[hackerspaces] Tools for pricing consumables

Joshua Pritt ramgarden at gmail.com
Mon May 11 18:18:33 CEST 2015

Our only consumables are the 3D printer filament and "laser food".
3D printer filament we just put a small scale next to the printer and have
a "piggy bank" next to that labeled "10 cents per gram".  So the money in
that bank goes to buying more plastic and any repairs for the printer.
The laser food we keep one of those long, rubbermaid "under the bed"
storage boxes under the laser table and keep it full of sheets of various
colors and thicknesses of acrylic, corrogated cardboard, hobby plywood, and
cardstock paper.  There's a sheet of paper on top with the prices printed
out and people just toss their money directly in that rubbermaid tub to go
towards more laser food to feed the laser.

On Mon, May 11, 2015 at 12:12 PM, Shirley Hicks <shirley at velochicdesign.com>

> Good morning from Birmingham, Alabama (US)
> What is everyone using to price their consumables?
> What consumables are you pricing out separately, and which are you simply
> rolling into workspace/lab overhead?
> We're gather high/low data regarding local paper and inkjet/laser
> supplies, as well as commercial printing charges, and using that to build a
> pricing model for paper consumables.
> We're also doing the same for our 3D printing ABS spools.
> At this point it's rough (a couple of data  points for each), but will be
> good enough for our purposes.
> We're staring with Excel spreadsheets, but are looking to automate both
> the gathering of the data and the pricing ASAP.
> Is anyone using "data scrapers" to gather this, and if so, what are you
> using?
> Would there be interest for an automated pricing model to make this
> process easier?
> Shirley Hicks
> Red Mountain Makers
> Birmingham, AL
> www.redmountainmakers.org
> shirley at velochicdesign.com
> redmtnadmin at redmountainmakers.org
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