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Old 09-18-2014, 01:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just thought I would throw this out there to get a reaction from you guys. Been thinking of starting up an offshoot business and run it along side my current tuning business. I will soon become a full Mechanical Engineer and have up until now been engineering struction components on our many drilling rigs. I have extensive time both working with solidworks, including its FEA package.

I am thinking of starting up a service for the backyard mechanics to propose solutions to making their builds a reality. Many of you know the problem and know exactly what is needed to solve the problem, but if your like me its how do you solve that problem. Without accurate 3d models and drawings or a buddy in a machine shop to help you your left scrambling to try and find ways to get what you want made. This usually means calling around and trying to find a fab shop that will build you what your looking for.

I know at least up here there is a market of guys doing engine swaps, putting turbos on cars, and just making crazy awesome builds. These guys usually succeed due to their connections to get random parts made. I know of a local 370Z owner who works in a fab shop, and it shows with the attention to detail on the fabbed up parts he is able to produce. He knows material and knows how to make a random bracket or cover. But not everyone has that connection, but if you had a place to go to make your idea a reality at first in a computer, then physically would you use that service?

A big example that everyone can relate to on this forum is making a manifold adaptor to fit the GTR manifold. There was so much want for this product but it seems to have died off. I have no doubt that I could 3d model a solution and find a way to have it produced.

There are companies doing this inhouse already, Z1 with their clutch relocation product, Fast Intentions with their beautifully made FI kit, just looking at those renders makes me happy, lol. But what about the backyard mechanic?

Essentially I am looking to mix my Engineering Degree with my interest in the automotive world and this seems like a good way to do it. Heres a few screens of the sort of stuff I currently use solid modeling for.





Then a bit of FEA analysis on a mounting plate for one of our large winches. I would be able to do flow analysis in much the same way.




Let me know what you guys think! Good or bad I want to hear it. I think there would be a market for it. Even if its a proactive one and jumping on issues I think the automotive community would want fixed or improved.

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From one M.E to another, go for it bro. I think its a great idea, thought of doing something similar at one point but I'm already doing too much.
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It sounds like it would make you very happy to combine your skills with your passion. I say you should go for it. I think it would be very rewarding for you in more ways than one. Good luck to you!
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I think I will do that, been looking at some cool tools like handheld 3d scanners to produce accurate models of existing parts to build off of.

We'll see what happens.

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You seem to be very talented and I'm sure you be one hell of an asset to whoever needs your help
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It sounds like you have the Engineering skills but do you have the Business acumen to make it work? You will need to spend a lot of time advertising your services, supporting customers, and other non-Engineering tasks. And a million other reasons to not do it.

But if it sounds like something you would enjoy doing, why not give it a shot? You never know what the monkey ate until he defecates.
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I think so. I currently have over 800 customers running my custom tunes. Any anyone who has either tuned or had a tune done knows how much customer service is required to support the work being done. That and I have the mrs. To help me on that front.

I'll play with the intake manifold over Christmas and see what i can come up with.

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I think so. I currently have over 800 customers running my custom tunes. Any anyone who has either tuned or had a tune done knows how much customer service is required to support the work being done.
I guess that answers my question.

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That and I have the mrs. To help me on that front.
Always a big plus.



I get the feeling you knew what the answer was before you posted it. Good luck with your new venture.

I'm looking forward to seeing posts about some of your projects. If nothing else, you've got some pretty pictures.
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huh, mitcomoto in the making.
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