In the past week, I have delved into the question of “what is the equipment list you would write up for a new lab that was part of a university?”
It was a widely open ended question, as I asked for some clarification of what was desired and wanted, and really got nothing back for constraints. So I thought, “If I were a student, what would I like to do?” Then “if I was teaching or a professor, based on what I know about how the real world works, what would I want the students to learn?”
Then I had to ask, “If I owned a business, what would it take for me to hire students out of this program, versus other schools and universities.”
The last part, call it purely selfish was, “what would I want if I were to ever create a big lab again? “ The plans for what I want in Colorado Springs are simplistic, as I figured I was close enough to some maker spaces that I could offload the larger and more precise work to one of the shops.
Thankfully, there is a group in Colorado Springs opening up a sort of maker space, hacker space facility. How my little lab can work into theirs, and then we shall see if this big space works out, it could be a spiffy microcosm for global rapid prototyping, just in a few hundred miles.
What has me excited is that unlike in the past, you needed actual artists and model makers simply to make parts. For years auto makers made real clay sculpts, with our toys, we had to make sculpts and for Disney characters, it didn’t matter how good our sculptures were – the smart mouse charged us to have their model makers do the figures.
I so loved when those models would show up. They were works of art, yet, designed for commercial application of making hundreds of thousand to millions of toy things.
When I combined the old sketches for how we were going to tool up and prototype the “you” show and the world of immersive entertainment and a way to allow for cross pollination in various disciplines that needed to synch tightly for illusions to work on the human brain and perception, what I found is we somehow have the hybrid “rapid maker space” model.
I have never actually seen this space anywhere before. It is probably because the various elements in the real world with ideas, concepts, designs, and then the beurocracy of moving things through a pipeline was more linear, or politically or ego driven than “what is the best product or solution for (whoever uses it)”
When I get back to the USA people asked, “what are you going to do?” The biggest thing was to set up the prototype and test space for agrowvillage and figure out how to roll the benefits of fresh vegetables, fruits, fish and eggs into the local markets, while most likely finding a few wealthy clients that have the resources to go live off the grid and are curious to “you mean I can live ANYWHERE? And enjoy a western developed quality of life?”
Because we are going to use biomass and gasification, I was going to start a pellet company, a tiny one, just get enough clients to fill up what I needed. When you know how to grow your own food – it really is amazing how little you need in life. When you add, “you know how to make your own power.” It really opens up a lot of doors for possibilities.
But now, after designing this tool list and the space – I am revisiting the idea and seeing about creating a company that does some interesting things. I have to talk to some lawyers and my marketing brains about the core idea, but right now, I see an interesting opportunity in the market.
Perhaps it was yesterdays blab about P/E valuations and “air” how IPO's are creating a market valuation that is about as real as someone smoking a lot of drugs and throwing a dart at the wall. It is the chicken and the egg. The market will adjust itself eventually, but there will be some truly upset losers in the game. Just look at the post 2008 debacle…wait…that actually lost in that mess? Oh yes, the average consumer paid for most of it.
So why not create a company that makes stuff – not just pie in the sky valuations and the IPO track?
Stay tuned. I have to write this all up in a form/plan that will have people go, “oh, why hasn’t this been done before?”
“I don’t think the technology and the markets were able to handle the process before…today…we have the tools to do it!”
Cool beans. Maybe there is a reason I don’t have the means to bash out ideas and prototypes here…it allowed me to come up with a better way and systems to do it? pretty interesting times indeed.
If i was in the states, i would take a sketch book, roll of paper and markers to one of those all you can eat chinese/sushi buffets. While i am amazed with the progress with my physical fitness and training. i just have an odd craving for asian food. enjoy some for me.