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Post by jebba » Thu Jul 23, 2015 5:57 pm

ars wrote:Crowd Supply will also work with FSF in bringing more software and hardware products to market based on the FSF's core tenets.... Stallman said that FSF was happy to promote the site because it "respects people’s freedom while asking them to donate to projects."
http://arstechnica.com/information-tech ... ding-site/

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Post by piercet » Thu Jul 23, 2015 11:34 pm

Hmm, I wonder if I could fund an upgrade design project using that.

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Post by Anonymouse » Mon Jul 27, 2015 12:29 pm

Jebba: I tried to read the article that you posted, but I couldn't because I was distracted by how damn sexy Richard Stallman is amirite
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Post by Anonymouse » Mon Jul 27, 2015 12:40 pm

piercet wrote:Hmm, I wonder if I could fund an upgrade design project using that.
Only one way to find out!!

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Post by piercet » Mon Jul 27, 2015 2:56 pm

So far they haven't got back to me. It is kind of a weird one. I'm not trying to sell a product. I'm trying to give away a product but get other people to pay for the hardware required to develop said product if they want to contribute towards it and make it occur faster than it would otherwise. Various different projects I work on, chances are they are going to eventually occur one way or another, but things like the Openrail Y axis project, the main delay on it was funding the parts. It would be nice to have a mechanism where if people wanted to see a particular upgrade happen sooner, they could contribute towards it, without feeling necessarily obligated to do so or anything like that.

I'm planning on working on the following TAZ modification packages in the very near future as funds permit:
1. Adding filament width, feed, and outage sensors to the TAZ - (Half the parts are here, waiting on funding and availability for the last one)
2. Adding an openrail Z axis with Belt Driven Z motion and Axis counterweight to a Taz (not even started thinking about which parts are necessary for this one, won't be until after I get the X and Y openrail pieces finished)
3. Adding Z probe leveling, but there are plenty of existing projects for that (parts are here, waiting on X openrail installation since that's what my bracket fits)
4. Refining the Dual hobbed bolt belt driven extruder of doom (which is top secret, so shhh!)
5. Y axis structural changes to accommodate a power supply mounted underneath the bed plate
6. Magnetic side plates and lightweight "pup tent" enclosure thingy off the frame
7. Other moderately insane tinkering ideas as they occur.

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Post by Anonymouse » Mon Jul 27, 2015 6:03 pm

piercet wrote:So far they haven't got back to me. It is kind of a weird one.
Bummer. Do they have to? It's not just a webform type thing to get a product on their page? Maybe you need a certain je ne sais quoi to make the cut.
piercet wrote:I'm not trying to sell a product. I'm trying to give away a product but get other people to pay for the hardware required to develop said product if they want to contribute towards it and make it occur faster than it would otherwise ... It would be nice to have a mechanism where if people wanted to see a particular upgrade happen sooner, they could contribute towards it, without feeling necessarily obligated to do so or anything like that.
That kinda sounds like... Employment. Right? Your'e not selling anything. Other people (your company) pays for the hardware, b/c they want to develop their product. They are not obligated in an at-will employment arrangement.

Those sound like fun projects. Good luck and god speed.

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Post by piercet » Mon Jul 27, 2015 6:21 pm

Anonymouse wrote:That kinda sounds like... Employment. Right? Your'e not selling anything. Other people (your company) pays for the hardware, b/c they want to develop their product. They are not obligated in an at-will employment arrangement.
I have a good job as a Server and Network administrator. It has nothing to do with 3d printing though. Thats just a hobby for me and I fund any projects I put together out of my own pocket. My thought though is it would be neat if there was a way for other people who want the same type of project designed to be able to help speed it along by throwing money at it along with me, if it were a project they were interested in, and if they felt that whoever was designing that project had the skills and likely followthrough ability to get it done. Basically crowdfunding new hardware design capacity to speed up new projects rather than as a source of income. I dunno, maybe its a very fine line distinction.

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Post by Anonymouse » Tue Jul 28, 2015 2:25 pm

pircet wrote:Basically crowdfunding new hardware design capacity to speed up new projects rather than as a source of income. I dunno, maybe its a very fine line distinction.
Yeah, I guess you don't get to choose what you work on when you are employed by someone else, whereas when It's a hobby, you call all the shots.

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Post by jebba » Wed Jul 29, 2015 5:10 pm

If it is something that we would roll into future versions, we could probably pop for some funds to get parts.

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Post by piercet » Wed Jul 29, 2015 5:59 pm

If you see one that will work, feel free to use any of my parts, or propose ideas for parts that don't exist that you would like to see exist in any TAZ release

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