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New Bridgeport Attachment - Be a Part of the Product Development Process

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Birder

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Hello everyone,
I am developing a new attachment for Bridgeport mills. I am in the early days, and have a handful of prototypes, and would like to request some feedback on my new tool. I am not asking for funds, donations, etc, but will give you the tool, in exchange for some feedback.
Send me a PM if you are interested please.
Thank you
Birder
 

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To me your, post is way too vague, it's like an ad that say you have land for sale, then not tell us the location, the type (farm, camp, building lot) or the price. It's hard to get interested. I also haven't the time to play email tag,, give us a clue, what it is or does, not asking for minute detail, just a general overview.
 
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I too maybe interested, but not knowing what the tool does I am reluctant to volunteer.
 

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I would guess the details are lacking because you can't enforce a Non-disclosure Agreement over the net.
 

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There are so many attachments/accessories for the Bridgeport already. I think the wheels have already been invented for the Bridgeport. I’m a tolaholic and have to have it all. But have I used all of the attachments for my Bridgeport…NO. It’s a very versatile stand alone machine. If you use some finesse, you don’t need all the toys they try to sell you. Think your progress out first. Think each step for the simplest and most accurate. Learn your machines limits. Only then can you make meaningful parts. And be safe…Dave
 

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Mikey is correct on the NDA part of this. My hope is that if things progress, I can share more of these and just ask for other volunteers. I could say, "No obligation" "Free" etc, but I'm not a scammer. I've had a few positive responses, and am interested in speaking to some more of you. Thank you. Birder
 

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I am surprised at the responses to Birder's offer. He has a potentially useful tool that he is offering to give you in exchange for your feedback on the tool. I don't see a downside other than the time it takes to give him a thoughtful and honest appraisal. Wow, tough crowd.
 

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Hello everyone,
I am developing a new attachment for Bridgeport mills. I am in the early days, and have a handful of prototypes, and would like to request some feedback on my new tool. I am not asking for funds, donations, etc, but will give you the tool, in exchange for some feedback.
Send me a PM if you are interested please.
Thank you
Birder
I have a vertical mill (not Bridgeport) but if the attachment would fit R8 spindle I'm game -- Jack
 

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Hello everyone,
I am developing a new attachment for Bridgeport mills. I am in the early days, and have a handful of prototypes, and would like to request some feedback on my new tool. I am not asking for funds, donations, etc, but will give you the tool, in exchange for some feedback.
Send me a PM if you are interested please.
Thank you
Birder
Sent along an PM...
Always interested in new gadgets... Keeps the wheels between the ears turning!
THX for the opportunity to contribute!

GA
 

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My opinion: Inventing and protecting a mechanical device intended for use by machinists is like trying to nail Jell-O to a wall while roller skating in a manure pit and singing an operatic aria, all at the same time. The likelihood of commercial success and eventual profitability is (IMO) a unicorn.

The OP, if he has not already done so, should investigate through the patent office (USPTO.gov) filing a provisional patent application. It's an inexpensive way to protect an invention for a year while investigating the market possibilities and financial potential, keeping in mind the proclivity of the potential buyer to 'knock off' one of his/her own, plus making sure it hasn't already been invented.

After hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars prosecuting a patent to issuance you end up with a nice piece of paper with a number on it and probably not much else. Patent infringement litigation (if a patent does eventually issue) is expensive and for a little guy is another exercise in Jell-O nailing. I speak from experience.

My next similar project will be 'open source' - my idea thrown out to the world and let the best brains develop and improve it. It's still 'my' idea and now I maybe get to see it succeed, just without the millions of blue sky dollars the unicorn promised.

Sorry if I sound like a rain cloud . . . . been there, done that; have the T-Shirt and a patent. I can sell the T-shirt.

Stu
 

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Yes... sadly...

The odds of inventing a better mousetrap and making a $bundle...
Are somewhere between slim and none... and Slim is not scheduled today... grin!

Been down this road myself... the key is to develop a product one can sell hundreds of thousands of copies... QUICKLY...
And get the product to the market QUICKLY.... that is, before anyone has time to make a 'knock off' version.
What comes to mind is the $19.95 gadgets 'as seen on TV'... which usually cost about a buck or two to make... in China.

Make your $$$ quickly... and let the knock off folks sue each other into oblivion.
 

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If the point is to create something of your own and put it out there. You should do it. If the idea is money the facts are laid out here by a couple of people. I've done a couple of these (not in the machinist end of things)....some for fun where the expense didn't matter and wasn't the goal. But on the other hand depending on your work ethic and devotion you can always beat your competition on some angle. IF there is a big enough market that isn't saturated and you can compete on price...service etc. (Make sure anything done will have zero impact on your "poverty" level.)

Point really is do what will make you happy regardless of results but don't bet the boat on it. Lots of boats out there and a few people have a lot of them for some reason. lol :)

Aside from all the advice you just got without asking I hope everything works out great.

Paul
 

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I made parts for 3 "inventors" that has the best idea since sliced bread, 2 of them got the idea/item working, tried to patent it, only to find it had already been patented or there was a patent pending. The other guy got his patent, found a manufacturer and distributor, 3 years later, he had sold less than 50 of the items, with start up cost, production and distribution cost, the patent process and numerous legal fees, he lost pretty close to $600,000.

On all 3 times, I believe, I was the only one who made any money on the idea.
 
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