I do appreciate the conversation. We might actually figure it out, never know.
I have some experience with kickstarter. I am very intimidated by it for many many reasons. I was working at robo3d after their kickstarter had ended I think about 6 months after. Pretty sure I started a few days before the first shipment came in from China. A few shipments later I then went to china and tried to gets hands on and fix some issues. I learned sooooo much.
Kickstarter for this type of thing would be to buy me molds. Injection molding molds, $10k-$100k each. The original mpcnc parts were designed for molding, kickstarter was my plan. All parts were designed so 1 would fit all 4 sides to minimize the total number of molds. and I had plans to make some of them even easier to mold if I had a successful kickstarter. This made for kinda compromised parts, easy to mold but not as strong as they could be. Which I figured I could combat with more rigid plastic.
Now the biggest issues. First off an instant swarm of inexperienced users and an instant demand to hire tech support staff, $$. Second, any revision cost a lot of money, mold revisions about $10k and then all the lost parts that have been revised, $$. Mass production slows development. Large shipments and a building to house them in, at least initially, $$. Not even getting into the problems on the other side of the ocean…
At his point I feel I could make a great MPCNC mass produced kit (I do want to make a few revisions), but if the crawlbot has only sold <30 units the LowRider probably isn’t the machine to try and go full hog with.