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$699
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, July 7 2015 4:07 PM UTC +00:00
$699
pledged of $100,000pledged of $100,000 goal
8
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, July 7 2015 4:07 PM UTC +00:00

About

In the US and around the world, everyday people are sent into pipes to inspect, clean and coat. These pipes can range in diameter from 32 inches to 144+inches. Many of these pipes are partially flooded with sewage or other types of waste. They can spend weeks working in this confined, hazardous environment. Then they get to move onto their next job!

The AWWA estimates over $1.2 Trillion to repair our current infrastructure. Why would we do this work with people underground? We have found that Philadelphia has over 3,000 miles of sewer pipe while San Diego has over 300 miles of large diameter pipe. Every large city inherently has large diameter sewer, fresh water, and storm water pipes. 

Working with the support of our friends and family, without pay, we have been able to put together a functional initial prototype. This modular robot is capable of cleaning, inspecting and coating pipes ranging in diameter from 72 inches to 102 inches.

We have several utilities that would like to use our technology but we need a boost of money to help us wrap up the mechanics and electronics of the robot and put together the rest of the system!

WE'RE SO CLOSE! With this Kickstarter funding we would be able to have final components fabricated and buy the necessary support equipment to get this system in the field! Support equipment would include pumps, generators, compressors, control panels, an ISO container and more!

Risks and challenges

We have substantial risks and challenges to getting this robot running.
Ensuring that the system is reliable and accurate will be quite difficult. Our electronics and control systems must be tested, tweaked and retested. The mechanical systems must be tested to failure, rebuilt and tested again. These all provide risks that might fundamentally change the direction of the project. Of course, we will adjust to the requirements and functionality of our system to work within its bounds.

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    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! This level gives you access to backer updates, plus we will add you to the Robotic Pipe Repair website on our list of backers!

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    Thank you for your wonderful support. This level will give you a key chain sized 3D printed model of the RPR Robot

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    Your support means the world! At this level we would like to offer a softball sized 3D printed model of the RPR Robot.

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    At this level, we can't thank you enough!
    We would like to off you a modular, desktop model of the RPR Robot. With this model you can remove and reconfigure the model into as many different configurations as you can imagine!

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    We are speechless. Thank you for your confidence and support. At this level we would offer you a trio of three 3D printed models. A key chain model, softball sized model and a desktop, modular model.

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    At this level.... Thank you!
    We would love to send you the trio described above (in the $1,000 level) along with a shirt with the RPR logo. You'll have several shirts to choose from.

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    With your support we are sure to succeed.
    At this level, we would like to offer you a jacket with the RPR logo so that you can come visit us in Colorado. You would have unlimited access to drive, ride and/or operate the RPR system!

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Funding period

- (60 days)