Our official launch will be at Dragon*Con 2013, but we need your help to get there. Once the project is funded we will be able to pay the manufacturer produce the next production run of card beams.
If you pledge you are guaranteed to receive what you order as long as the campaign is fully funded.
Clarification: The Facebook Pack is identical to the Beginner Pack: It comes with 21 Caps, 21 Connectors, and a pack of playing cards.
So what are Card Beams? They're the building toy that let you build gravity defying houses of cards with the help of gravity, friction, and two types of beams - the Cap and the Connector.
The idea for Card Beams started by asking a question: Why is it so hard to build a house of cards without glue and pushpins and how can it be made easier? The answer to that question began with a notepad and several sketches of shapes that I thought would make the building of houses of cards more accessible.
With the sketches in hand it was time to go to the Mississippi Polymer Institute to get detailed CAD drawings made and have 3d prototypes printed.
After several iterations the two beam designs shown in the first image were settled on. Next came the patent, which is currently in the patent pending stage thanks to the help of Keaty Patent Firm. Once the patent was pending the hunt for a manufacturer began. Plastic Extrusion Technologies proved to be the best U.S. based extruder and is continuing to prove to be a great choice. The last major hurdle was the box, and for that Custom Packaging Inc was able to step up to the plate to create boxes that will both look great on store shelves and will survive the turmoils of being shipped in the mail.
This leads us to where we are now. This final steps are to provide art for the boxes, a sales tax certificate is being filed with the state so that taxes are properly accounted for, a UPC code registration is being completed, and the website, www.cardbeams.com, is being finished. Instructions for every build on this page as well as several other builds, and rules for a few games, will be available on the website after the Kickstarter project is completed.
Here are a few quick builds that are only possible with Card Beams:
Warning: Contains small parts, please keep out of reach of very young children.
Risks and challenges
We are in the final stages of product development. The product exists, the packaging exists (sans the art, which is being developed), costs have been calculated, and we even have a venue for an official public launch for Card Beams (Dragon*Con 2013). All we need now are backers. No backers means no money which means the ball game changes.
Not one bit. No adhesives or pins are needed. All you do is place your cards between the beams and gravity and friction does the rest. Then when you're ready to build something else you take the structure apart and build anew!
Facebook Pack: We reached 300 Likes on Facebook so we are selling 100 Beginner Packs at $10 per set, 100 Beginner Packs at $15 per set, and 100 Beginner Packs at $20 per set. Get yours while supplies lasts!
Inventor Pack: If you want the freedom to make your own Card Beams this is the pledge for you. You will receive detailed printed CAD drawings of the production beams, the digital CAD files in the 3D printer-friendly format of your choice so you can print your own Card Beams for personal use (not for sell or resell), and the contents of an Ultra Pack pledge.
Investor Pack: If you are awesome enough to pledge the maximum allowable (for us) amount you will receive all of our prototypes, detailed printed CAD drawings of the production beams, the digital CAD files in the 3D printer-friendly format of your choice so you can print your own Card Beams for personal use (not for sell or resell), and the contents of an Ultra Pack pledge.