So that side venture didn't go as well as hoped but it was still interesting to step into another world however briefly.
However I am also still waiting for my Makerbot mini which the company swears will be out soon. I tend never to pre order anything - not even movies or books but this was something different. I had been promising myself since last year that I would get into this whole 3D printing thing and now that I pulled the trigger, as they say, the gun still hasn't gone off.
With taxes filed and a refund on the way one of two things will happen: if I get my refund before the Mini ships I am getting a refund for the preorder and getting the Form 1 SLA printer instead. It was my first choice anyway but it's more difficult to use and maintain which is the price to be paid for the quality it produces.
But I decided to get the Mini strictly because of it's speed, efficiency and lower maintenance. I am trying to develop several specialized products for limited run manufacturing and need to be able to test prototypes very quickly. The PLA material the mini uses has a great weight and strength ratio I like and makes it perfect for small runs of the gadgets I want to make.
Anyway - I have a lot to do this year and the delay is killing me.