I have really enjoyed my Burly MPCNC but with age an repairs I need to do some upgrades. I don’t see this equating to sales for you though.
I think having an entry level machine that is as low cost as possible appeals to the hard core maker crowd. (That begs the question… How many hard core makers are there?) A while back, I needed to pickup some small capscrew from hobby town for my endstop switches, and the owner got real curious about I was up to.
We got to kibitzing and he made some interesting comments that surprised me.
He was talking about how back in the day people used to make their own models from scratch and how now Arf is taking over. He does alot of business fixing and modding RC cars for people. They don’t seem to have the skillsets to do it themselves…
How does this apply to you? I’m not sure.(other than people who provide turnkey solutions probably have really good margins). One thought I was having was that you keep doing what you’re doing and offer some difficult to fab upgrades. Perhaps cast aluminum carriage that could have adapters for 606 bearings or recirculating linear balls.
(I think that is something like that could snag some extra moths out of my wallet)
I think the basic MPCNC design is pretty cool and I don’t see anything like that on the market. If would be nice to have a option to move things up notch in rigidity and accuracy. (I personally think thats cool but I don’t know if that’s a good business path)
Back in the day, when I bought the components from you I was wanting to support the maker and your prices where( and still are) reasonable.
One thing I’ve been noodling is if you inverted the truck, you might be able to do a truss on one axis to extend the width(total vaporware, I haven’t thought this through yet). I don’t have the real estate to do a lowrider but with would be nice to have a mpcnc that could do 2 X 4 feed comfortably that I could feed 4X8 ply through in sections.
When you came to Mrrf did you see a bump in sales?
Just some other random thoughts, marketing a low cost tool changer or perhaps a rotary attachment?
One other thought, is marketing to Stem… Lots of people have printers know, marketing to scouts for merit badges or high schools as projects to put together could be a way to get growth.
Or what about a path… Build the MPCNC which could be used to make a low cost robot that runs Ross. What I think is cool about your MPCNC is you can provide components to match a budget… That is a huge strength that others can’t provide.
(Sorry about the ramble… I’m on staycation this week and this what happens got time get when I’m rested and actually have time to think about fun stuff and ponder the nature of the universe)
I think you’re a good guy, and I want to see you succeed and grow your business.
Wishing you success on whatever path you choose.