3D Printing As A Home Business
The Home Business process has thrived with the advent of social media and the ability to have a world class brand built and operated right from your bedroom. Most of these businesses are serviced based offering a wide variety of business models mostly based around either finance, insurance, website design, social media marketing and brand marketing. Very few, if any, are based on product design or product production. This is understandable as there are few people that have been or are currently involved in the manufacturing of anything.
Over four years ago we started experimenting with 3D printers as a way to get students and small businesses back into the world developing hard technologies. Back then ( and that seems ions ago ) we could print with 4 or 5 different materials, mostly PLA and ABS and most of the things we printed were figures and key chains. Fast forward to today and we now print in over 60 materials including nylons, polycarbonates, graphine, carbon fiber, PETG and other materials from which we can now make actual replacement parts that are as strong and reliable as the original parts as well as create new product ideas and do vast amounts of prototyping for a small cost and in short order.
While this may seem strange to those millennials out there, you can actually make more money by making something than writing a blog on creating an Instagram account. You really can. Why? Because it is very difficult and expensive to have a company create a prototype or do any type of limited production today unless they are located in Asia. Yet, we get requests constantly from individuals who have an idea for a new product or are looking for some small run of promotional items for their marketing campaign or a one-of-a-kind object for that special occasion. None of which are available from local suppliers or even…yes dare I say it…Amazon.
LiteWorld is currently printing a number of promotional items for two different organizations and we recently completed a small job printing some bender rings ( for bending aluminum sections ) out of ABS Polycarbonate. This is why we use the LulzBot TAZ line of 3D Printers. They have proven to be reliable and operate for hours and days at a time without any problems. The fact that they are Open Source machines means that can use any filament type and a wide variety of 3D Printer software.
For under $3,000.00 a person can have a new TAZ 6 printer with self-leveling bed and a new laptop computer to both create designs for the machine itself. And, this will all fit on a small table anywhere in your home or office. If you want to add one of our LiteWorld Protective Enclosures simply add another $575.00 to that amount. Filament costs range from $21.00 to $65.00 for most of the materials we discussed earlier. Prototyping for a client will run $25.00 to $40.00 an hour for the design phase and then the actual prototype charge can range from as low as $15.00 to $50.00 per piece. You can see that in very short order that you could easily pay for your initial investment and make some money doing this part time.
Marketing your home business on a website or Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media processes will expand your reach anywhere in the world. The greatest gear up time and hardest learning curve is using the 3D modeling software required to develop the models saved as .stl files. There are many free software packages as well as some that can run up to $2,000.00 for a license.
We are more than happy to discuss this “Home Business” model with anyone who has an interest and we can make sure that you have the correct 3D Printer, software and filament to get started with your new home based 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing business.
For more information on this program or to see more about our products please go to our website at: https://www.liteworldllc.com or cal us at :941-999-8200.