While presenting electronics and robotics workshops as part of the quickening L.A. maker movement, I was frustrated by the lack of platforms for prototyping and creating circuits in a workshop or classroom setting.
Logisitcs often disallow soldering, and breadboards are confusing and expensive for large groups of people. And while the face of circuit building is changing with innovations like Circuit Scribe and Circuit Stickers, there still isn't a method to connect electronic components easily, quickly, and securely.
After an exhaustive search of conductive epoxies and adhesives I decided that what I needed didn't really exist yet. So I started messing around with mineral oil and graphite lubricant and Conductak was born!
I have a proof of concept, but my composition is far from complete. Up until now I've made do with improvised tools and equipment and have only used samples from chemical suppliers. That can only get me so far though, and my freebies are running thin.
I also see a Kickstarter project as an opportunity to get feedback on Conductak, like what cool things you could make with it!
So for this campaign, 5% of the funds go to Kickstarter, an additional 5% or so go to Amazon. Of the remainder, about half covers things like a scientific scale, new multimeter, and chemicals which often have a large minimum order. The other half would go into soft costs such as shipping and packaging, trademark, registering an LLC, and other legal fees to get the ball rolling on a final product in the future.
You become a part of the R&D process by pledging certain amounts. Once they're tested, various experimental compositions will be shipped out as rewards with components akin to a kit. Conductak needs proper funding and feedback to improve. You can help fill a gap in the new circuit revolution by contributing. Thanks for reading!
Risks and challenges
Let's break them down:
First and foremost, this is my first Kickstarter project. However, I've had extensive experience in organizing and presenting electronics/robotics workshops to hundreds of Angelenos in the past year. I'm anticipating that a project of this scope should be about as logistically challenging as designing curriculum and hardware and presenting to large groups of people. I've also made sure the campaign is reasonably small, with the number of rewards backers limited to about 100. If the campaign is successful, I am confident that I can ship rewards to up to 100 unique addresses on time.
The compositions I've created so far have been promising, but they aren't yet commercially viable, at least by my own standards. I have experience working in a nanofabrication lab, specifically fabricating Titanium Oxide nanotubes and memristors, so skillset is not an issue. The project funds will allow me to purchase enough raw materials to continue work on Conductak, but there is no guarantee that I will be able to produce the 'perfect' composition. I'm excited for the opportunity to give it a shot!
I think Conductak is a pretty neat idea, and I've seen a need for it in the world of Making and education. However, I haven't had a chance to get a lot of feedback yet. This Kickstarter will be the first market survey of makers, artists, and engineers to determine demand for Conductak. Tell me what you'd make with it!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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