How much risk do I take when my learning curve is already high?

Spoke to a friend about my idea of creating a recycled plastic manufacturing capability here in Canberra. He suggested that I look at leasing machines rather than buying them. I had already looked at used machines, but not leasing yet as prices aren’t readily available on websites.

There’s so much I don’t know about this industry. I think the learning curve is too high and risky to try to do manufacturing myself at this stage. It would be smarter to design something and outsource the manufacturing to someone else. I can always reevaluate building this capability later when I know more.