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.
Innovative products being produced and decreasing prices for equipment are the hot news about 3D printing. However, the devil is in the details, and if the quality of the plastic filament being used to create a model jams the machine or an unseen flaw causes failure in the product, both time and money have been lost. These are two of the problems that A1 Filament has solved with its innovative proprietary software and production methods.
One advantage of 3D printing is creating complex models with critical internal features—features that cannot be externally examined by quality-control methods. Being guaranteed of consistency in the filament is the only way quality can be assured.
Time lost to clogged printer nozzles is more than an aggravation: the integrity of the model has been lost when the printing stopped. For those in developing a product within deadlines, this can be catastrophic. The dimensional consistency of A1 Filament solves the most common reason printer nozzles jam. Again, 100% guaranteed.
A1 Filament also produces the only bio-compostable filament in the world. Plastics overflow our landfills and create aquatic havoc and so our commitment to the planet is just as important to us as creating a manufacturing method that doesn’t cause pollution or a carbon footprint. We also are involved in revolutionizing hydroponic gardening and so this is personal for us.
Bio-compostable means that whatever is made from our Bio+ filament can be mixed with organic material where it completely breaks down. However, it remains stable until composted, which solves several issues for hydroponics, agriculture, the food industry, and others creating disposable products.
It’s simple: we're literally going to make the best PLA and ABS filaments --and the only bio-compostable filament--available. This can be measured by any metric you choose:
• quality of product
• saving of time and your money
• 0 carbon footprint or any other pollution created in production
• guarantee against defects with full replacement
Yet we are not stopping there and are already engaging in research for the next stages in the evolution of our products in conjunction with the industry.
We also have no secrets - what follows is a brief budget showing how we will use KICKSTARTER funds:
raised - KICKSTARTER $465,000
commission - KICKSTARTER $ 45,000
transport & installation $ 28,000
raw materials $ 30,000
re-modelling of office & factory $ 35,000
salaries of weekly staff (6) $ 14,000*
provision for taxes $ 3,000
miscellaneous $ 10,000**
T $465,000 $0.000
*includes government subsidies for 3 months
** includes advertising
PLEASE NOTE - if our campaign is oversubscribed, we will invest the money in more production capacity.
All the technology (production & software) that we have developed over the past 6 years is worth over US$1.5 million - we are assigning that to the corporation, which translates to an investment of over $3 for every KICKSTARTER dollar raised. WE BELIEVE IN THIS!
Risks and challenges
The challenges posed by innovative technology always disrupts the status quo of affected industries. However, many innovators have no practical management experience and no focus beyond their product. The new technology is introduced without thought about implementation and improvement. This was true for 3M photocopiers and Nokia mobile phones (among others), and so it now is for plastic filaments used for 3D printing.
Why do the filaments that are now for sale have defects? Why do they have unacceptably large project-jamming deviations from the acceptable mean diameters? The answer is simple: the firms now producing filament have not felt the compelling need to improve. Yes, they were innovators, but their concerns were not about the aggravation and expense experienced by customers who have delved into this new production method. The difference between A1 Filament and current filament suppliers? We care.
Our commitment is to production of a top-quality product—the best in the world. It's backed by an iron-clad 100% guarantee against defects with full replacement, INCLUDING transport. No one in the industry offers this. We are also committed to the planet and so are doing this with 0% CARBON OR ANY OTHER POLLUTION FOOTPRINT, in the air and water!! No one in the industry offers this either. And we are doing this all AT THE SAME PRICES as prevailing in the industry today.
HOW CAN WE DO ALL THAT? It's called problem solving: we analyzed what causes most of those jams in printer nozzles and then determined how those defects could be eliminated. The devil is in the details and while it sounds easy it took 6 years of serious and heavy-duty investment in time and money to solve it.
WHY ARE WE DOING THIS? We believe in the industry and future of 3D printing. We also believe that people won’t tolerate 'bad' filament for much longer—especially when offered an alternative that is guaranteed. We believe that our unrelenting and ongoing commitment to find and produce the best plastic filaments available will meet with the most important approval of all - YOURS!
6 rolls of our 1 kg filament in your choice(s) of our standard colors PLUS YOUR CHOICE of a set of 4 of our special edition coffee mugs (MSRP $31.95) or set of 4 special edition espresso cups (MSRP $30.95) - OVER $300 value (not even counting the free delivery savings!)
You will receive 12 rolls of our 1 kg filament in your choice(s) of our standard colors AND ALSO YOUR CHOICE of the special wood-capped USB set in its custom wood presentation case (MSRP $89.95) OR a limited edition headset (MSRP $99.95) - TOTAL (not even counting the free delivery savings!) VALUE of $630
18 rolls of our 1 kg filaments in your choice(s) of our standard colors AND a super headset (MSRP $124.95) or a limited edition desk lamp (MSRP $139.95) OR 6 of our special edition coffee mugs accompanied by 4 of our special edition espresso cups. Not even counting the savings of the free delivery, this is a value of at least $905!!
You will receive 24 rolls of our 1 kg filament in your choice(s) of our standard colors PLUS PLUS a special headset (MSRP $144.95) OR a limited edition unbelievable umbrella (MSRP $149.95) OR the limited edition desk lamp and 4 of our special edition coffee mugs. Without even counting the savings from the free delivery, YOU WILL RECEIVE A VALUE OF $1225 MINIMUM!!