My wife and I recently dove into a 3d printer to assist us in the whole homeschooling of our little one.
but i looked at it as a tool for the farm to make all them little things that usually break around the place like clips .. or hooks ..
wondering if there is anyone out there using their 3d printer to make money at the farmers market.
what are you guys printing for sale?
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For me, the plastic stuff is little more than proof of concept, but it does that really well. Also, as mentioned, I like that a mouldable model can be printed for casting out of some more durable material.
I love the idea of printing out of metal. That will be truly useful.
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I just learned my local library has a 3D printing lab - not sure what costs are associated with it(if any).
I don't know if i can think of any products to make for homestead use or sale, but I definitely would use it to craft custom Christmas ornaments,or design toys for my kids - so it's a savings from having to pay someone else to do it(in certain cases).
Experimenting and growing on my small acre in SW USA; Fruit & Nut trees w/ annuals, hoping to get Chickens, rabbits, and in-laws onto property soon.
Long term goal - Furniture & Luthier Stay-at-home farm dad.
A thought for for you is that you might be able to do a brisk business doing custom 3D printing for specialty parts. Do you have a 3D scanner? I am looking to make a custom grip handle for the loader of my tractor. I have thought about using modeling clay to shape to my specifications, and then have that scanned and printed off in a durable material. This could be a nice side-income for you .