VISIT THE BETA VERSION OF OUR VIRTUAL 3D SABER BUILDER HERE: http://otsbuilder.site44.com/ (not currently supported on mobile devices). A tutorial video can be found at the end of our campaign description.
You can also try the mobile-friendly, fan-made 2D builder here: http://mtobisch.github.io/otssaberbuilder/
I've been creating custom-designed LED sabers since April 2013. Over the past few years, my customer base has grown to the point where it is time to expand my product line for the customers who do not wish to wait for a 100% custom saber. However, I decided that if we do this, we will do it right. Too often, saber customers are limited by the style of hilts available and once they choose, they are locked in. So 18 months ago, I started developing something new; something different; something revolutionary. Now, it’s a reality. Our goal is to raise the capital to expand our operations, hire personnel, get parts mass produced and set up a larger shop. This will allow us to provide saber enthusiasts, hobbyists, cosplayers, and duelists with an incredibly versatile line of sabers. I’m proud and excited to present the HHCLS OTS Saber.
The OTS line of sabers is based on a patent pending independent chassis, which houses all of the electronics. The independent chassis allows you to utilize as many different OTS hilt pieces as you like to change the look of your saber on the fly. Using just the 40 currently available hilt and trim pieces, you can create over 800,000 different set-ups for your single saber and close to 3,000,000 possibilities for your double-bladed saber; that doesn’t even include utilizing the coupler pieces to make extended hilts or doing your own customization.
Since your hilt pieces aren’t tied to the electronics, you are free to use many different customization techniques like baked-on enamel, powder-coating, etching, leather-work, rubberizing, and more without fear of damaging your saber. I have created and posted tutorial videos on my YouTube channel that will allow you to truly create your own unique saber…as it should be.
Many of our Rewards Tiers include our Patent Pending Firaxan string blades. We have put years of research and development into creating a blade that is known for its brightness, consistency, and strength, as demonstrated here by our Blade Master, Chase:
Sabers with electronics come with a 3.7v Lithium Ion battery, an on-chassis recharge port, and a wall charger.
So, how does the OTS line of sabers work? It’s really quite simple, once you unlearn what you have learned. We will work from the inside out to create your masterpiece. First, choose one of the six available chassis levels.
NOTE: Chassis levels 4.1 and 6.1 (not shown) do NOT include Firaxan blades, but do come with the blade connectors for future blade purchase.
ALL OTS Chassis will fit the OTS-specific in-hilt LED modules from The Custom Saber Shop.
Next, use your chassis decision to find the best Reward Tier(s) to suit your needs. You can select a single set of pieces to make one hilt with the option to add on pieces or you can choose one of our special Kickstarter deals that rewards you with ALL of the available hilt pieces!
To help visualize your saber, please check out the beta version of our virtual 3D saber builder: http://otsbuilder.site44.com/
The virtual 3D builder is not currently supported on mobile devices. For a mobile builder, you can check out the fan-made 2-D builder here: http://mtobisch.github.io/otssaberbuilder/
You can also select these add-ons to your pledge. The belt clip mount is an original OTS design that allows you to attach either a Convertec wheel or a D-ring to your hilt without drilling and tapping unsightly holes in your hilt pieces. Additionally, the mount may be placed between any two hilt pieces, allowing you to change the location of your Convertec or D-ring along the hilt or choose to not use it at all if you desire. The mount sandwiches between any two hilt pieces to hold it in place with no screw holes and no tools required.
What wardrobe would be complete with the original HHCLS OTS T-shirt. This cotton tee features an actual OTS assembly drawing right off my drafting table (okay, my computer). It summarizes the heart of the OTS line of sabers with our motto, "It's all about the chassis."
Contributors receiving hilt pieces may opt to have whichever aluminum hilt pieces they choose anodized in either black or red at no extra cost.
Contributors receiving brass trim pieces may opt to have whichever trim pieces they choose plated in either chrome or black chrome at no extra cost.
STRETCH GOAL: $200,000 – Gold and Blue Anodizing
Contributors receiving hilt pieces may opt to have whichever aluminum hilt pieces they choose anodized in either gold or blue at no extra cost.
STRETCH GOAL: $250,000 - Character-based hilt set
In addition to the above stretch goals, we will also make a Nihilus-inspired set of hilt pieces available for you to choose as part of your selected saber package. You will be able to choose the entire new hilt set or mix and match with the base hilt pieces. If your package includes All of the hilt pieces, the new set will be added free of charge.
STRETCH GOAL: $300,000 - Visual Saber Builder
In addition to all of the above stretch goals, we will be able to add a 3D Visual Saber Builder to our website which will allow customers to see the saber they are creating as they are selecting the pieces. Although we will have a virtual saber builder at some level, regardless of the stretch goals, reaching the $300K mark will allow us to provide you with a state-of-the art 3D builder that will include animations, sound, and lighting effects to give you the most accurate and interactive saber-building experience we can offer.
Thank you so much for being a part of the HHCLS family! We invite all contributors to join our "HHCLS Kickstarter Backers" group on Facebook:
Virtual 3D Builder Tutorial
Risks and challenges
As with any business expansion, we face the challenges of hiring new personnel, finding a suitable shop, and getting all of our parts, materials, and tools set up and operational.
We have already secured our manufacturer who provided us with the prototype parts featured in our videos and pictures. We have also begun training new personnel to ensure the OTS line will be made to the highest standards. Finding a location will be a bit trickier, but we have already started looking at a few properties.
The biggest challenge will be getting everything set up and ready to start assembly by the time our first run of parts have been delivered.
Our biggest risk is getting all of this set up and not being able to maintain the revenue to continue sales. In the event future sales aren't as expected, we will downsize to meet the sales we have. We are very confident that this venture will be successful and will continue to update our line of hilt pieces to continue generating sales.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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