A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Risks and challenges
When assessing the risks and challenges in getting this high quality product delivered on time to our customers we believe it is all about working with the only the best and most reputable manufacturers. It is also very important to have a full and accurate understanding of their quantity capabilities.
One of the biggest challenges facing any Kickstarter campaign is the "unknown number" in regard to how many units we may be faced with needing to fulfill. To get around this issue we have established with our manufacturer a thorough understanding of manufacturing capacity and will be dividing our backers up into 'runs'. So for example the first 2000 buyers will fit into the first run and will confidently be able to follow the timeline 1 of 90 days
Those who follow will be included in the second run and will be able to expect their Elecode in 150days. If we have a really successful campaign then subsequent runs will follow.
Another challenge is quality control of the product as it comes off the run. As part of our quality control we ensure only using the best manufacturers available who are all subject to the requirements and inspections needed to qualify for CE (European certification) which Elecode has. We also offer an extensive warranty which includes 1 years electronic and 10 years mechanical.
Another challenge that we are well aware of it's importance is shipping and freight. We have had quite a lot of experience in the complexities of shipping following on from years of manufacturing and selling Fantom doorstop around the world including online sales, distributor sales and also flash sales.
For this campaign we have decided to partner up with Easyship who specialise in fulfilling Kickstarter campaigns. We are using their shipping plugin which accurately shows the backer how much they can expect to be paying to receive their reward. We have also forewarned our backers about the likelihood of their own countries duties and taxes which they may be subject to when their goods arrive. We have also included an estimate for each country in our FAQ's to help.
We have run a successful Kickstarter campaign in the past for another product called Shader so we are very confident that we are aware of all the risks and challenges involved and are certain that we have considered them all and are ready to bring the Fantom Elecode to you.
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