Thanks for all your responses and thoughts.
The point of developing before starting the campaign was to have something to show as a proof of what could be expected (something ready to release), and to convince myself that I was able to do it. I strongly agree with the advertisement, but I don't know any other site to expose it apart from the google+ community, this forum and my blog. As you say, community is small at the moment.
something that it is done today on a regular basis?
I thought about it because of that, seems to be everywhere.
I am guessing if nobody tries this we can't know for sure how successful it could be.
Great Work !
I don't personally have a use of this workbench. But I see some people asking for this kind of functionalities in FreeCAD so I think it's a good idea !
At the few workshops where I have been, there was a workload of machining and sheet metal parts in a proportion 70/30, but I'm not sure if this is a common ratio.
Personally (again) I prefer when the code is opened at the beginning. I think it's interesting for "power" user to see the development process and start testing the WB. Also I think you can get more help while developing if the code is open.
I agree with you, but, again, I had to convince myself that I could do it. Apart, the idea was that it could sell better if it was finished (because to me is easier to pay for a product than for a set of ideas, but I'm realizing that this mentality is not aligned with the crowdfunding characteristics).
I'm going to examine the path module history.
I have told it to some workshops I know near me, but the problem is that they already have solid works or inventor, and, at least in Spain, licenses are not a problem if there is a torrent link available.
Nice summary. I will check the licenses.
Potentially your own Dev team
Proper advertising, thats hard to do. What do you have in mind?
I didn't thought about laser cutting workshops, but I think that the problem will be, as you say, switching from something that works to something new-I-don't-know-how-to-use, also think about what I said to PrzemoF about licenses in Spain (where I can contact directly with companies).
- I am going to try to achieve basic functionality on the workbench (complete unfold)
- Think about how can I earn something form what I have and continue the development in a open source way as the path module.
- Talk with some companies about the project
- Maybe start the crowdfunding campaing to "test the waters"
I will post here any news, thanks again for your responses.