Sure glad that "the internet" was an unknown term when I started my shop.
Words of caution always seem to come accrost as negativity here.
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I'm not trying to be a "negative Nancy" over here, I just don't see how this particular situation works without the customer becoming the mentor that this gentleman is searching for; at least in part.
I find no enjoyment in shitting on the ambitions of others. Nowhere in my post did I mention the word failure or claim that his dream could not be accomplished - other than becoming operational in 30 days on his own, without direct help.
I support every effort for someone to go out on their own; even the guys who post "I want to learn how to do machining and start a business" type of threads. We are only on this earth for a short time; taking risks and failing is still far better than a life of mundane, monotonous safety.
@CTFL It would be a good idea to amend your plan to provide for 90 days without positive cash flow of any kind.
It would not necessarily need to be an amendment to your budget; if you can set up access to a $40k line of credit as a SHTF contingency fund, that should suffice. Credit cards would even work fine given the situation.
Next, I would ensure that you have everything else in the budget already. Do not assume that vendors will extend net 30 to a new business for material and other things. Alternatively, the customer could provide material for the first p.o.
If the customer were able to provide programming support and any job specific fixturing that they already have, it would take a huge load off of your very full plate. This would also give you time to learn NX while still paying the bills.
You may or may not have to get the shop inspected by the county after it is set up. At the very least, it wouldn't hurt to plan for a visit from the Fire Marshall. I would consult the local chamber of commerce and go from there.
The MTB should provide a tech to do the machine setup, it isn't always the same week as delivery though. There are quite a few "new machine day" threads on the forum. You could read through them to get an idea of the experience others have had. You could also start a new thread titled; "What was your experience getting a new machine installed and operational?" to get more insight for things that haven't been considered yet.
Once your money printer is set up and operational, things should smooth out. I hope you haven't found my input to be too discouraging and I truly hope for your success.