Goes with the job sadly Phil, 3d models (as I'm sure you already know) eat memory and processor cycles
every model i work on,modify or design from scratch has to be built in 3d before even thinking about flattening down to 2d, the upside is though all my 3d models are 3d printer ready so in 5 years time when they have gotten down to the price of laser cutters I'll already have a good stock of projects for people in the same way i design laser cutter models now
I looked at long term business mdoels and the future of laser cutting is going the way I thought it would, A lot of people are finally getting lasers as the prices and availibility get better but the down side is in the future there will be a fair few people looking at lasers and thinking "hey I can buy one and make money" without actually taking into account all the other things that go with it (like actually having a plan to make).As prices fall in time the smaller machines will come down to almost the price of PC laser printers and a fair few people will buy them on a whim,for those who do it for a job it will saturate the market with cheaply cut small laser items until such time as those with no real commitment give up,the worst part is the very ones who give up or have been running hobby businesses will have driven prices down to a point where nobody makes any sensible money.This happened with the metal cutting lasers about 2 years ago, I never even turn mine on now as the price per hour is almost at parity with the running costs per hour and I'f I want to earn £5 an hour I'll go work in Tesco and get a lot less stress
I've modelled on small lasers having about another 5 years and the bigger models running to around 8 - 10 years before things get too compeditive to bother with, by then zprinters will be in the current laser price range and people buying them will need product
For lasers Ebay will be the nail in the coffin, too many yingpong machines being sold and more and more people running businesses with no real overheads driving quality laser cutting prices down. Metal cutting work was at £90 an hour 2 years ago, now you can pick it up anywhere are £10 to £15 an hour,that doesn't even cover gas cost on mine
If I'm sat waiting for an hour for a render to finish (animation) it's an hour I can't do anything else, all in all it worked out with the ancillaries close to £5k but the speed difference will cover that quite quickly
I don't just do laser models, I still take on quite a lot of architectural work and have some clients that don't like to wait. Often I'll have a drawing open for a planning office at the same time as a laser design,that really bogs stuff down
Although the upside is a recent endorsement for one of my models from a well known personality is already starting to have a knock on effect with the amount of work I have to fit in during the day.
Add in the new website (I may add being very nicely done by Daven) with all the stuff I have to list and test for the shop and my days have got pretty hectic
I'm very fortunate to have a great client base and lots of work so I'd be a fool to complain even though sometimes it can get quite exhausting looking at a screen 14 hours a day
I did look at Ocz revo's but they didn't have any in stock when I went to Novatech and I didn't have the time to order one online.
I think I have something like 6 base units now from previous upgrades and god knows how many gfx cards
my house is like a cross between a model shop and PCworld
right I better work and stop rambling