|Re: What about a real refitting of old 41s?|
Message #7 Posted by ECL on 18 July 2007, 10:38 p.m.,
in response to message #6 by koendv
I'd disagree with Koen, the time necessary to create a CAD model uses the one resource that a hobbyist is plentiful in: personal voluntary time!
Hobbyists differ from businessmen in one key characteristic: The former will happily engage in a zero-ROV (financial) project simply because he/she enjoys it, or is nostalgic about a subject. We work for "free" through the night on hobby projects, and then wake up and work the daylight hours for profit.
The monetary cost is greatest when short-run, highly custom equipment is created using current/modern industrial fab shop tools that are not subsidized (for our benefit).
Even more curious is the desire to MAKE a calculator. Granted, this is a DIY culture (of which I am more interested in the numerical DIY aspect, ie. programming). I can appreciate it, but wonder that you all are not more interested in your day-jobs?
I can hardly wait to get to work in the mornings, and often put in 11-12 hours because I get caught up in my work. Lately, when I get home, I'm spent, and look forward to reading, or mentally revisiting current project issues in the evenings.
I am a structures analyst/design guy on a new suborbital space vehicle, so job-related excitement is par for the course, but I'm still somewhat startled that people are still pursuing these fab projects. Don't take this the wrong way, I don't mean any harm. I'd really like to know more of your perspectives on how being a tech-minded person (for those of you who are) has worked out wrt careers, etc.