It has been a while since our last update and although we have been answering multitudes of emails about kit deliveries, here is the official update.
We realised soon after... Read more
Kit Delivery Update
The kit preparation process has proven far more onerous than we had originally expected when first starting this project. Apart from the quality control aspects required, we are also pre-assembling... Read more
Some updates on how things are tracking...
We are about to complete October pledges within a week and jump immediately into November & December.
Please note that we... Read more
Locking down November and December pledges
As we finish up on the October pledges, we will be locking down the November & December pledges on the 20th February 2015.
These are scheduled to ship during the... Read more
3D Print Fail of the Week
This may not be as spectacular as our previous print fail, but it's more intriguing...
Yes, that is a solid mass around the print head that just kept getting bigger... Read more
'Backer Award' and 'DeLorean Papercraft' Backers ALERT!
If you have pledged against the 'Backer Award' or the 'DeLorean Papercraft' kit, please make sure your BackerKit questions have been answered and your address details entered.
We are preparing... Read more
We have been steadily working through the October pledges and to date have shipped just over half. The remainder are very close to be shipping and just awaiting a batch... Read more
Throughout our kickstarter campaign we have been very vigilant about not cross promoting other kickstarter projects via our backers.
There are however two projects that we feel differently about. Both... Read more
All in the details...
We have had quite a few requests for customer contact phone numbers by our shipping courier, TNT.
This usually happens when there is a question about your delivery... Read more
Happy New Year!
The past six months has flown by and before we knew it, 2015 is here.
We are very happy with the overall reception of the LazerBlade (aka Emblaser) amongst the... Read more
Locking down October Pledges
We will be locking down the October BackerKit pledges on the 28th December 2014.
What does this mean?
Locking-Down means you will no longer be able to make changes... Read more
One of our backers made a great suggestion to help people who had promised kits as christmas gifts and may not have them in time.
We created a gift voucher... Read more
The Turtle wins the race...
As much as we know everyone is eager to get their kits before Christmas, we have been shipping kits out at a much slower pace than planned.
Now before you... Read more
Production and Shipping Update
Here is an explanation of the production and shipping process we have in place.
What we are doing to getting your kits ready for shipping:
- All parts are counted and... Read more
3D Print Fail of the Week
Make all your parts on a 3d printer, they said...
What could go wrong, they said...
Web updates in progress
We are updating our hosting provider at the moment. There may be some difficulties getting onto our website for a bit, but they will be resolved quickly.
As... Read more
International Insurance Cost Amendment
We have just heard back from TNT Couriers that the international insurance rate we were using was incorrect.
The actual cost of International Insurance is $15 AUS.
If you have... Read more
International Insurance Change
By changing to TNT Couriers for all international shipments, tracking details will be provided as standard.
Unfortunately the cost of insurance has increased to $55AUS (approx $48USD)
If you have... Read more
Locking Down September Pledges
We will be locking down the September BackerKit pledges on the 28th November 2014.
What does this mean?
Locking-Down means you will no longer be able to make changes to... Read more
Something to tinker with...
To keep you busy while we start delivering kits, here are the trial versions of the software that will ship with your Kickstarter pledges. You will receive your serial numbers... Read more
To say things have been hectic at Darkly Labs over the past few weeks is an understatement. You may have noticed a reduction in the speed of our replies. This... Read more
We have been quiet lately because quite a bit has been happening behind the scenes.
Firstly, we are very happy to announce that we have re-negotiated our shipping provider... Read more
Light at the end of the tunnel...
Everything is moving along smoothly, and with a few more aspects falling into place without any hiccups, we hope start shipping the first batch of kits in the first week... Read more
What is in the kit...
The A4 and A3 kits will ship with everything you will need to get going and will include the following:
- All kit mechanical and electrical components (motors,... Read more
We will be sending an email with a special link to BackerKit surveys in the next few days. It is important that when you receive the survey, you get it... Read more
The Lens Conundrum
As part of our development we have been testing different laser focus lenses. We have recently identified a 'Three Element Glass' lens which performs better overall than the 'G2' lens... Read more
Back to the BackerKit
We had to slightly delay finishing up our Backer Kit site to focus on the PCB revisions, but we are back onto it now.
If you are not familiar with... Read more
It's not that we enjoy torturing our laser diodes, but we continue laser longevity testing while everything else is going on.
Our goal is to determine how the laser diodes and... Read more
A fist full of PCBs
Our revision 2 prototype PCB have just arrived and we are assembling them as I type.
We should be into testing by tomorrow and will post our findings after a... Read more
Electronics. The good and the bad...
We have been testing our latest electronics boards over the last two weeks and they have been working very well with respect to their functioning and reliability. Our overall approach... Read more
This week we took delivery of our pre-production prototype electronics board and are very happy to say that it is proving itself well.
There were many significant changes we made... Read more
'NameIt' Contest Winners
We have finally selected the two winners of the 'NameIt' contest.
This was not easy as there were hundreds of excellent names suggested, making it very difficult to decide upon... Read more
The 'Name It' contest ends...
Thank you to every one who submitted name suggestions. The response has been fantastic and we will be working through them over the next few days.
Stay tuned for the... Read more
A brief update to summarise recent developments.
Production quantity orders placed
Our first batch of orders for production quantities have been placed with our approved suppliers. In fact, some parts... Read more
What's in a name?
We are currently working through various trademark and registration processes necessary for distributing the LazerBlade around the world. As a result, we would like to come up with some alternative... Read more
Linux and the LazerBlade...
A very kind user, Gert Menke, has provided the following information about using the LazerBlade in a Linux environment.
Here are some of his comments:
"I just downloaded UGS (Ultimate... Read more
It's been a while since our last update and we will do our best to post one at least every week from now on.
Over the past 3 weeks we... Read more
LazerBlades are GO!
Kickstarter Success...Thank You Backers
A HUGE thanks to all of our backers and supporters. You have truly amazed us with your enthusiasm and commitment to the success of this project.... Read more
A special 'Thank You' to our software and 3d printer suppliers
With only a few days left on the campaign, we wanted to send out a very special thank-you to three companies who have believed in the LazerBlade project and devoted... Read more
One week to go!
The last stretch goal just flew by in the blink of an eye. Well done everyone. You have all helped take this project to a level we had only ever dreamed... Read more
New Stretch Goal
We are quickly approaching the final week of the LazerBlade campaign and have been overwhelmed by the positive response the project has generated. Behind the scenes we have continued to... Read more
9mm 445nm Laser Diode Tests
Over the last few weeks we received many requests to test various materials with the 9mm 445 diode. We have endevoured to test as many materials as we could.
Overall... Read more
Update #4: Kerf results
We have been asked number of times about the LazerBlade accuracy and how wide the 'kerf' or cut line is. Here are some recent tests we performed.
'Kerf'... Read more
Update #3 Material Tests with 2 watt & 3 watt laser
Before we get onto the update, let me just send out (another) big thank you from all the Darkly Labs team for reaching the second stretch goal. And, boy oh... Read more
First stretch goal is behind us...
We have met our very first stretch goal. Yay!
That means every LazerBlade ships with a high quality G2 Glass lens. This replaces the... Read more
Off to a fantastic start!
We are off to a fantastic start to the LazerBlade campaign.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us and shared their kind words and encouragements.
We have had some... Read more