3.5 year update.

New Home Forum Updates 3.5 year update.

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  • #78773

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    Oh….frozen eyelashes, no, no thank you!

     

    #78808

    Dui, ni shuo de dui
    Participant

    Congrat’s to you Ryan, those figures look good! Might be time to prepare for a leap in scale, if Thomas Sanladerer’s review is good (which I really hope it will).

    I started to dig into the MPCNC because a friend asked me if I could 3D print the parts for him. To be very honest, at this point in time I wasn’t really convinced this CNC would be any good and I even tried to discourage him because I had concerns about its rigidity. But he insisted, so, being a good friend, I just printed the parts.

    While printing them, I made a bit of research on this machine and got to the point I thought I could just print another batch of the parts and give it a quick go, just to learn the basics before buying a “real one”. Long story short, my machine has been through a lot of different evolutions and epic adventures, while my friend still hasn’t put his together and let the printed parts to rot in a box…

    I really thank you Ryan for this machine, it quite changed my workshop and the way I do things now. If only I had the space, I would for sure have at least 4 of them in my shop (printer, wood router, aluminum router and plasma). I’m a bit ashamed to say that I never bought anything from you, mainly because it is a bit complicated for me to buy from China (I suck at bank stuff and shipping + customs from the US are a bit of a maze process here). So I tried to repay you the only way I could, by helping people to troubleshoot on the forums and raise awareness. One day, I promise, I’ll finally go over my laziness and buy stuff from your shop, probably a bunch of those sharpies 1 and 2 flutes since the ones I find here really suck.

    Keep up the good work, the best is still to come!

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    #78809

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    Helping is as good as money, promise! That was a really nice post.

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    #78818

    Jeffeb3
    Participant

    Long story short, my machine has been through a lot of different evolutions and epic adventures, while my friend still hasn’t put his together and let the printed parts to rot in a box…

    That’s all our gain. I’m really glad you’re here. Your projects always seem like real stretch goals and you finish them all the time. I even like it when you disagree with me :).

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    #79016

    Barry
    Participant

    Heh, cold.  You guys are funny!

    #81025

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    uhhhh
    This is just getting insane. All those numbers and stats from before….outdated, every stat is larger. November-December was never a very significant period before, average was what I would call it. Not this year.

    More than 8,300 Forum users just under 8k participating so extremely low lurker count. Lurking is good, read then ask, I am okay with that but I also feel awesome that everyone here is so welcoming most are comfortable asking a question. Never seen a Newb comment other than self stated (please keep it that way). I love all of you, and how awesome it is here even for me to ask questions.

    5400+ topics and 48,000+replies, nothing but a giant smile here.

    I just wanted to give you an update. I am not as vocal lately I have been dealing with orders and inventory pretty seriously for the last little while. I appreciate all the help and thank you all for being cool. Best Crew Ever!

     

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    #81028

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    Oh and those page views, Dec 17 -87,720, Dec 18 (with 4 days left) 736,651…..Dude, come on, 3/4 of a million page views in a month…

    #81035

    Jeffeb3
    Participant

    With 5300 topics, and many of them getting off topic, I’m actually surprised things are actually discoverable. Some posts come up after being dormant for months. Maybe they are searching well, or maybe they are just entertaining enough to read all of them. I actually think the build logs are the best content. Real life people taking the leap on faith and working through troubles and ending up making dust. It immediately adds community. The fact that new ones are coming in makes a difference too, because it feels less valid when the builds are older for some reason.

    W.r.t. 48k replies. I guess I’m responsible for 1/12. Maybe I should focus on quality instead of quantity. 😀

    Thanks for sharing Ryan. These numbers are really hard to comprehend. But it’s clear you’ve made something awesome and let’s hope next year is awesome too.

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    #83285

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    100percent

    Well, average 100% growth of the traffic in 90 days?

     

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    #83481

    Bill
    Participant

    Can’t blame it all on Christmas, since it’s still climbing after the new year. 🙂

    #83487

    Josh
    Participant

    Smells like a good place for a Amazon, Rockler or MLCS advertisement?  How about an Amazon link right under the recent replies?

    #83493

    John
    Participant

    Awesome job Ryan.  Those numbers are mind blowing.  It just goes to show, when you have a good product, people will come.  I could never afford a $10,000 + cnc, and besides I wouldn’t do it justice with what I do.  Your projects have aloowed me (and many many others) build and own a cnc machine that we would otherwise be dreaming about.  You’re a legend!

    Now it’s time to put your machines to work and cut out some panels for your 2nd bedroom just for storage lol.

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    #83498

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    Thank you!

    #83499

    Jeffeb3
    Participant

    Your projects have aloowed me (and many many others) build and own a cnc machine that we would otherwise be dreaming about. You’re a legend!

    Agreed.

    #83502

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    Thanks guys, I really was just in the exact same mindset as you. I wanted one, the one that was almost in budget seemed too expensive, so I made one. The rest has all been a team effort, so many amazing people over the years have played a part in this. That is why I think it is important to show these numbers…look at what WE are doing!…

    Just to share the ride a little more. My first “large shipment” Of many I hope!

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    #83802

    Kelly D
    Participant

    Are you diversifying Ryan? I saw neatly bundled packages like that on CSI once I’m sure. Something about border patrol…..

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    #83804

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    HAHAHA, the delivery driver seemed very interested in that as well!

    #87294

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    Well, getting real close to 4 years now.

    Boom 6 printers, are now in service (well as soon as the spool holders finish printing). Please excuse the mess I am rushing to get it going.

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    #87302

    Jeffeb3
    Participant

    The gray one is the new one? Did you change up the X strap? The gray reminds me of the moon. I dig it.

    #87306

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    Yup grey one, I did try a new strap design, no good. I think I need to use yours next time. The Heffe plate, OMG, I will never build one without it. I never tried it before. Thing is a tank now. I cut the bed out of it so it has a nice large access hole.

     

    The brown and red is the first one ever built, prototype even, 2 years and 9 months of basically 24/7/365. Kinda cool, might have changed the bearings twice I think, that is it.

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    #87506

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    Whoa, we had over a million page views in January, 1,063,074. This is blowing my mind.

     

    #87540

    Kelly D
    Participant

    That’s kind of incomprehensible…..that’s like a view every four seconds!

    Look! There’s another one!

    And another!

    And another!

    It’s testament to a great idea and a great product offering. (And if they are not unique page views I’m likely responsible for a few hundred……)

    Did you just “do this” one day Ryan or was it backed at first by a kickstarter? I think if I know the back story you just did this. No crazy kickstarter campaign or anything. Which makes it all the more amazing. Not that kickstarter success stories aren’t also amazing if that is the case.

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    #87543

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    pvjan
    seshjan

    I am sure I have my story on here somewhere, maybe not. I was working at Robo3D and kept bugging them about my CNC idea, no time for it was the answer. Left there and got my “dream job”. All the great minds at this design firm really just energized me so I went home and one day made a corner block, set it on my dining room table to keep me going. A month later (I only had one printer at the time) I had a dry erase maker drawing directly on to my table!

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    Not sure if this is the actual first one but I think it is. This is Feb28, I put it on thingiverse March 15th, 2015.

     

    I put it on thingiverse, thinking this is cool, someone might want to build one. The next day at work I noticed I had a ton of emails. A few guys really wanted to just get all the parts from me so they knew it would work. I sold one or two with the space parts I had left over. Then I bought enough for 5 more, five again….10…20. These were just people sending me money on Paypal. A month or two maybe three later I gave notice to my “dream job” that I had found something special and wanted to devote more time to it. Now I have my Dream Job.

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    #87552

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    Wow, going through my pictures and videos of the time…I need to chop together a little video. Almost brings tears to my eyes. I am still just as excited and scared as I was then.

    #87553

    Kelly D
    Participant

    So, so awesome!

    #87560

    Alex
    Participant

    Ryan, Great Job! It will be fun to see time laps of the process.

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    #87565

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    Just a quick vid

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    #87586

    Jeffeb3
    Participant

    Shouldn’t you be dealing with you 1M arriving customers and friends instead of making videos? 😀

    Very cool though. The version I made first about a year later didn’t look too different from that one.

    What was V1Engineering.com or vicious1.com for before the MPCNC? Your forum name says you’ve been a member since 2013.

    #87592

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    Sometime around, well….a long time ago, all my domains pointed to my clothing shop. Not sure why it would say 2013. The domains and sites have been around for a long time.

    #87595

    Jeffeb3
    Participant

    Ryan
    Keymaster
    Registered On: February 15, 2013

    That’s what I’m talking about.

    Maybe it’s when you installed the forum software? Or maybe when you made this iteration of your username?

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