|Adventures of an EVE Online Newb||
So I downloaded this neat Android app, EVE Industry Calculator, that calculates whether or not it is profitable to manufacture an item from a blueprint. I found that the Ogre 1 drone can be sold for more than the cost of the minerals used to manufacture it. Unfortunately, this requires a certain level of skills. The better your production efficiency and industry skill levels, the more your profit is. I have level 4 production efficiency and level 4 industry which gives me a decent profit. When I get to level 5 production efficiency, my profit will have increased a LOT because the cost of production will be greatly reduced.
To further lower the costs of production, I did some mining for a few hours. Boring but it does help a bit. If you're going to do this, train up your mining and refining skills. If you're mining veldspar (which has the most amount of tritanium I think...) then you'll want to train up the veldspar processing skill.
The only trouble with manufacturing and selling items is that it'll take a while to sell them off. Some drones aren't bought that frequently or in high enough volume to be worthwhile to sell. I suggest checking out the volume that items are sold by using the Price History in the Market window. The blueprint cost a bit too so now I'm stuck manufacturing a lot of the drones and selling them just to make up the cost of the blueprint.