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Step 9: Now you've got a business

At some point during this process i realized it might be a good idea to treat the whole project as a real business since up to this point it had become a giant hole where i liked to throw all my money.

speak to an account and a lawyer , form an llc, s-corp or whatever else they advise

file federal and state tax paper work

if you are doing business on the web and are not a web designer and programmer (as i am not)
hire someone who is

if you're not going with an off the shelf shopping cart and payment processor (as i did not)
do your research and understand what you are getting in to

decide which payments you will accept and apply for merchant accounts with each

Decide on your shipper LEARN EVERYTHING THERE IS TO KNOW ABOUT THEM, they will be hugely important to your operation.

When all that is in order SPAM THE HELL out of anyone who has ever shown even the slightest bit of interest in what your doing.
<p>Great instructable! Did you have any issues with bubbles or other imperfections just using the rotator/heat? I've been researching producing character figurines and I was thinking I'd need vacuum/pressure to produce quality results at home.</p>
<p>it all depends on your design and materials.</p><p>Rotocasting wouldn't be the right choice for an action figure.</p><p>I did have to adjust the speed of rotation to avoid bubbles in the bottom edge.</p><p>I run a vacuum on my silicone before pouring it and I run pressure on my solid pieces. </p><p>Rotocasting works well for large volumes with broad smooth surfaces.</p><p>It does not work well if you have a lot of deep surface detail.</p>
<p>This is amazing!!! I have some ideas I've been trying to figure out how to pursue and this tutorial filled in all the gaps for me. Thankyou for taking the time to put this together! I did have a question about your choice of coloring the resin and whatnot. Would it be a horrible headache had you decided to paint each one to emphasize the details a little more? If so what would the process be? I have a product that I could use this production process with; only they will probably require more complex colorations then just mixing the colors in the resin. Also where do you get your materials? I've been using Smooth-on for resin and mold rubber but I know there are probably cheaper options out there... Thanks Again!</p>
<p>yes painting is a headache...it all depends on how much work you want to do.</p><p>I have done a few pieces that had painted details or were fully painted in solid color. I made paint masks and tried to make the process as simple as possible. I personally am not interested in designs that would require me to do a lot of paint work. </p><p>i use a lot of smooth-on resin and silicone as do most others working in these mediums. they are a fantastic company with knowledgeable and friendly employees.</p><p>all the materials in this instructable were from smooth on.</p>
Well thanks again. Ill probably try to mitigate my painting labor as much as possible as well. You've been a huge help and best of luck to you!
<p>I bought one of your small &quot;Ice Scream Man&quot; figures at DesignerCon last weekend. Thanks for autographing him for me and taking the time to talk. Keep up the awesome work!</p>
<p>thank you for the support</p>
I have a serious idea for a toy and would like to consult with you is that possible
Rickywheat@live.com if possible
<p>Great Article and very well written. We are also engaged in creating some cool Toy designs and would look forward in the tips provide in the article. We develop Cool Designs for toys and feel free to check out our website. <a href="http://www.steamrolleaststudio.com/" rel="nofollow"> http://www.steamrolleaststudio.com/</a></p><p>email: info@steamrolleaststudio.com</p><p>We have years of experience in prototyping and product design! Let us know your project detail and we can work out together </p>
I appreciate your article. I'm interested in creating a model/prototype of a baby product. Although I invented/developed it I'd like to collaborate with someone more knowledgable regarding materials safety and engineering. I'm unsure how to proceed. Would you be interested in such an endeavor?
You can email me at brutherford@brutherford.com if you want to discuss a project.<br><br>i have been in product development for 14 years.<br>I spent 10 years working in the pet industry where there is a huge overlap with infant toys in materials and manufacturing. Many of my factories produce both pet toys and baby toys.<br><br>I am currently making my living as a design/manufacturing consultant.<br>flag[delete]<br>
<p>Super information, and congratulations on bringing your ideas and vision to fruition. I'll have to say I am somewhat old school and wondering are these pieces practical and have playful use or are they just decorative? We were all kids once and we love hands on creativity, and just wondering if I was missing something. Thanks for the step by step accomplishments, and good luck with your next project. If you have suggestions or advise about grass roots start up and any design classes that you might have taken, that would be appreciated. Have you ever created any wooden toys??</p>
cool! Since I am not remotely talented/skilled in anything engineer-esque, I will say you did a great job explaining this project to right-brained folks like me. That is no small feat! <br>My interest in &quot;making a resin figurine/model&quot; is quite recent. Searching online for some quirky, yet respectful, Christmas ornaments featuring U.S. Presidents, all I could find were ones with the picture, scene/quote on them. My vision in my head was quite different. I realize that there is not a hot demand for these items; well, in certain history buff circles, (haven't exhausted my search) but for this history teacher, I thought Really? no easy google search! Thank you for explaining the process and how incredibly awesome it must be to see that ice cream man come &quot;alive&quot; ! Any suggestions my way would be appreciated. My goal is not to start a company but who knows? stranger things happen everyday!!
thanks. <br>not sure about presidents, it would be a huge undertaking to sculpt them all and cast them. Maybe images engraved and laser cut out of wood or printed on something... shrinky dinks? Seriously.. i've made some pretty cool stuff with shrinky dink material.
legit. respect.
Would you happen to know the names of some of the service bureaus you've mentioned before in a comment off hand? Sorry, this is new territory for me
empire prototypes in Mass. or you can upload your model to shapeways.com end buy from there.
For the non-commercially-linked: Buy a makerbot or build a reprap.
how much does a 3d printer cost?
Depends on the printer. They can range anywhere from $300 upwards, but don't count on finding one below $600.
I'm not knocking either of those options,. They are both fantastic tools, But if you need a higher quality output, can't justify the expense vs. volume or just don't want to learn a new tool but would like to be able to use it there are also plenty of service bureaus out there that will print your models for a reasonable fee in a wide variety of processes.<br><br>
I'm in love with the ingenuity, the drive and the whole story behind that handsome devil. Well done guys. <br>Idea for you though: How hard would it be if you instead casted wax and made candles. In my mind, wax is cheaper so you might be able to reduce the cost on the candle models and depending on the difficulty, add the scent of the icecream they represent. <br>Once again, beautiful execution start to finish
Thanks for the compliments. <br> <br>
It looks awesome, but what can I do with these? I might considering buying one, but it's too expensive for me.... What's it made out of. Anyways, Nice work. It would be awesome if we can eat it... OMG, CAN WE?!?! That would be cool. How big is it? Sorry for asking so many questions. By the way, I checked out your blog, and I really like it. Are you selling the knuckles APPROVED stamp? I would buy one of those.
how much would it cost for you to do a 3D &quot;spider tracer&quot; for me that i can have 3D printed :)
Have you tried Shapeways, they do 3D printing inexpensively.
hi! i am familiar with shapeways. i actually have access to an Objet 3D printer. unfortunately, i don't have the talent to design a 3D model hehe. but thanks for the suggestion.
sorry, i don't think that's a job for me.<br>
That's a realy inspiring story, thanks a lot for sharing.
Thank you.
Very Cool Product and I like how you explain the making of a toy from begining to end and everything in between.
I have to sayquite hard to make
I am 50% complete in bringing a product online. Great ible! <br> <br>I like the packaging solution! Very nice. Can you share how you were able to get your products in retail locations? <br> <br>Thank you, <br> <br>Jim
I'm both proud and a bit embarrassed to say that i have done little to directly initiate my retail partnerships. Once i started sharing images on instagram and twitter people started coming to me. I knew i wanted to move product through wholesale channels so i developed a wholesale model very early on and had it ready when people asked. <br>
Dude, you'll get there. Soon people will come to you. Your stuff is definitely hot and people go crazy for it. Email me if you want to talk about, I have kind of been doing similar things for myself and while working at Pale Horse Design. Keep up the badass work!
L O L !!!!<br><br>XD<br><br>...I bet nobody has commented 'cause nobody found this funny XD
yeah... i'm not sure whether it's good or bad that no one is commenting on it.<br><br>clearly... i think it's hilarious
Wow, this is incredible! I loved reading/seeing your process (I've always wondered about how to make my own molds/forms) and seeing the final product. Where are they available for purchase? I founded and run the Visalia Zombie Ball &amp; Crawl in my city every year and these would make wonderful additions to the prizes.
Thanks!!! they would make awesome prizes.<br><br>They are available on my website www.brutherford.com<br><br>
hi, very nice table, but i don't know, it feels kinda..shallow, but been a entusiast of toys myself find this very useful<br>On the other side, someone knows if there is a instructable about vinyl toys production or processes?<br>Congrats and good luck
shallow in content?<br>or<br>shallow in that it's an expenssive plastic knick knack?<br><br>
i don&acute;t mean any disrespect, it&acute;s very informative and well estructured, but maybe was hoping a more &quot;in deep&quot; immersion on this &quot;adult&quot; toys subject.<br>Maybe it&acute;s a little contradictory that i am willing to spend $50-75 in a resin scale model figure, but i&acute;m more than dubitous about one of this art toys...(not in this case, i think this is cool) . and i&acute;ve seen some of this pieces to go far above $200-250<br>Perhaps in the blooming of the 3d print technology its a plus to put some human touch in the production<br>again congratulations, great job!
That is a really cool 'blog' style instructable of how events unfolded. Love the photography too, it's got me interested in websearching to find one, as I have one of those left-of-centre humours.
Although I can't follow along, (I'm a technophobe-lol) I think your invention is very cool. Thanks for posting your Instructable. Hope you post many more :0)
thanks, i've already posted another and i'm working on a couple more.<br>

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