Ultra-Make: EMail Actual Products

CHINA IS GOING OFF-LINE!  Turn off your long supply lines.  Lower the cost of goods to consumers.  Get people designing and innovating again.

“How?”

With Ultra-Make.

We’re a new business model:  We champion “emailable” products.  Things the new Maker Class of Designers and next-gen Manupreneurs can sell to customers online for local printing at the end use location.

No factory in Asia.  No environmental waste or overhead.  

Just a new class of products based on standard 3D printing and PCB routing standards, coupled with a few forward-thinking parts houses.

“Wait -email ACTUAL products?”

You bet!

New to “Making” are you?  We’re here to help.

This website is dedicated to “disrupting the Old World Order” by promoting local manufacturing.  Yes:  Desktop Manufacturing is real.

Thing is, most people don’t know about sources like Yeggi and Thingiverse.  Great sites!  But, where’s the integration?  That’s where we fit in.

The main problem?  People are not clear on the technologies of desktop manufacturing.  Maybe they have one machine.  But is “that all there is to the circus?

We’re here to up everyone’s game. 

One-print, one-machine…yeah, sure, interesting.  But can we get to the grown-up builds?  The ones with print files, g-code, instructions, and a back to components coming next day in the mail?

Empowering Designers and next-generation Online Manufacturers to offer absolute top-notch products to markets with zero lead-time.

And fewer strings to Asia.

We won’t pretend to give you rhyme and verse of G-Code which runs a lot of desktop machines.  We focus on the “High level View.”  In grad school, this would be the Management course or Business Model discussion.

Ultra-Make  is a simple series of processes to online DIY Designers and Makers can take products to market in the least expensive, most direct means possible.

Somewhere, in following these little “process maps” around, a light will go on in your head.

Hey!  You mean I can invent or design something, and then sell it online in direct competition with some mega-giant corporation somewhere?”

Exactly so! 

Because above all else, legends of management science, like Frederick Winslow Taylor, made mountains of money for people by doing “time and motion studies” or working people.

This site will help you think more like a Manager and get you looking at In-Home Manufacturing (for that’s what this subversive little website is all about!) as a manager would.

Everything in manufacturing is measurable and repeatable.

How this Site Began

The author of this site is a quirky fellow who is mainly a writer and hobbyist whose hand tool collection is pretty good. 

In his shop, there’s an area for metal-working.  9X20″ geared head lathe, small desktop manual milling machine, Fair-sized box and pan sheet metal bending brake, plus gas, wire, and stick weldets with a 1/2″ clean-cutting plasma machine and a metal-cutting chop saw.  A small Taig lathe for fine work.

Sounds like a lot of fun, already, doesn’t it?

Over in the corner somewhere, there’s also a Backyard Metalcasting  melting furnace waiting to be built.

Sure, there’s a woodworking side of this “dream shop” as well.  A couple of belt sanders, drill press, planer, band saw, table saw, 12″ compound chop saw and even a central vac system.

BUT the problem I ran into was there have recently been a handful of “I want to build that’s…” I can’t do simply even with the big investment in equipment.

You need CNC…or something that would get “close enough.”

While the web is great on the “drill-down” stuff, the high-level is missing.  At age 71, here comes a new research project – which is what this site is.

You’ll find some of the videos that helped me sort out wheat from chaff.  And you’ll find some vendors I’ve bought from plus the various Youtuber’s who’ve done the videos that make it possible to come up-to-speed quickly.

The Big Geekly Vision

Ready?

You get up tomorrow morning, hit Amazon and want to build a new audio amplifier. 

Sure, you can buy one premade and from China.  But, is that going to help anyone in America?

What if you could buy a pretty good audio amp and just download it?

Here’s what the “Making” process looks like for this new Amp of yours:

    • You order and pay.
    • Three files are pushed out to you.
      • Two files for the Amp housing (Top.stl and Bottom.stl)
      • One file to mill the printed circuit board.
    • A day later, a small package arrives from an electronics supplier.  Inside are all the electrical components, connectors, and devices to complete your build…

While your 3D printer works on the second half of the case, you notice the PCB milling is completed over on the CNC router.

You, dear reader, are about to be an ultra-maker.

Or, if you like the process, maybe you’re a designer?

With online parts-picking a reality, you think back to the recently revitalized Heathkit and how they revolutionized America with high quality kits in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Could it happen today?

Let us email you a product, one of these days, or better yet, you email us one.

The Old Paradigm:  Polluting factories in China, massive shipping overhead, cutting down rainforests for packaging materials…all going…going…

Dispersed neighborhood manufacturing (DNM) is at hand.  And you’re getting there first.

6 thoughts on “Ultra-Make: EMail Actual Products”

  1. This Ultra+Make is right up my ally, I’m always thinking of either updated improved products, but mostly ones that are at the very minimum 10 yrs ahead of anyone else dropping the exact same idea on the market simply because of Not being able to get all the parts together, but mostly it’s the electronics and software programming I’m not good at. I’m strong in manufacturing materials and their strengths etc. Drafting prototypes and yes by hand lol I could literally build a robot but Can’t program it, and honestly it’s not my
    forte. One question I do have is there any software that will turn a 2 dimension drawing well drafting into a 3D rendering so that it can be print it out on a 3D printer. Second question is have you ever fiddled with the idea of opening a web service like a store system like Etsy.com for strictly New Innovative Products that {We} as an Ultra+Maker (sorry Id rather use positive connotations Ultra- = negative Ultra+ = positive) could list Our products. If it took .50¢ per listing then 2-3-4 % of the overall sale to keep the web stores up, and for an overall advertising campaign. Simply to uphold a certain moral standards for All the Advertising of the overall websites. If Ultra+Maker are wanting to be the Innovators, Creators of the Future in manufacturing and leading the way towards Change away from the traditional manufacturing values we hold onto today, shouldn’t We keep everything on one page one voice so to speak or should it be just a freandsy of what ea. Ultra+Maker vision, opinion, values, morals are at the time of what He/She is producing. I guess I’m just looking for clarity from Ultra+Maker on what comes after We are producing our own products here at home in North America. Do we continue to help one another that’s all. I’m not trying to stir any dust up, or hurt anyone’s emotions or bust down any egos etc. Just asking questions I hope will provoke a response or more thought for digestion I need to find the forum if their is one, that is. Thanks Yall
    Sincerely Andrew R Thomson

  2. https://www.sonofatailor.com/notes/slow-down

    A woman and her husband were on the final day of their workshop in Eric Landon’s studio. She was sobbing as she walked over to the American pottery maker and quietly said:

    “I haven’t seen my husband so calm in these past two years.”

    As a soldier in Afghanistan, her husband’s hands were maimed by roadside bombs. They had been put together by pins, and he suffered from severe PTSD. Now, in pottery, he had found an unlikely remedy. With his attention fixed to the sculpture he was slowly creating, there was nowhere to let his mind wander. Just unwavering focus.

    That is, Landon says, one of the profound effects of craftsmanship. “There’s something about the connection between the brain and the hands. Creating is grounding,” he says. “It’s a thing that got lost along the way. When you do pottery, you can check out. I think everyone really needs that sometimes.”

  3. https://www.sonofatailor.com/notes/meet-the-man-whos-changing-eyewear-frame-by-frame

    VIU, as such, is a fashion brand with optical competences instead of the other way around, he adds. Innovation is a cornerstone of the VIU brand; one example being its 3D frame-printing technology, which allows for a true made-to-made experience.

    How did you come up with the concept of 3D printing your frames?

    “It was down to curiosity. In product lines like eyewear, which is always based on characters, it sits in the middle of your face, so it really needs to tie it all together. In the future, VIU sees that one of the most crucial factors will be the possibility to customize eyewear. Color, material, typography, size,” Aeberhard remarks on the concept of tailor-made eyewear.

    “3D printing is a great production method; the technology is at a certain level where you can assure a solid product which just works, and you’re still within a short time frame. But this is just the beginning. 3D is really interesting because there are new updates almost every other week, new materials being created, recycled or renewable materials are discovered. For the future, this is what VIU are looking at quite strongly as well. For example, using frames that could somehow be biodegradable. But that’s a longer process.”

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