Now that the Ben Heck Show is over, I wanted to voice my opinion directly to you. I had repeatedly posted this on his YouTube page, but was always ignored or blown off totally. Thus I unsubscribed to his show and stopped leaving any feedback whatsoever to his videos.
As funny as it sounds, many of his viewers (myself included), had a strong desire to build copies of his projects. Part of the appeal is that he gives the viewer a basic road map to follow.
However, he stops way short of providing any real information a viewer could use to reproduce his projects. His show would have had a way larger following if he just released the eagle files for the circuits he came up with. Providing the Fusion and laser CNC files would have allowed a user to reproduce the cases, and sharing the code would allow the viewer to actually use the project when they finished building it. Sure a few projects at the end had some information posted here, but at that point it was way to little, way too late! At that point, for the most part, I was no longer even watching his videos at all -- I didn't want to even give him view counts. I was hoping his show would fail and another maker would be brought in to take his place.
I hope you take note here: If I was in your shoes, I would require any future maker you support to post these files, as well as a Bill Of Materials for any project they do on their show.
You are in the business of selling parts, tools, and equipment. If they list a BOM, and can find the tools and equipment listed for each project with a link to your site, where do you think a large number of viewers would get their parts, tools and equipment?
It's such a simple idea, but nothing that Ben Heck ever wanted to hear. And now I'm glad to see him go. He had good ideas (mostly), and if you skipped past what he thought were the "funny" parts, some of his projects were really cool. Hopefully you can find another maker to support on YouTube. I truly hope you require them to post the full information to reproduce the projects they are building.
When you find someone, and if they share their knowledge so others can build the same thing along at home, I'll not only be a subscribing viewer who gives thumbs up, I'll also become a element14 customer!\
PS - There are a ton of qualified makers out there. Why not run a contest to find another maker to take Ben's place? Someone who would be a good partner to element14. Someone who would make a BOM, Eagle Cad schematics and board layouts, and the 3D printer and CNC files for viewers to play along at home? Have a roughly 2 - 3 month contest with say $2000 divided up into 10 prizes - could even be element14 product as the prizes. Give the grand winner a sponsorship deal as long as they follow the guidelines of providing the viewer the means to reproduce their projects at home. I'm sure you would get a bunch of worthy material, and perhaps might even be able to make some revenue from the project.
(edited to correct grammar and spelling errors)