Online since 2002. Over 3300 puzzles, 2600 worldwide members, and 270,000 messages.

TwistyPuzzles.com Forum

It is currently Thu Apr 17, 2014 8:19 am

All times are UTC - 5 hours



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 10 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Reducing puzzle production cost
PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 6:19 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Dec 16, 2011 4:02 pm
Location: Belgium
To me this is the most pushing issue.
I have created a new puzzle, which I have not yet revealed to everyone.
The construction of a single one of those puzzles + stickering have cost around $50-60 for my first prototype. And I think, using the same method. I could keep my production cost as low as $50. But that's still too expensive to sell to anyone else if you count shipping and profit to it.

I would gladly appreciate tips and tricks to reduce the cost of my puzzle! :)

_________________
Is that a Missing Link in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? 8-)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Reducing puzzle production cost
PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 6:24 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sun Jun 13, 2010 1:00 am
Location: Colorado
Shell it to .7 to .9 mm and put holes on sides that aren't visible if it doesn't affect turn quality. Other then that get the density discount and order a few of your puzzles in a single model so they cost a lot less individually.

_________________
My Shapeways Shop
My YouTube Videos
My Museum Puzzles


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Reducing puzzle production cost
PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 6:27 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Dec 16, 2011 4:02 pm
Location: Belgium
PuzzleMaster6262 wrote:
Shell it to .7 to .9 mm and put holes on sides that aren't visible if it doesn't affect turn quality. Other then that get the density discount and order a few of your puzzles in a single model so they cost a lot less individually.


Well, It was a hand made puzzle, so I haven't made a 3D model yet.

Any ideas on reducing costs of hand made puzzles?

_________________
Is that a Missing Link in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? 8-)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Reducing puzzle production cost
PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 6:44 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sun Feb 13, 2011 9:16 am
Location: Indiana
If you aren't 3D printing it, then we'll need to know what methods/materials you used when handmaking if can be of any help.

_________________
-Jack Lopez


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Reducing puzzle production cost
PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 7:04 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Dec 16, 2011 4:02 pm
Location: Belgium
Jack Lopez wrote:
If you aren't 3D printing it, then we'll need to know what methods/materials you used when handmaking if can be of any help.


Well, I actually buy several premade twisty puzzles. Then cut what I need to cut a handsaw and do the rest of the modding with glue and fine to coarse sandpaper.

The puzzle weighs in at 250 grams. Would that be relevant in printing? If so, how much do you think it would cost to print?

_________________
Is that a Missing Link in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? 8-)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Reducing puzzle production cost
PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 7:12 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sun Jun 13, 2010 1:00 am
Location: Colorado
Volume of material is the only factor for 3d printing price. Almost always it is more expensive then hand modding.

_________________
My Shapeways Shop
My YouTube Videos
My Museum Puzzles


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Reducing puzzle production cost
PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 7:16 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sun Oct 04, 2009 5:06 pm
Location: Ridgefield, Connecticut
$50-$60 sounds like an extremely reasonable amount for a handmade puzzle.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Reducing puzzle production cost
PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 7:23 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Dec 16, 2011 4:02 pm
Location: Belgium
PuzzleMaster6262 wrote:
Volume of material is the only factor for 3d printing price. Almost always it is more expensive then hand modding.


that's disappointing :?
How about casting, would that make for a cheaper price than my way? (buying puzzles to cut down and re-use the parts for my own puzzle). It has 6 different kinds of pieces. But I could use the core of one bought puzzle and then cast 3 different pieces to complete my puzzle.

Would casting be cost-effective or as much counterproductive as 3D-printing would be in terms of cost reduction?

_________________
Is that a Missing Link in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? 8-)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Reducing puzzle production cost
PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 7:31 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sun Oct 04, 2009 5:06 pm
Location: Ridgefield, Connecticut
All of these questions would be easier to answer if you showed us the puzzles.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Reducing puzzle production cost
PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:35 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Sep 24, 2009 12:21 pm
Location: Chichester, England
I would agree with Ben. Handmade puzzles can easily sell for $100+, obviously depending on the craftsmanship and the puzzle itself. What I would recommend you do is make the puzzle, show it to us, and then either sell it through eBay, or if you're not satisfied with it or you think you can make a cheaper version, keep that puzzle for yourself and produce another one.

_________________
3x3x3 single: 5.73 seconds.
3x3x3 average of five: 8.92 seconds.
3x3x3 average of twelve: 9.77 seconds.

Buy the Curvy Copter Skewb, NovaMinx, and more here!


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 10 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 5 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: MSNbot Media and 4 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

Forum powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group