Now that so many people have paid to get Mugsy machines or kits, isn’t it time to design a larger scale production system than just one person?
Is it possible to design an assembly line? Or given the number of parts made in 3D printers, a set of production instructions for franchisees? Or have a production ecology with part producers shipping to assemblers. It is OK open sourcing the designs, but there are lessons from the earlier production runs that new producers need to learn.
In the mean time, how about hiring some local people to run the 3D printer and assemble the prototypes, now that the design has stabilised, so that the shipping list quickly moves from the Kickstarter promoters into the first pre-orders?
The value engineering for larger scale production is itself a design challenge.