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I have plenty free time from my other e-com business, so I've been a bit bored and thinking about new ideas and products to work on. Couple of weeks ago I thought about a game that I'd love to play indoors during winter and I found nothing like I have in mind on the internet. Which was a big surprise!

I have been thinking about the materials, measures and all the other stuff during the last weeks. I can visualize things pretty clearly and I can also bring things to life according to that vision, so I'm positive about this as well. In my head now it's pretty great and almost done, but it's not easy to make. All I know is that I'd love to have it myself! There are different parts and everything has to be done from scratch. But with the right manufacturer I think I can pull it off. Maybe there are some things I'm not considering - production wise, need wise, or something else, but I will find out as I go.

Right now I am almost finished drawing all the details on paper with the right measures. I will check everything and think it over many times. Then I need someone to make 2d and 3d drawings so I can show them to manufacturers. I want a local Estonian manufacturer but I'm not sure yet, if thats going to be possible. We will see.

I know it's going to take a lot of time and I'm still running my other business so I will update this when I have something to share. But I'm excited and I've been missing this feeling for some months now!

Be safe and stay tuned!
 

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So I finished most of the drawings on paper today and sent it to a guy who does 2d and 3d drawings. Hopefully I can work with him can get the drawings I need for producing! :smile2:
 

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And we have a deal! His work looks amazing so I hired the guy to make drawings for me. A lot of details and lots of work. Not sure if he's going to finish this week but still things are moving! :cool:
 

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I already got the drawings, looks really good! Just sent to one local company who works with these kinds of materials. Hopefully they are on board!
 

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How was the experience to work with a 3D designer and how much did it cost?
Where did you find him?

I am at the same stage as you are! just got delivered my first part of product now I have to design some other pieces.
 

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How was the experience to work with a 3D designer and how much did it cost?
Where did you find him?

I am at the same stage as you are! just got delivered my first part of product now I have to design some other pieces.

Hey!

It was okay, there was 7 different detailst that was drawn 2d and 3d. Cost was a bit over 100€ - not sure if that's a lot or not so much, but in the end I'm happy with the result and especially with the delivery time.

There were some issues though in the process, he didn't understand some parts completely (partly my fault) and we had to go back and forth the entire evening yesterday until I got what I wanted. :D But he was determined to make the result good for me.

Found him on Fiverr. There are tons of guys that can make yours as well, check it out! If I get the first prototype done by the factory, I need more parts as well so I'm not finished with this yet.
 

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Hey!

It was okay, there was 7 different detailst that was drawn 2d and 3d. Cost was a bit over 100€ - not sure if that's a lot or not so much, but in the end I'm happy with the result and especially with the delivery time.

There were some issues though in the process, he didn't understand some parts completely (partly my fault) and we had to go back and forth the entire evening yesterday until I got what I wanted. :D But he was determined to make the result good for me.

Found him on Fiverr. There are tons of guys that can make yours as well, check it out! If I get the first prototype done by the factory, I need more parts as well so I'm not finished with this yet.

Thanks for a quick reply.
100€ is a fair price I think. I'm sure that real product designers make things like that pretty fast. Well it depends on how simple the product is.

Yes that's what I struggle with how could I explain the best with words that I know.

Good luck on the next step!
 

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Yes that's what I struggle with how could I explain the best with words that I know.

That's true, maybe you could make drawings on paper with some measures first yourself? That's what I did first. That way I saw immediately if he had made a mistake on his drawing or not.
 

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That's true, maybe you could make drawings on paper with some measures first yourself? That's what I did first. That way I saw immediately if he had made a mistake on his drawing or not.
Nice idea.
Well I took a little different approach today. A friend of mine is studying industrial engineering and I presented him an idea about my product and we covered a lot of stuff its amazing how much you can do in an hour or two if you are not alone with the problem.
 

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Well I took a little different approach today. A friend of mine is studying industrial engineering and I presented him an idea about my product and we covered a lot of stuff its amazing how much you can do in an hour or two if you are not alone with the problem.

Glad to hear! Best of luck and keep going!
 

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Things are slower during the Christmas time and thanks to covid as well, so no real progress to share. Didn't get any response from the factories so I sent them a follow up email, and today got a response from one of them. They said that they are waiting for a reply from their material supplier, but it's definitely doable! It will probably be more expensive to make this here instead of some Asian country but I will save on shipping. I have no idea how much this is going to cost me! :rofl: But I have to find out!
 

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Things are slower during the Christmas time and thanks to covid as well, so no real progress to share. Didn't get any response from the factories so I sent them a follow up email, and today got a response from one of them. They said that they are waiting for a reply from their material supplier, but it's definitely doable! It will probably be more expensive to make this here instead of some Asian country but I will save on shipping. I have no idea how much this is going to cost me! :rofl: But I have to find out!

TheHustle newsletter recently published an article on Monopoly, and how it has a "monopoly" on board games. They give some history, and they discuss the economics of board games. Its an interesting read, especially if you are looking to manufacture a board game. DM me your email and I will forward the article to you.
 

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TheHustle newsletter recently published an article on Monopoly, and how it has a "monopoly" on board games. They give some history, and they discuss the economics of board games. Its an interesting read, especially if you are looking to manufacture a board game. DM me your email and I will forward the article to you.

Hey!

Thanks, found the article on google. Will definitely read it, although I'm working on a sportsgame, sort of.
 

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Have a great 2021 everyone!

The holidays are over and things people are finally working again. It seems like local companies don't want my money. So I have also contacted a bunch of other companies in EU and Asia. Got one answer in the next hours and that's the only company that have responded to me this week.

We have exchanged some images and emails and they offered some advice, how to make the product cheaper and easier to produce. I am fine with these changes, so far. It still a prototype so that is testing period. No need to be too attached to the details. I need to make some changes to the drawings before I send it to the factory, but I think they will definitely help me get it done. I'm glad things are moving again.
 

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We made some new drawings and changes, I need over 10 different details and all the measures have to be perfect. But I don't think I made any mistakes.

Yesterday I paid for the prototype and some tooling fees. It was a more than I expected, but it's a one time fee and it's completely new product so makes sense. Anyways, it's nothing to keep me going forward. I also paid for the shipping, it will be sent via air, so expect to get my hands on the prototype in ONE MONTH!
 

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