The idea in a nutshell: manufacture extruders components using 3-D printers and low-cost materials; then, use part of the profit to create a work from home network to help us manufacture faster.
Pastor Glenn, who comes to BCM with a wealth of technical experience, wanted to enter the 3-D printing arena. Pastor Glenn came up with a 3-D manufacturing plan for an extruder that is not only affordable, but lucrative, as well. In the course of finding a plan to help produce the extruder, Pastor Glenn stumbled across engineering inventor, Hugh Lyman. An inquiry was made about building a low-cost, easily built extruder, and soon the V.6 extruder was born. (In lay terms, an extruder is a device that you add material to, such as plastic pellets, and then filament, such as plastic coil, comes out.) The extruder can produce upto 25"; a min at+/- .06 diam. The plan is to manufacture parts for the extruder, using a 3-D printer. The case of the extruder is 3-D printed in pieces, to fit on any size printer bed. The extruder can be used vertically or horizontally. The extruder’s funnel system will hold 1kg of pellets. It was also designed to be made out of Plexiglas. With a 3-D printer, we can manufacture the extruder’s parts in 29 different colors. This is not a prototype that we have to develop. We are ready to go into production. We know this works, and we are ready to move from producing 1 to mass producing. We hope to make thousands of these, and we’re ready to order the major components in quantity now. The first part to this is a work-at-home network. We have a lot of single moms with kids in our area, and childcare is so expensive that they are having a really hard time finding work that provides enough income to pay for childcare, bills, and basic daily needs. So we came up with a way to give everyone a chance to own their own business, including work-at-home moms. We will furnish a computer, a 3-D printer, and a contract to make parts for us, and also the supply of plastic filament. We will start out making extruder cases in quantity. We have other items in the queue already, so the possibilities are endless, and since 3-D manufacturing is still relatively new,this form of low-cost manufacturing is extremely lucrative. For those of you who are more technically inclined, please note the specs below. If you need more explanation, please feel free to contact us, and we will be happy to explain more about the basics of 3-D manufacturing and extruding, and its multiple, low-cost uses. For now here is some additional technical explanation about the extruder:
25" inches per min extrude speed
+/- .06 Diam
The speed on the motor can be adjusted for the type of material you are working with
Machine can be mounted vertically or horizontally
fully 3-D printable case
case can also be built with Plexiglas
1.75 hot-end ABS We have modified the design on the Hugh Lyman V5 model to make the V6 model affordable and easy to produce.
When the kit ships, it will have complete directions with it. If you buy it without the case, it will include the stl files, as well.
Risks and challenges
The risks on this are few, we have already built multiple units, now it's time to built in mass. One of the few risks would have been to use hard to get parts. All the parts used are off the shelf parts. With quantity and large purchases, I can drive the per unit cost down. With any piece of equipment there will be revisions, so we are already building that into the business plan to handle that. One of the other issues is a large enough supply of plastic to support this, we have 3 truck loads a month of plastic 60k lbs. of recycled plastic from a large recycler at a very very competitive price.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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