Since the start of the Lunar New Year on January 28th, Make and Take has produced 73 roosters (first 14 days of operation). My goal is to produce 2017 roosters over the entire year. Due to some issues with the printer we have had a few periods of downtime. I, or is it the machine, am little behind schedule. The machine should have produced 77 by now (to meet the goal of 2017 roosters in a year the machine needs to produce on average approximately 5.6 roosters per day). We (the machine and I) have some work to do to catch up. :) However, I am optimistic that we will catch up. For this project, I expected some downtime so I have programmed the machine to over produce. On average, each day the machine is operational we produce 6.4 roosters. In 3 days of operation we should be back on schedule.
I expect I am not out of the woods yet with respect to failures and issues. I am learning everyday about printing under these difficult conditions. Though these failures, I am learning more and more about the piece and I believe the fixes I am putting in place are making the piece better. I am becoming a better 3D printer operator in the process. I really love projects that force me to engineer and produce solutions given tight constraints of time and resources. Containing the solutions as ones that can be implemented on-site force me to be more creative and more innovative than I would probably come up with given more time and less restrictions. This way of viewing constraints has driven me from the beginning of this project. I have always wanted to have a clear goal regarding the automation of the piece and number of roosters produced was determined to be a good metric. This constraint drove many decisions on how the piece was designed and produced. As such it is a better piece than a piece that say would produce a rooster from time to time without a goal.
It is exceptionally heartening the conversations and feedback I have gotten from the public while working the piece. The feedback has been very touching (the patience people have shown waiting for the piece, the stories of what people have done with the Roosters after taking them, and in general the interest and support for this type of piece [a piece that part of it is given away free] on the Greenway) and overwhelming positive. I find the troubleshooting incredibly rewarding from a learning perspective though I have other engineering projects that I must attend to (though I would be welcome other opportunities to produce works of art like this) and I want to push and get the machine to work on its own. However, the interaction with the public helps fuel me to do my best and continue to reach for my goal. It is somewhat contradictory then that issues with the machine have lead me to be downtown more than I expected but the interaction with the public has been more rewarding than I expected. I want the machine to work on its own and step away from it, but the interaction with people drives me to stop in and 'check' on it. Thank you to everyone who has stopped by and shared their interest in the piece with me. It is much appreciated.