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Mindless Wandering?

I mentally wander off while looking at the things I like to make, wondering if I can do (make) them better. Kind of a wondering wander I suppose… Ha!

Tool lust is something of which I am well aware. I love well made good working machine tools. I actually, love any tool that works well for creating the tangible items I create. I assume it is a normal desire for any creative person.

That kind of lust does need to be understood and kept within reasonable bounds. How I manage it is a mental exercise. I examine the reasons for the lust (desire) and compare with my present situation.

Many times, the tool lust is more imagination than real need. The new tool may be no better than present tools. Then I feel very good about what I have. Wonder lust can be overcome when the wondering (imagined benefit) is thoroughly examined.

This is really critical for me when I wonder if say, a $3000 tool is really going to be better (for my needs) than my present $300 tool.

Such exploration reveals that many times it is not the new tool that is attractive but what ones contemplates as an improvement the new device will bring to one’s creative effort.  So, my thought is not about possessing the tool but how the new attraction will provide better results.

Reality is realized when I decide there is actually nothing wrong with what I already own and am using.

It’s not the tool that provides improvement but how I use the present tools. Skill is not increased by a new tool unless one can identify a specific skill weakness a new tool will overcome.

I have been examining mid and high range (cost) 3D printers. High cost can be justified, but not always in terms of improved quality results. At least not short term. The long-term business needs of three-dimensional printing are different than a hobby need.

When I need the quality I already have, but in a much higher volume, then machine (tool) dependability becomes a major contribution to production. Higher dependability and consistent results save cost in the long run. It’s the difference between amateur and professional.

Both expensive and low-cost tools may produce equal quality results. The professional must be certain tools at any cost are not a limitation and deliver constant performance, not becoming another variable to manage.

To a professional, time is money. An amateur can exchange time for cost and work at a slower or lower volume.

 

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