. I have a real job and most of what I design I put on line free for others.
My CAD software is free, it's OPENSCAD and there are several other great CAD packages out there, the only people paying big money for CAD are corporations and people sucked into the AUTODESK con which is proprietary file formats across the western world because of AUTODESK training architects to use only their product.
My 3D printer was $400 NZD including freight and took 10 hours assembly plus another 10 hours installing my own extruder drivers and watercooled thermal break cold end. I built my own CNC machine and am happy with US $50 software from Germany.
But if I was running my own business I might spend more on my tooling and talk it up slightly
, for sure it would be a business proposition, not "mates rates"
People do like to get a good deal but often conveniently ignore that markup has serious components to it. Tax, machine costs, rental, business accomodation, wastage from when things aren't right first time etc etc etc.