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By Martijn van Strien
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About this project

Makersleeve is the first sleeve for smart devices that can be made on demand, in a Makerspace anywhere in the world, by anyone. Designed following the belief that no products should be mass produced, but created specifically for each customer in exactly the way they need it.

Makersleeves are custom made to perfectly fit any laptop, tablet or e-reader.
Makersleeves are custom made to perfectly fit any laptop, tablet or e-reader.

Unlike your average laptop sleeve, a Makersleeve is only made after it is sold. Due to it’s clever design, it can be made in a matter of minutes anywhere in the world using nothing but fabric and a laser cutter. The digital design automatically transforms to perfectly fit your device. Each product is super-personal and made on demand at a Makerspace near you. So we don’t produce for a stock that turns into trash after a while, use minimal transport and you can get your Makersleeve super quick.

  

Makersleeve assembly.
Makersleeve assembly.

By using sustainable felt fabrics we’ve created a beautiful and protective sleeve that is better for you, better for your laptop, and better for our world. The clever design allows you to assemble the sleeve yourself, so become a Maker and join the Maker Movement!

Makersleeve Felt Colours
Makersleeve Felt Colours

  

The proces of ordering a Makersleeve.
The proces of ordering a Makersleeve.

  

Over the past year we’ve developed the Makersleeve design from it’s first sketch to an intelligent piece of software. This parametric design automatically shapes the Makersleeve to perfectly fit your digital device. We’ve selected 4 beautiful types of felt fabric to lasercut the sleeves from, two grey tones of recycled acrylic felt, and two classic colours of first class wool felt. We’ve tested the quality by using the sleeves for our team’s laptops, tablets and e-readers for almost a year now, and they are still working like a charm.

Light Grey e-reader and laptop Makersleeves.
Light Grey e-reader and laptop Makersleeves.

For the actual customization software that instantly adapts the Makersleeve design to the specified dimensions, we established a collaboration with Twikit, a young and dynamic Belgian company that has proven itself in the area of digital customization of designs.
For prototyping we turned to our trusted lasercutting partner CRE8, an Amsterdam-based social venture that offers digital production right at the heart of the city.

Our technological partners in developing the Makersleeve software and its production.
Our technological partners in developing the Makersleeve software and its production.

 

Anthracite Felt Makersleeve.
Anthracite Felt Makersleeve.

Our goal is to develop a whole range of products that can be created on-demand, and to establish a global network of Makers that create and use these products. With this campaign we want to start of by finding Makerspaces and Fablabs around the globe, where we can have your sleeve made as closely to you as possible. We prefer sending digital files instead of finished sleeve across the planet, so we want to find production facilities on at least every continent. This means we can produce our products locally, cut down on CO2 emissions from shipping, and get them to you faster.

We also want to continue developing our parametric software, and embed that into our website. This will allow you to easily customise your Makersleeves online, add logo's or your name to the design, and get them made with the simple click of a button. Our stretch goals include developing a Makersleeve for your phone, and Makerbags that fit everyone’s personal requirements. As well as the realisation of pop-up Makershops, shops in which all products that are offered are being made on the spot for it’s customers, an ideal place to get your custom Makersleeve!

How we want to distribute making our sleeves all over the world.
How we want to distribute making our sleeves all over the world.

 

[ All our physical rewards include free shipping! ]
[ At the end of the campaign, we will send out a backer survey so you can choose your colour, size or type of token. ]

€ 5 - Join the movement. You’re awesome, and so are we, so we’ll write you a personal thank you note for supporting our campaign!

€ 15 - Show you're a Maker. A small token to show the world you're part of the Maker Movement. Choose between a felt keychain with your name or the word 'maker' engraved in it, or a felt ring that takes design hints from the makersleeves. All of these rewards are made from the small amount of leftover material we end up with when producing a Makersleeve.

Light Grey / Anthracite Makersleeve.
Light Grey / Anthracite Makersleeve.

€ 35 - Light Grey / Anthracite Makersleeve. A custom Makersleeve in Light Grey or Anthracite acrylic felt for your laptop, tablet or e-reader. You can also order a giftcard, which will allow you to head over to our website at any time after the campaign and input the measurements there.

€ 55 - Ocean Blue / Bordeaux Makersleeve. A custom Makersleeve in Ocean Blue or Bordeaux wool felt for your laptop, tablet or e-reader. You can also order a giftcard, which will allow you to head over to our website at any time after the campaign and input the measurements there.

€ 65 - Create a Maker pack grey. Two custom Makersleeves in Light Grey and/or Anthracite acrylic felt for your laptop, tablet or e-reader. One for you, one for a friend. You can also order a giftcard, which will allow you to head over to our website at any time after the campaign and input the measurements there.

Maker Family grey.
Maker Family grey.

€ 90 - Maker Family grey. Three custom Makersleeves in Light Grey and/or Anthracite acrylic felt for your laptop, tablet or e-reader. Turn your whole family into Makers. You can also order a giftcard, which will allow you to head over to our website at any time after the campaign and input the measurements there.

€ 105 - Create a Maker pack colour. Two custom Makersleeves in Ocean Blue and/or Bordeaux wool felt for your laptop, tablet or e-reader. One for you, one for a friend. You can also order a giftcard, which will allow you to head over to our website at any time after the campaign and input the measurements there.

Create a Maker pack colour.
Create a Maker pack colour.

€ 150 - Maker Family colour. Three custom Makersleeves in Ocean Blue and/or Bordeaux wool felt for your laptop, tablet or e-reader. Turn your whole family into Makers. You can also order a giftcard, which will allow you to head over to our website at any time after the campaign and input the measurements there.

€ 300 - Become an expert Maker. One-day group workshop at the Makersleeve studio, for 4-8 persons. Dive into the maker philosophy and learn how to design for the Maker Community. Learn about the design tools, requirements, and become a lasercutting expert. Inspiring one-day workshop, and of course you head home with a set of personalised Makersleeves for your devices. (max. 3 / person)

Become an expert Maker.
Become an expert Maker.

€ 750 - Become an expert Maker. (one-on-one) One-day personal workshop at the Makersleeve studio. Dive into the maker philosophy and learn how to design for the Maker Community. Learn about the design tools, requirements, and become a lasercutting expert. Inspiring one-day workshop, and of course you head home with a set of personalised Makersleeves for your devices. (max. 3)

€ 2000 - Makersleeve pop-up. Invite us to host a Makersleeve pop-up in your store / studio / makerspace or event. We'll bring our materials and lasercutter to wherever you are and make Makersleeves for your visitors or customers for up to an entire week!

Makersleeve pop-up in a gallery in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
Makersleeve pop-up in a gallery in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

 

My name is Martijn van Strien, and I believe in a world without overproduction. In my designs I use modern technology to develop products that can be made on-demand. Anywhere, by anyone, whenever they are needed.

Me in my studio on a sunny day.
Me in my studio on a sunny day.

The biggest project that I have worked on in the past two years is the Post-Couture Collective, a community based around a new way of producing clothing on lasercutters and 3D printers. By creating garments that can be made all over the planet, we’re creating an opportunity for everyone to combat mass produced fast fashion by creating their own beautiful garments without needing to use a sewing machine. The assembly techniques used in these garments have inspired the development of the Makersleeve.

 

I believe in open source design, and always work together with other designers, researchers and programmers. I aim to create not just products, but also the hardware and sharing structure that is needed to produce them. My view on how products should be made and sold requires a whole new type of shops as well, which is why we’re developing the concept of Makershops. Shops where anything you buy is made right in front of your nose while you wait.

The Makersleeve is a product that fits perfectly in this sustainable philosophy, so by supporting this campaign you can become a Maker too, and join the movement that will put an end to wasteful mass production! 

 

 

Risks and challenges

We are really motivated to find Makerspaces on each continent before starting to produce the rewards connected to this campaign, and to continue Makersleeve creation after it ends. At this point it's hard to promise that we'll be able to find places that can deliver to our standards and expectations within the deadlines we aim for. So to make sure all Makersleeves ship before the end of the year, we have made sure that there is always the option to produce all Makersleeve rewards at our local (Amsterdam) Makerspace, CRE8.

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    Pledge €5 or more About $6

    Join the movement.

    You’re awesome, and so are we, so we’ll write you a personal thank you note for supporting our campaign!

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    Pledge €15 or more About $17

    Show you're a Maker.

    A small token to show the world you're part of the Maker Movement.

    Choose between a felt keychain with your name or the word 'maker' engraved in it, or a felt ring that takes design hints from the makersleeves.

    All of these rewards are made from the small amount of leftover material we end up with when producing a Makersleeve.

    After the campaign, choose: :
    - Maker keychain, name keychain or ring?

    Free shipping!

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    Pledge €35 or more About $39

    Light Grey / Anthracite Makersleeve.

    A custom Makersleeve in Light Grey or Anthracite acrylic felt for your laptop, tablet or e-reader.

    (This Makersleeve will retail for € 40 after the campaign.)

    Name your device type and model, or give us its exact dimensions (WxHxD), so we can make you a perfectly fitting Makersleeve.

    You can also order a giftcard, which will allow you to head over to our website at any time after the campaign and input the measurements there.

    After the campaign, choose: :
    - sleeve or giftcard?
    - desired colour (light grey / anthracite)
    - device type or dimensions

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    Pledge €55 or more About $61

    Ocean Blue / Bordeaux Makersleeve.

    A custom Makersleeve in Ocean Blue or Bordeaux wool felt for your laptop, tablet or e-reader.

    (This Makersleeve will retail for € 60 after the campaign.)

    Name your device type and model, or give us its exact dimensions (WxHxD), so we can make you a perfectly fitting Makersleeve.

    You can also order a giftcard, which will allow you to head over to our website at any time after the campaign and input the measurements there.

    After the campaign, choose: :
    - sleeve or giftcard?
    - desired colour (ocean blue / bordeaux)
    - device type or dimensions

    Includes:
    • Ocean Blue / Bordeaux Makersleeve
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    Pledge €65 or more About $72

    Create a Maker pack grey.

    Two custom Makersleeves in Light Grey and/or Anthracite acrylic felt for your laptop, tablet or e-reader. One for you, one for a friend.

    (These Makersleeves will retail for € 40 after the campaign.)

    Name your device type and model, or give us its exact dimensions (WxHxD), so we can make you a perfectly fitting Makersleeve.

    You can also order a giftcard, which will allow you to head over to our website at any time after the campaign and input the measurements there.

    After the campaign, choose: :
    - sleeve and/or giftcard?
    - desired colours (light grey / anthracite)
    - device types or dimensions

    Free shipping!

    Includes:
    • Light Grey / Anthracite Makersleeve
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    Pledge €90 or more About $100

    Maker Family grey.

    Three custom Makersleeves in Light Grey and/or Anthracite acrylic felt for your laptop, tablet or e-reader. Turn your whole family into Makers.

    (These Makersleeves will retail for € 40 after the campaign.)

    Name your device type and model, or give us its exact dimensions (WxHxD), so we can make you a perfectly fitting Makersleeve.

    You can also order a giftcard, which will allow you to head over to our website at any time after the campaign and input the measurements there.

    After the campaign, choose: :
    - sleeve and/or giftcard?
    - desired colours (light grey / anthracite)
    - device types or dimensions

    Free shipping!

    Includes:
    • Light Grey / Anthracite Makersleeve
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    Pledge €105 or more About $117

    Create a Maker pack colour.

    Two custom Makersleeves in Ocean Blue and/or Bordeaux wool felt for your laptop, tablet or e-reader. One for you, one for a friend.

    (These Makersleeves will retail for € 60 after the campaign.)

    Name your device type and model, or give us its exact dimensions (WxHxD), so we can make you a perfectly fitting Makersleeve.

    You can also order a giftcard, which will allow you to head over to our website at any time after the campaign and input the measurements there.

    After the campaign, choose: :
    - sleeve and/or giftcard?
    - desired colours (ocean blue / bordeaux)
    - device types or dimensions

    Free shipping!

    Includes:
    • Ocean Blue / Bordeaux Makersleeve
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    Pledge €150 or more About $167

    Maker Family colour.

    Three custom Makersleeves in Ocean Blue and/or Bordeaux wool felt for your laptop, tablet or e-reader. Turn your whole family into Makers.

    (These Makersleeves will retail for € 60 after the campaign.)

    Name your device type and model, or give us its exact dimensions (WxHxD), so we can make you a perfectly fitting Makersleeve.

    You can also order a giftcard, which will allow you to head over to our website at any time after the campaign and input the measurements there.

    After the campaign, choose:
    - sleeve and/or giftcard?
    - desired colours (ocean blue / bordeaux)
    - device types or dimensions

    Free shipping!

    Includes:
    • Ocean Blue / Bordeaux Makersleeve
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    Pledge €300 or more About $334

    Become an expert Maker.

    One-day group workshop at the Makersleeve studio, for 4-8 persons.

    Dive into the maker philosophy and learn how to design for the Maker Community.
    Learn about the design tools, requirements, and become a lasercutting expert.

    Inspiring one-day workshop, and of course you head home with a set of personalised Makersleeves for your devices.
    (max. 3 / person)

    Excl. transport to/from our studio Antwerp or Rotterdam.

    Includes:
    • One person participation in group Maker-workshop
    • Maker Family pack of your choice
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    Pledge €750 or more About $835

    Become an expert Maker. (one-on-one)

    One-day personal workshop at the Makersleeve studio.

    Dive into the maker philosophy and learn how to design for the Maker Community.
    Learn about the design tools, requirements, and become a lasercutting expert.

    Inspiring one-day workshop, and of course you head home with a set of personalised Makersleeves for your devices.
    (max. 3)

    Excl. transport to/from our studio Antwerp or Rotterdam.

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    Pledge €2,000 or more About $2,226

    Makersleeve pop-up.

    Invite us to host a Makersleeve pop-up in your store / studio / makerspace or event.

    We'll bring our materials and lasercutter to wherever you are and make Makersleeves for your visitors or customers for up to an entire week!

    Excl. transport of the team + equipment to/from wherever you are, this will have to be covered as well.
    Makersleeves will be sold at regular retail value.

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