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Risks and challenges
* Components could take longer than expected to reach us for packing and assembly - As part of contacting the manufacturers, I verified their lead times. If the manufacturers hold to these quotes, this risk will be minimized. However, some parts will be imported and the delays at customs cannot be guaranteed. Therefore, I have added some time to the delivery schedule to accommodate a reasonable customs delay.
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* Component flaws could cause a supply chain disruption - If the parts we get from manufacturers do not meet our standards, they would need to be sent back to the factory. This can cause a work stoppage and delays. We are mitigating this by ordering standard parts from reputable manufacturers.
* Assembly could run long - Assembling printers and calibrating them is time consuming. We have defined a process that will leverage our experience in assembling 3d printers and other electronic components in order to streamline assembly... but interruptions in the supply chain or distractions to assemblers could have a ripple effect.
* Excitement could be greater than we anticipated. - We sized our deliveries for 25-35 printers max so that everyone would be happy and we would meet our deadlines. If we get more contributors than that, we may exceed some of our vendors lead times and there could be delays. Also, our shop can produce approximately 3 sets of parts per day. We would mitigate this by expanding our production capacity or alternatively having some of the kits injection molded. Furthermore, we could source some parts from alternate vendors as long as the products are identical. Finally, we will ship items as they are done so the first contributors would get the first kits and so forth until everyone is taken care of.
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