Combine trailers and short cuts
This idea has been on my mind for some time. I have been making models and parts as a business for just over a year. Since the day I made my first double combine trailer, I find myself saying “there has got to a better way”, or a variation, “there has got to be smarter way”.
It almost sounds like I am seeking a short cut. But in reality what I have uncovered are new processes that are no less difficult…just smart. If readers followed all the blog entries over 3D printing it may have come to light that none of that was a short cut. The learning curve has been steep (and I am still climbing).
1/64 double combine trailers, for a year it seemed like combine trailers and a soldering iron was all I spent time with. Quickly becoming burned out and disinterested I was saying “there has got to be a better way” with regularity. Thanks to Google and narrow keyword searches I found a laser cutter in my home state. A few emails later I was hooked up with a good natured engineer willing to give my insignificant (to them) project a chance. Thanks to that relationship building became fun again.
Then there is silage racks. SHeesh talk about a big pain in the…yeah. There is no easy way to make those but I did through sheer determination make them less frustrating, see the video here. Now I am working another smart way to get 3D printed racks and avoid unnecessary frustration.
Really this article is cliché “if it were easy everyone would be doing it”. There are no short cuts, however, there are smart processes and smart ideas. Little helpers to make life easier but leave enough challenge to keep it interesting. Shortcuts seem to cost me time and unnecessary money.
Seth Godin, a brilliant author I read said this in a recent blog entry:
It will take you less time and less effort to do it the difficult way than it will to buy and try and discard all the shortcuts. No kidding huh? Read the whole thing here
So in all our endeavors it is sage advice to do hard work. But! Look for, no beg for smart solutions.
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