Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
$279 pledged of $1,500 goal
backers
By Anthony Salvaty
$279 pledged of $1,500 goal
backers

About this project

It all started with an idea

One day I was working on a building for a client, not unlike buildings I have made before.  I was tired and the initial design process was dragging on.  I thought to myself, what if I didn't have to do this?  What if I could mass produce similar buildings without the hassle of measuring and a prolonged design process?

That is when it hit me.

I needed to make a template.  A template that would allow me to quickly and cheaply make buildings to help bolster my store sales.  But I wasn't about to stop there, no.  I was going to share this with my fellow crafters and table top gamers.  So I set to work on a design.

Initial design
Initial design

This design I shared with many of my friends and tabletop crafters.  But it had its issues.  Some things didn't fit well and the holes really hindered total creative control.

Quickly detailed and painted from initial templates
Quickly detailed and painted from initial templates

Suddenly, I was putting more and more hours into a project I thought would end with this set.  I gathered a team of qualified crafters and together we set out to create something greater.

Hours of careful planning and design, I came up with a core set of shapes.  My R&D team went to work testing the shapes for me and giving me invaluable feedback.  Soon I was satisfied with the set.  But I wanted more.  Because I saw before me endless opportunity.  I begun making expansion sets, touching on themes that have vexed crafters everywhere to make it easier on them.

So in this Kickstarter I have made three expansion sets available immediately.  The Inn/Tavern expansion, the Core Set Expansion 1, and the Bridge Expansion Set.

Each shape is carefully planned out with measurements that sometimes come down to 1/100th of a millimeter.  They are all designed to fit with each other perfectly but do not hinder creativity.  Shapes can easily be halved or quartered to fit specific design requirements without sacrificing original design.  Some build files make use of this to create short walls and such.  A good example for this would be both stable variants.

How do you use the templates?

For the PDF templates, simply print them out at full size and cut.  Once you have your templates, paper or acrylic, choose the ones you want to use and lay them on your medium.  Trace along the outside edges of the templates and cut when finished.  Do this as many times as desired or required by a build file.  Glue to desired shape.  Its that simple.

Pledges

So what do the pledges get you?

Core Set

  • This set contains 23 individual pieces
  • Can get the set as a PDF or physical clear acrylic
  • Walls, roofs, ends and a forge
  • PDF file is five pages
Core Set
Core Set

Core Set Expansion 1

  • Currently being designed, contains at least 14 pieces with many more to come
  • brings more roof and end options to the set as well as more unusually shaped building plans
  • Can get the set as a PDF or physical clear acrylic
  • PDF file is five pages
Core Set Expansion 1
Core Set Expansion 1

The Inn/Tavern Expansion Set

  • Contains 9 new pieces to the set and is pivotal to make larger buildings
  • Has pieces to build multiple Inn styles and includes a chimney and well
  • Can get the set as a PDF or physical clear acrylic
  • PDF file is a single page
Inn/Tavern Expansion
Inn/Tavern Expansion

The Bridge Set

  • This is a stand alone set for now, it does not require any other sets to complete a modular bridge
  • Currently contains 9 pieces with plans to add a few more for detailing
  • With this set you can make and end piece and a center piece that fit together.  Build two ends and as many center pieces as necessary for the bridge you want
  • Can get the set as a PDF or physical clear acrylic
  • PDF file is a single page
Bridge Expansion Set
Bridge Expansion Set

Build Instructions Set 1

  • Build files use templates from the Core Set only
  • Contains 8 PDF file build instructions and the free ranch style house instruction PDF
  • Each build file will detail the materials and templates needed to complete them.  They will give step by step instructions on how to assemble the base building.  They will also contain helpful tips on detailing and contain pictures of a completely detailed and painted building
  • Types of buildings you will see in this set are as follows: small barn, large barn, forge, blacksmiths house, small home, medium home, two story home, stables and ranch style house

Build Instructions Set 2

  • Build files use templates from the Core Set and the Inn/Tavern Expansion
  • Contains 5 build PDF build instructions and a free ranch style house instruction PDF
  • Each build file will detail the materials and templates needed to complete them.  They will give step by step instructions on how to assemble the base building.  They will also contain helpful tips on detailing and contain pictures of a completely detailed and painted building
  • Types of buildings you will see in this set are as follows: Inn/Tavern, larger home, well, manor, mansion
  • Some of these buildings are on the higher end of the scale when it comes to complexity and price

Build Instructions Set 3

  • Build files use templates from the Core Set, the Inn/Tavern set and the Core Expansion Set 1
  • Contains 10 build PDF instructions and a free ranch style house instruction PDF
  • Each build file will detail the materials and templates needed to complete them.  They will give step by step instructions on how to assemble the base building.  They will also contain helpful tips on detailing and contain pictures of a completely detailed and painted building
  • These files are currently being designed and will be finished once the expansion is complete and before the kickstarter is over 
  • Will contain interesting buildings

Upgrade your PDF pledge!

Those in the US can upgrade their PDF pledges by adding $15.  All of the PDFs you pledged for will then be loaded onto a flash drive and shipped to you when the acrylic sets ship out, maybe a little sooner.

Those in other countries can upgrade their pledge by adding $25.  The flash drives will be shipped out when the acrylic sets are.

Stretch Goals

  • $2000 - Windmill and Watermill expansions
  • $2500 - 3D printable stl files for all available sets
  • $3000 - Standalone Castle expansion set
  • $4000 - Alternate Bridges expansion set
  • $5000 - Detail stencils

As only a few build files are currently finished, we will offer them in packs.  These packs will be discounted and only offered via Kickstarter.  One build file will always be available for free.  That is the finished reimagining of my original template design.  The ranch house.  Each purchase will have access to this build file via a download link made available once rewards are shipped.

Lets break down what I need to reach my goals

  • Laser Cutter/Engraving Machine - This machine goes for anywhere between $350 to $600 on ebay and amazon.  These prices constantly fluctuate and are tough to nail down.  So I have budgeted for the highest, just in case.
  • Parts and materials to upgrade machine to production capacity - These machines have a lot of known issues.  The exhaust system is a big one.  Just to get the proper fan will cost from $60-$90.  A custom fitting will be required to attach it, another $30 for materials.  A few new exhaust hoses and a dryer vent for outside, around $25.
  • PDF program to properly create the PDF files in a professional way - This can be accomplished two different ways.  I can outright buy the program for $500.  Or I can pay monthly to use it, around $20.  If the project is funded normally, I will go the second route.  If it is over funded and certain stretch goals are reached, I will outright buy the program.
  • A dedicated computer to run the laser cutter - This can easily be accomplished with what I already have.  A laptop that still has $200 left on it to pay off.  I have also budgeted this into the kickstarter as I will be needing to get another one for personal use.

R&D Team Projects Slideshows

My R&D team have been more than helpful with this project.  I have decided to show them off in their very own little spotlight.  Here you can see the builds they have worked so hard on to help me with this project.

Annetta Green

https://www.facebook.com/nettascrafting/

Annetta has been a good friend of mine for a long time now.  When my business needed help, she was there to bail me out and get the equipment I needed to trudge on.  I have always found her crafts and choice of medium inspiring.  It seems only right that I feature her work first.

 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

 

Harmony Jeanne

http://etsy.me/2l5P19Y

https://www.facebook.com/atelestherogue/

Harmony's excitement for this project went a long way to keep me going.  It was that very excitement that I want to bring to crafters everywhere.

 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

Jeff Zahniser

Jeff is a master crafter and a valuable member of my R&D team. He took the templates for my Bridge Set and blew my mind with the results. His project inspired others to replicate it and more to become interested in the template project itself.

 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

 

Risks and challenges

There are a few risks going into this. The biggest being the laser cutter that I am planning to get. It is a cheaper one made in and sent from China. This poses a lot of issues because they don't always function properly and more often than not, need to be upgraded. But the build and design is mostly solid. I feel that this one is easily overcome.

Another risk is location location location. Due to several disabilities, I live with others to minimize living costs. I list this as a challenge because space is limited and I know the smell is not very pleasant while the machine is running. So I have to rely heavily on my ability to modify the machine and minimize smells and potential hazards.

The unpredictable. Anything could happen. The machine could blow up, or a fire could be started. A dragon might barrel in and step on it, who knows. Thankfully the machines come with a two year warranty, so all parts will be replaced for free. All it will cost me, is time. That is why for one of the stretch goals, is to get a second machine so that if one breaks, I still have another for production. I would also prefer to have a total of 3-4, maybe even 5 so parts can easily be switched out in times of need.

The final challenge? Getting enough exposure for the project. My hopes and dreams rest on you, the backers. Without you, this project has no hope of becoming a reality. Well, I mean maybe a little hope. You will save me a year, or even years of work to save up enough to do this completely on my own. But I am confident that my product is solid enough to fulfill your hopes and dreams. And make your crafting lives a little easier.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Support this project

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    Show your support!

    For those who are unable to do more, a way to show your support for this project.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    Building Instructions Set 1 PDF

    This is a set of 8 building instruction files that take from the Core Set only. Types of buildings you will see in this set are as follows: small barn, large barn, forge, blacksmiths house, small home, medium home, two story home, stables and ranch style house. Retail will be individual files from $2 to $5 depending on complexity. A $20 value!

    All build sets include ranch style house.

    Includes:
    • Build File Set 1 PDF
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    Building Instructions Set 2

    This is a set of 5 building instruction files that take from the Core Set and Inn/Tavern expansion. Types of buildings you will see in this set are as follows: Inn/Tavern, larger home, well, manor, mansion. Retail will be individual files from $2 to $5 depending on complexity. A $20 value!

    This set includes buildings that are more complex.

    All build sets include ranch style house.

    Includes:
    • Build File Set 2 PDF
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    Inn/Tavern Expansion PDF

    Printable PDF version of the Inn/Tavern Expansion Set. Print off your own set on your own medium, never lose a piece!

    Includes:
    • Inn/Tavern Expansion - PDF
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    Bridge Expansion PDF

    PDF version of the expansion. This is a stand alone expansion. It does not need any of the other expansions to create a modular bridge.

    Includes:
    • Bridge Expansion - PDF
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    Building Instructions Set 3 PDF

    This is a set of 10 building instruction files that take from the Core Set, Core Set Expansion 1, and the Inn/Tavern set. These files are currently being designed and will be finished once the expansion is complete and before the kickstarter is over. Will contain interesting buildings. Retail will be individual files from $2 to $5 depending on complexity. A $30 value!

    All build sets include ranch style house.

    Includes:
    • Build File Set 3 PDF
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    Inn/Tavern Expansion

    This is the Inn/Tavern expansion for the core template set.

    Includes:
    • Inn/Tavern Expansion - Clear Acrylic
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    Bridge Expansion

    This is a stand alone expansion. It does not need any of the other expansions to create a modular bridge.

    Includes:
    • Bridge Expansion - Clear Acrylic
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $35 or more About $35

    Core Template Set PDF

    Printable PDF version of the Core Template Set. Print off your own set on your own medium, never lose a piece!

    Includes:
    • Core Template Set - PDF
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $35 or more About $35

    Core Set Expansion 1 PDF

    Printable PDF version of the Core Set Expansion 1. Print off your own set on your own medium, never lose a piece!

    Includes:
    • Core Set Expansion 1 - PDF
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $60 or more About $60

    Core Template Set + Build File Set 1

    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!! Clear Acrylic Set. Only a limited amount available, this set comes with a PDF set of build files completely free!

    Includes:
    • Core Set - Clear Acrylic
    • Build File Set 1 PDF
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge $60 or more About $60

    Core Template Set - Clear Acrylic

    Includes:
    • Core Set - Clear Acrylic
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge $60 or more About $60

    Core Set Expansion 1

    This expansion adds brand new shapes and end options to the core expansion.

    Includes:
    • Core Set Expansion 1 - Clear Acrylic
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Digital Bundle

    Save $35 by getting all digital files together! To get these on a flash drive and sent to you, please add $15 (US) or $25 (anywhere else in the world).

    Includes:
    • Core Template Set - PDF
    • Core Set Expansion 1 - PDF
    • Inn/Tavern Expansion - PDF
    • Bridge Expansion - PDF
    • Build File Set 1 PDF
    • Build File Set 2 PDF
    • Build File Set 3 PDF
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  15. Select this reward

    Pledge $180 or more About $180

    Acrylic Bundle

    Save $25 by getting all acrylic sets and build files together!

    Includes:
    • Core Set - Clear Acrylic
    • Core Set Expansion 1 - Clear Acrylic
    • Inn/Tavern Expansion - Clear Acrylic
    • Bridge Expansion - Clear Acrylic
    • Build File Set 1 PDF
    • Build File Set 2 PDF
    • Build File Set 3 PDF
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  16. Select this reward

    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    Get It All Bundle

    Save $55 by getting all acrylic sets, pdf sets, and build files together!

    Includes:
    • Core Set - Clear Acrylic
    • Core Set Expansion 1 - Clear Acrylic
    • Inn/Tavern Expansion - Clear Acrylic
    • Bridge Expansion - Clear Acrylic
    • Build File Set 1 PDF
    • Build File Set 2 PDF
    • Build File Set 3 PDF
    • Bridge Expansion - PDF
    • Core Set Expansion 1 - PDF
    • Core Template Set - PDF
    • Inn/Tavern Expansion - PDF
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  17. Select this reward

    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    Retailer Package

    This package includes 20 of each of the clear acrylic sets.

    Includes:
    • 20× Core Set - Clear Acrylic
    • 20× Core Set Expansion 1 - Clear Acrylic
    • 20× Bridge Expansion - Clear Acrylic
    • 20× Inn/Tavern Expansion - Clear Acrylic
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)