Today was one of our slowest days ever. I think most of it was because we didn’t put out our signs, or maybe people just had better thing to do.
I spent a lot of the day choosing earring patterns to print on my 3D printer. When I finally chose a few I thought people here in Douglas would want I reassembled my printer and calibrated the print head. I decided that because of the heat here in Douglas and the fact that some people hang our jewelry from their rearview mirror I needed to print in someshith UV tolerant and could withstand heats over 180C.
I decided it was either a glow in the dark blue ABS plastic or a purple PETG plastic. I went with the ABS and began to print out Monarch Butterfly Pendant and Earring sets. Everything was going well until about 3/4 of the way through the first layer (of 5) on a batch of 7 sets then my print head seized up.
I have had problems with seizing the last time I used the printer, but I changed the linear bearing on the printer and boxed it up thinking I had fixed the problem. The next thing to replace (this fall) is my stepper motors, maybe they seize when they get hot.
At this point in 3d printer development you have to be good at fixing them if you want to use them, you are lucky to go 1000 hours of print time without a breakdown, and 1000 hours of printing doesn’t print a lot.
I think Deborah made about 120 pieces of Jewelry today. We are still not as stocked up as we like to be, but it isn’t a complete embarrassment.
Today’s Numbers Estimates
People who stopped by = 23 +/-
Jewelry given away = 70 +/-
Man hours sitting in the Desert sun = 13
Gallons of water drank while sitting in the Desert sun = 4
Time to make jewelry given away = 4 hours
Cost of materials to make jewelry given away = unknown
Cost of fuel used to give away jewelry = $0
Number of people who offered us gas money = 4
Total gifts toward gas fund = $14