Can you start a business selling home crafted molded plastic items?

Watch this thread
HucktheForde
Badges: 20
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#1
Report Thread starter 3 months ago
#1
So i have this idea.

1) Use CAD software to design a cool item such as this battery box, or maybe some cool chess pieces

Image

2) Use a 3d printer and print the parts out.
3) Create a silicon mould for all the parts
4) Melt plastic granules and pour molten plastic into the mould and let it cool.
5) Remove the plastic when it hardens and we can sell it on ebay for a profit.

Some may ask why use plastic and not polyurethane resin, since polyurethane resin doesnt require high temperature, the problem with polyurethane resin is that it takes 24-72 hours to cool, at that rate, might as well just 3d print everything.
Last edited by HucktheForde; 3 months ago
0
reply
yeet_21
Badges: 14
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#2
Report 3 months ago
#2
use ur 3d printers to print more 3d printers then sell those 3d printers you made
2
reply
londonmyst
Badges: 18
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#3
Report 3 months ago
#3
Yes, you can try to sell such items on ebay.
Whether you will make a reasonable profit or not will depend upon a variety of factors.
Including: the demand for the items, ebay seller fees, paypal commission, postage&packing costs and the competition from rival sellers within the uk & overseas.
Good luck!
0
reply
Other_Owl
Badges: 22
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#4
Report 3 months ago
#4
Are you sober this time...? Last time it was part-time porn star.
4
reply
HucktheForde
Badges: 20
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#5
Report Thread starter 3 months ago
#5
(Original post by yeet_21)
use ur 3d printers to print more 3d printers then sell those 3d printers you made
too slow for large items, imagine you receive a massive order of 100 items, how you gonna 3d print all of them? plastic moulding it is faster
0
reply
CoolCavy
Badges: 20
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#6
Report 3 months ago
#6
You definitely can, there are plenty of etsy retailers selling home made resin or 3d printed items.
I wouldnt really rely on it for your main income though, but as a side business it could be quite successful
1
reply
skylark2
Badges: 18
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#7
Report 3 months ago
#7
I suspect now is not a good time to be trying to sell plastic anything.
0
reply
yeet_21
Badges: 14
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#8
Report 3 months ago
#8
(Original post by HucktheForde)
too slow for large items, imagine you receive a massive order of 100 items, how you gonna 3d print all of them? plastic moulding it is faster
idk im not the one printing 3d printers
0
reply
HucktheForde
Badges: 20
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#9
Report Thread starter 3 months ago
#9
(Original post by CoolCavy)
You definitely can, there are plenty of etsy retailers selling home made resin or 3d printed items.
I wouldnt really rely on it for your main income though, but as a side business it could be quite successful
thanks, i have a 3d printer and this thing is amazing!! shamefully its too slow , hence its only good for prototyping. Anything need to be manufactured in a timely manner still need to rely on good ol plastic injection.
(Original post by yeet_21)
idk im not the one printing 3d printers
neither am i
0
reply
Surnia
Badges: 19
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#10
Report 3 months ago
#10
But I can buy a pack of storage boxes in Poundland and label them. Might not be 'cool' but cheaper and quicker than sending off for a box. They only sit in a cupboard anyway, so don't need to be decorative.
0
reply
HucktheForde
Badges: 20
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#11
Report Thread starter 3 months ago
#11
(Original post by Surnia)
But I can buy a pack of storage boxes in Poundland and label them. Might not be 'cool' but cheaper and quicker than sending off for a box. They only sit in a cupboard anyway, so don't need to be decorative.
yea we are talking about custom crafted items not normal items in general

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

btw i just found this on youtube, precisely what i am trying to do , he combined the advantages of all 3 manufacturing methods , versatility of 3d printers, low costs of resin moulding , and speed of plastic injection moulding. what a hero

0
reply
X

Quick Reply

Attached files
Write a reply...
Reply
new posts
Back
to top
Latest
My Feed

See more of what you like on
The Student Room

You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

Personalise

How did your Edexcel A-level Economics Paper 1 go?

Loved the paper - Feeling positive (61)
15.76%
The paper was reasonable (190)
49.1%
Not feeling great about that exam... (97)
25.06%
It was TERRIBLE (39)
10.08%

Watched Threads

View All