The First Month and a Goodbye
It's only been one month that the DioWarriors Store has gone live. It was crazy!
November, in the US, is a time of the Thanksgiving Holidays where it is customary to remember things that one is grateful for. It is obvious to say that at DioWarriors we are extremely grateful to our customers and fans who have stuck with us over the years and finally been able to order directly from us. We introduced ourselves in 2014 during the GI Joe Convention in Dallas, Texas. We had just a single table we loaded up with 3D Printed props -- all prototypes -- and two dioramas. It was our first convention that we wanted to test the waters, to see how well 3D printed items might be received. And it was a fantastic reception.
The following year we did a series of prototypes and posted the photos online. We also pushed the capabilities of our printers to their limits and changed the prop designs to make them more efficient. There were a lot of experimentation with various plastics. We formed this web-store and became familiar with it.
Everything took time. But we made sure every step we took progressed towards our goal to make quality 3D Printed props. What we didn't want to do is get carried away with our own euphoria of what we could do. We had to be sure. And when we were sure that's when we decided to go live with the DW Store.
And so here we are. One month later and spending sleepless nights printing throughout the week. We still do new designs, but much of our design time is spent improving the prototypes that we showed during the past year, incorporating better designs and techniques, getting them ready for 3D Printing. The rest of the time is the printing.
It's like being back in college with deadlines. But it's fun, and we enjoy it. For an opening month, November was indeed a month to be thankful for. Thank you all for your support and your encouragement. Goodbye November. Hello December!
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