Monday, 2 November 2015

Say Hello to our Director of Operations, Andrew!

Hello Everyone... My name is Andrew.

Blog posts..... What does one write in a blog post? I have been sitting here trying to think of what to write.   I guess I am supposed to tell a story of something interesting.... something that maybe someone would read to the end or even share with a friend.  Well this is what I have got...I would say that I am a maker. I like to make as much stuff as I possibly can. I would much rather build a fence then get someone to build it for me.  I would rather throw out my back laying a patio than get some company to accomplish the same. My wife always says to me, “You can’t build EVERYTHING!” but Why not? I think it is not about the money saved, all though that comes in handy too.... To me it is the satisfaction of completing a project and sometimes surprising myself about what we truly are able to accomplish. 

I think that is why I was impressed the first time I heard Chris say he was building 3D printers. Then he said that he was going to make a better, more rigid printer that could outperform what was out there today. I remember challenging him to make different things on the 3D printer he built, it always surprised me the quality that he was able to achieve. I still have some of them sitting on my desk. The more prints that I saw and the conversations with Chris of the how he could improve the last printer he built, I just couldn’t help it I was hooked. 

That is where my ORD Solutions journey began, or maybe journey does not describe it enough... Maybe it is more like an adventure. Yeah that is it.... ORD Solutions Adventure.... we definitely had some adventures along the way, but back I will get back to it.  I became a regular at the Gibson household, working late into the night building printers.  It took us a lot longer back then to build a single printer, than it does now to build ten. We were constantly improving from printer to printer, each new printer we would find new ways to improve. We were really on to something here.  Chris has always been a forward thinking guy, when he said that we were going to build a 5 nozzle printer... the first one ever... I thought I had never seen anything like that. I mean there were 2 nozzles out there and that was a big deal but 5.... Could it be done? Why not?

We launched our first successful Kickstarter, more successful than I could have ever imagined. We accomplished our goal with the first 5 nozzle printer, and more importantly we had the support of a ton of great people supporting us with our goal.

The one thing that has impressed me the most throughout this adventure is the great customers that we have. A lot of you out there have been with us right from the start, supporting us and helping us along the way.  I think that is why it made it so important to make sure that we could deliver on every single one of the printers that were pledged for, we started working as soon as we could. First we had to get the parts, this time for a lot more than we normally were used to building....The parts started to roll in and we quickly realized that the basement wasn’t going to work anymore. We moved on and started building the Kickstarter printers in our new location, with our newest addition to the team, Mike. It took us longer than we anticipated and ran into challenges along the way, but it was such an accomplishment when we sent out our last Kickstarter printer.  We accomplished our goal and built a team in the process.

Well I guess I will end there. I will be back and tell you more about the ORD Adventures that we have had, and maybe about some new ones that are still ahead of us.  Thanks for reading, especially if you made it all this way.

Andrew


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