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What happened? There are usually multiple live product searches going on. There are currently none.

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Shhhh! Don't alert them! We want them to focus on the searches that closed in the past 6 months, so we can see if we've been selected!  Just kidding! I agree there does appear to be a lull. Maybe the open searches just aren't showing up on my adroid browser?

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Hi Steven!

We recently had six searches close. Four last night and two last week. The team is working right now to evaluate all ideas submitted to those searches.

We are always working with companies for new innovation searches and will alert the community once new opportunities are live.

In the interim, you are always welcome to submit to either the ASOTV search or the All Category Search.

Best of luck!

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I don't think this is anything out of the norm.  The number of searches that are live at any given time is not a steady state number.  It a variable number.

Robert Pontius
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YES --- Derrick

Need to catch our breath after bubbles, bandages and buzz saws. . . !

Robert Pontius
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Michael Heagerty
Michelle Sartori
Derrick James
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Hello!

How about another Live Search by Spencer's?  That would be fun!

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vitaminguy's Avatargold

Yes! Spencers! That would be awesome! I did very well. Two G7s in fact! The one in their 'design the next lava lamp' lighting search even got into some funky stage that looked like G8, but was not quite there. Ultimately went R8 when there weren't enough resources to further develop a prototype with a robust enough effect. :(  Now that I have a 3D printer and have gottend great at CAD, I'm very sure I could create much more powerful designs. I'd love another crack at that search!

Robert Pontius
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Beuller?

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Hi Steven,

We currently have two of our standard searches open. We just completed a long run with with the four Apothecary searches, two Dulcop searches and the Great Star search and the team is working hard to review all submissions for those searches and finalize presentation materials for the two meetings next week.

The team is working on new opportunities and as soon as there are updates, we'll share them in the forums. 

In the interim, the All Category search and ASOTV search are both open and available for submissions.

Robert Pontius
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When there's a live search or searches I feel almost *compelled* to submit in response and to focus all my available inventing time and energy within the search parameters right up until the deadline(s). So I for one am glad when I can take a little hiatus from responding to searches and just let my mind roam free, develop my "open" ideas, and submit at my own pace. I almost need that break before I'm ready for the next LPS.

Rafael Avila
Michelle Sartori
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Not sure what kind of search I'd like to have.  I do know I need to learn how to do technical drawings and use CAD if I am going to do well at inventing.  I've been lucky to get my young adult bubble idea to stage 7 without really having the things that are generally needed for a fair evaluation.  Coming up with ideas isn't a problem for me, it's just getting the other things done, and I don't have the money to continually pay other people to do the drawings and things for me.  On one of the ideas I have yet to present, I paid $100 on upworks to have someone do the drawings and .stl file for it.  I'm not sure if that was a fair price or not, but trying to find someone with a 3D printer to do a prototype for a fair price is insane.  I can literally buy a used 3D printer for almost as much as some want to charge for just one prototype.  $300 for a 6" diameter 3 inch high item made entirely out of plastic but in two pieces, does that sound fair?

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William, 

If you got your young adult bubble idea to stage 7, you're not lucky...you're good!   Congrats.   Our city library charges $.06 per minute of printing,  so we would need more details on the quality, size, and material used.  Buy a 3D printer and learn a basic CAD program.  See the blog page.  You are definitely doing the smart things and asking the right questions for a rewarding future in inventing! 

William Ashley Lewis
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William:

One way to determine the fairness of your $300 6" x 3" print is to weigh it - the cost in PLA/ABS filament alone is grams x $0.05+ or so. 

Another test: "Neighborhood" 3D print services like www.makexyz.com typically charge by the cubic centimeter - I've seen from $0.25 to $1 per cm^3. If you know the volume of your model you can calculate a comparable cost. If your prototype is 18 cubic inches or about 300 cubic centimeters you are approaching $300 at the top of the range. 

www.shapeways.com will give you an automated instant quote if you upload your 3D model. Tends to be on the high-priced side though and shipping is a killer but at least it's a reference point (and I might use them if I need a print in metal or some other material or in multiple colors).

My guess is that both the $100 you paid for design and $300 for the 3D print were "fair" given a reasonable hourly rate for the design work and the cost (and markup) for the 3D printing.

Of course, using your own 3D design skills and your own 3D printer saves you a TON of money and gives you a lot more control and the ability to iterate prototypes quickly.

William Ashley Lewis
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William, we don't know the complexity of what you had modeled, but considering what ANY professional services cost, I would say you got a pretty good deal. Think about it, how much would an airplane mechanic charge you to work on your plane for an hour?

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Psst...New search just launched - check your dashboards and the forums to learn more!

Robert Pontius
Derrick James
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Steven, funny you mention plane mechanics... I had my car at the shop the other day and one of the owners was telling me that he was also a plane mechanic and pilot, and that car mechanics actually get a higher hourly rate than plane mechanics!  At least the ones he's been around.  Seems odd, but as he says - an engine is an engine.

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Psst...new search preview opportunity in Room 5 right now!

Not an Insider? Click here to upgrade and access!

Robert Pontius
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Michelle: I know we can't talk about this outside of Room 5 but WOW, just WOW.

Mary Gorman
Michelle Sartori
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Everyone should get an Insider membership so they can go to Room 5 and seriously start toying around there. Don't be left out!

Mary Gorman
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Very cool insider info, wish I could say more but...

Mary Gorman
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