The 3D printed EUC stand business has really been picking up speed. It seems that it’s all mostly from word of mouth as I don’t actively advertise at all. I was just contacted by an EUC dealer from AUSTRALIA that wants me to make some stands for him as well, it’s sort of nuts.
In order to help me in the short term I ordered another cheap AnyCubic I3 Mega to help me crank out some parts. I still have plans to get another Prusa as well but that will come as more money is saved. I am also considering modifying my work benches in the hobby room to allow double decker printer configs. If I lower the shelf under the bench a few inches I would be able to run the I3 Mega’s down there without a problem. I then just need to find some alternative way to store completed stands which shouldn’t be too hard to do.
When I started this endeavor last year on a whim I never expected it to grow like it has. I still enjoy doing it and it seems to be appreciated by the community so it’s a win/win. From a purely financial standpoint I have never exactly figured out how much money I actually make on the sale of a stand because there are a lot of material, equipment, shipping, and electricity costs that take big bites out of the bottom line. Regardless, I make enough for it to be worth my while.
It’s funny, when I quit race timing a few years ago I was walking away from the money I made doing it which wasn’t fantastic but helped pay some bills. Now, between the growth of my YouTube channel (almost 7k subscribers) and the sales from the 3D store, I have surpassed what I used to make race timing, by a considerable margin.