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ixfd64:
As thermal imaging is a pretty hot (no pun intended) topic these days, I've been wondering: are there any good ways for non-professional users of thermal cameras to make money from them?

For professional users, the equipment would quickly pay for itself. But moonlighting as a home inspector isn't really an option for people who aren't in the industry as the training fees would incur a considerable cost unless one commits to doing thermography-related work full-time. The only thing I could come up is to rent out cameras (for local pick-up) as thermal imaging is in high demand nowadays. Anyone know of any other methods?

sunnyhighway:
I've heard some rumours that it's fairly easy to generate a nice income by pretending you can build a thermal imaging camera for the masses  >:D

AndyC_772:
Perhaps you could try and crowd-fund a way of converting an inexpensive thermal imaging camera into a makeshift mobile telephone?

eurofox:

--- Quote from: ixfd64 on July 19, 2014, 07:39:08 am ---As thermal imaging is a pretty hot (no pun intended) topic these days, I've been wondering: are there any good ways for non-professional users of thermal cameras to make money from them?

For professional users, the equipment would quickly pay for itself. But moonlighting as a home inspector isn't really an option for people who aren't in the industry as the training fees would incur a considerable cost unless one commits to doing thermography-related work full-time. The only thing I could come up is to rent out cameras (for local pickup) as thermal imaging is in high demand nowadays. Anyone know of any other methods?

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With respect to make money with a thermal camera ... forget it as an hobby, it is a professional job and you need interpretation knowledge.

Chanc3:

--- Quote from: eurofox on July 19, 2014, 12:19:58 pm ---
--- Quote from: ixfd64 on July 19, 2014, 07:39:08 am ---As thermal imaging is a pretty hot (no pun intended) topic these days, I've been wondering: are there any good ways for non-professional users of thermal cameras to make money from them?

For professional users, the equipment would quickly pay for itself. But moonlighting as a home inspector isn't really an option for people who aren't in the industry as the training fees would incur a considerable cost unless one commits to doing thermography-related work full-time. The only thing I could come up is to rent out cameras (for local pickup) as thermal imaging is in high demand nowadays. Anyone know of any other methods?

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With respect to make money with a thermal camera ... forget it as an hobby, it is a professional job and you need interpretation knowledge.

--- End quote ---

This really, without formal qualifications it's difficult to generate any money - well in the UK. Cowboys are heavily frowned upon especially if they make wild judgements about what they see in the thermal images. Time and time again we have companies come to us to carry out surveys after someone has caused them to rip out expensive machinery to find no fault! If you're in the UK, check out iRed or PCN thermography training. Not too expensive!

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