Last chance for new Siege Toys Kickstarter
Hi Trebuchette backers,
We've been busy over here making new siege engines, as well as some more original Trebuchettes, and some Skallops to boot. We're less than 24 hours a... Read more
At Long Last: New Siege Engines!
It's been a little more than two years since the Trebuchette launched on Kickstarter, and a whole lot of things have changed! We've grown a lot, and turned... Read more
60 Hours Left for the Skallops, and a Video!
In case any of you were on the fence about our second product, Skallops, you should make up your mind soon, because there's only 60 hours left in the Kickstarter... Read more
Merry Christmas! (and almost the last project update)
Merry Christmas, everyone!
First, some notes:
- If you've got a metal-frame or Persiantrebuchet - Some of these kits made it out without the printed instructions inside their boxes. My... Read more
A note about your Trebuchette -- oh, and we're almost done
We've been awfully busy over here, and I have a lot of things to share with you. Like, for example, we've shipped more than 75% of the regular... Read more
Down to the wire!
All three of us here are working hard to get everything done, and we passed an important milestone over the weekend:all the pieces for the regular edition Trebuchettes have... Read more
More Trebuchettes hitting the mail today!
Dear the internet,
Just doing our part to keep the USPS in business.
A Day in the Life of E&M Labs
It's me, Marshall, siege toy cadet first-class. For my first kickstarter update, I thought I'd run you through how I spent today, December 3rd. If you don't have... Read more
We're thankful for all of you!
It's (American) Thanksgiving, and we're taking a few minutes over here at the E&M Labs shop to think about what we're thankful for. First and foremost, we're thankful... Read more
Production laser is back up!
Great news, guys! We've just gotten word that the repairs on the production laser from the fire have been completed. They'll be running again on our stuff, first thing on... Read more
We're Shipping! And Collector's Editions!
Hey everyone! Sorry for the delay over here. I have a ton of news, and we wanted to get it all ready together so that we didn't leave any questions... Read more
The Trebuchette - The Firing Pin (and firing!)
We've dropped off all the first batch of trebuchet parts to the packing shop as planned. They're pretty excited to get started, and we're excited to get the... Read more
The Trebuchette - The Sling and Strings
I know you're all a little disappointed to hear it'll be a few more days before the Trebuchettes start shipping, but to make it up, I've got two... Read more
It's the 23rd, and it's going to take just a couple more days
Just a quick update today. Evan and I got out of our meeting yesterday with the packaging company we're working with to find that there had been a... Read more
The Trebuchette - Arm, Axles, and Basket
We're almost done with this video assembly. Now Mike puts the arm, basket, and frame together with the two axles, which completes the structure of the trebuchet. The... Read more
The Trebuchette - Counterweight Basket
I hope you all had a great weekend out there. I've been busy over here, finalizing the instruction sheets that we'll be including in every kit, as well... Read more
The Trebuchette - Baseplate and Extension
New video time again: now we see the structure of the frame start to take shape, and how the outside stabilizers connect with the baseplate. The HD video is... Read more
The Trebuchette - Dovetails and Kerf
Probably the single biggest change we made to the design in this last iteration was to replace the dovetails on the side and bottom of the frame with... Read more
The Trebuchette - About those snap-together joints...
Hi all --
Here's the next video. where Mike will show you the design we settled on for the snap together joints. We're really happy with these, and especially in... Read more
Trebuchette - A Video Introduction
Hi all -- Evan here!
As promised, I'll be posting these videos of the Trebuchette, giving you a tour of our latest design and how to assemble the pieces. I... Read more
Production began yesterday!!!
The last two weeks have been really, *really* busy, but I'll cut to the chase.
What you're looking at is a photo of the first production trebuchette kit, assembled and... Read more
Weights and axles delivered!
Just a quick, tide-you-over update today. I'm actually in the middle of a few days in Los Angeles right now, where I'm organizing an alumni reunion and science conference at... Read more
Busy days for busy people...
Hey everyone! I've finally gotten away from all the work around here for long enough to get another update written up. It's been really busy around here, so there's lots... Read more
What do 8,000 bouncy balls look like?
A couple days ago we took delivery of a shipment of 8,000 bouncy balls. To give you an idea of what that means, the delivery took three cardboard boxes, each... Read more
Of bouncy balls, steel weights, and the start of the production process
Not french fries. Not a soda. Not even ketchup or mustard packets, but glitter tubes and stretchy, sticky, colored hands. That's what the customer service rep at Oriental Trading Company... Read more
Trebuchet Production: Sanding, Lasers, and Packaging
Hi all! Evan here, with some news about what we've been doing.
We've been busy getting the first production run moving through our pipeline of suppliers. The most complex part... Read more
Full Production Prototypes - Step 1
Well, we wanted to wait until Monday for this, but given the interest, I guess there's no harm in spoiling the surprise a day early.
This week, we'll be making... Read more
Our booth at Maker Faire
Second up tonight, I wanted to share some photos from Maker Faire Bay Area. We had a booth there, and we met a huge number of people, and got a... Read more
First, our apologies for the long time since the last update. We know you want to hear what we're up to! We're going to post smaller, more frequent... Read more
Maker Faire & a few design improvements!
I've just got a couple of quick updates.
First of all, Evan and I will be at Maker Faire Bay Area (in San Mateo, CA; http://makerfaire.com/ ) this weekend, showing... Read more
The Beginning of a Community!
Just recently, Evan and I got an email from Gabe & Mark of the Blocklets Kickstarter Project, who now hold a place in the history books as the first folks... Read more
All right. Wow. Where do we go from here?
First of all, know that Evan and I will be cross posting all further project updates until we get all... Read more
18 Hours Left!!!
You know, for a while Evan and I thought that the last few days were really something. We were seeing about $10k worth of new backers each day, for days... Read more
36 hours to go!
Here's the latest breakdowns:
Trebuchets for schools: ~260
Trebuchets for you guys: ~ 1,900
You guys have been absolutely amazing through this whole project. Now that we've passed our goal,... Read more
OMG WE MADE IT
Seriously, you guys are INCREDIBLE!
As of right now, we've hit $49,092 of total pledges. That represents approximately 1,474 trebuchets, 171 of which will be going to schools!
The last... Read more
We've just released our design files!
In honor of reaching the 50% mark on Kickstarter, Evan and I decided to do something special. In honor of reaching the 50% mark, we’ve decided to immediately release our... Read more
Report from NASA Ames Education Day
Evan and I were in attendance at the Education Day, in honor of Yuri’s Night 2011, at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA last Friday, and of... Read more
Trebuchets for Students!
Since Evan and I started this project a few weeks ago, we've been hearing from almost everyone we talk to that our trebuchets would make for a great high school... Read more
Unveiling the new main arm design!
Today is a momentous day in the life of the Trebuchette. Today is the day when we unveil the new main arm design. We call it the Explorer Arm.
Now,... Read more
(tiny) Flaming Balls of Doom
First, a DISCLAIMER - Evan and I are trained scientists, and very familiar with fire. Do not try any of this on your own. Do not evertry any of... Read more
Hey everyone! I've had a few people ask me about what they should do if they want units of trebuchets in different numbers (say, 5) than what we have available... Read more
Our Funding Goal, or "Why do you need $48k to make a bunch of trebuchets, anyway?"
Hey guys! I’d like to address a question we’ve seen a few times now about our project. Namely, why we’re trying to raise $48k for trebuchets. The short of it... Read more