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Two is one; one is none

When I only have one precious prototype of my idea, I find myself very protective of it. ​ I avoid doing anything risky that might break it. ​ I have learned that building extra samples is usually a good idea. ​ I like to say if I need one I build two... if I need two, I buy three or four. Rarely a time when I regret buying the extra part.

​ Something's going to break, or you're going to strip out the threads, or you're going to paint one of them wrong, or you're going to want an extra one unexpectedly for a marketing photo. ​ It's hard to go back in time and order spare parts to keep your schedule moving forward. ​ So a little extra materials cost every time you buy parts or a little extra printing time to add a few spares onto your build sheet is time and material well spent. ​ A pair and a spare.

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