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The easiest and quickest tool to develop your own films in full day light, anywhere and at anytime without the need for a darkroom
The easiest and quickest tool to develop your own films in full day light, anywhere and at anytime without the need for a darkroom
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Lab-Box Production Update - December

Posted by ars-imago (Creator)
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Dear Backers,

throughout the past few weeks, our team has overseen works at the factory to organise production. After checking on every single piece and writing an important document on quality control, we have set all the manufacturing standards. We can now say that the printing phase has been entered: production has officially begun!

Printing process of Lab-Box tanks
Printing process of Lab-Box tanks


A couple of weeks ago, we have made an important decisions: right before launching production, we decided to change the reel material to try and obtain more sturdiness. After running some tests, we have found a balanced combination of nylon and a special fibre that manages to harden the piece and to improve the appearance of the surface.

Final Reels material - Printing process
Final Reels material - Printing process


Finally, here is how our customised metal clip looks!

Final improved metal clip
Final improved metal clip


As you might have grasped from our monthly updates, organising this work is neither fast nor simple. Coordinating dozens of different suppliers and running checks on all the supplied materials are onerous, time-consuming tasks. The majority of what’s necessary for the assembly line (i.e. screws, gaskets, etc.) has been received; the metal parts will be ready shortly.

Thousands of seal gaskets delivered
Thousands of seal gaskets delivered


We have recently encountered an issue, which is currently being solved. Fortunately, the issue does not concern a piece in the assembly line; therefore, even if the piece will be ready a few weeks later, it will not affect the production schedule and will make it to packaging right on time.

Preparation pieces for assembly and packaging
Preparation pieces for assembly and packaging


Here you can see the premises where the assembly line will take place. We have tried to optimise operations by thoroughly instructing the assembly line manager, who is currently setting up all instruments to soon start assembling the 135 and 120 modules.

Assembly line space
Assembly line space


Now to the time schedules: As we previously wrote, we are committed to dispatching the first batches by the end of the year. We still cannot pin down any date, but we can confirm that couriers are scheduled to pick up the first batches between the end of December 2018 and the end of January 2019.

We will keep you constantly posted, as usual, and you will hear from us with a new update between Christmas Eve and New Year’s.

Lab-Box Team

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    1. Missing avatar

      Steven Crawford 3 days ago

      Update please?

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      mario 4 days ago

      Update, please!

    3. Shay 7 days ago

      Just a quick, little update, please guys.....

    4. Mattia Cuttini on

      C'mon let's update us!

      <3

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      Chris Cayetano on

      "We have recently encountered an issue, which is currently being solved. "

      I guess the issue has not been solved...

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      Andras on

      Sara, i had this reply on the comments web page, but it fits for you as well:
      they wrote as usual, what's wrong? This is the usual from them.

      Moreover they only mentioned between Christmas and NY, which is still open for 2019.

      My first and ever kickstarter campaign was this, that is for sure.

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      Sara Marshall on

      "As we previously wrote, we are committed to dispatching the first batches by the end of the year"
      "We will keep you constantly posted, as usual, and you will hear from us with a new update between Christmas Eve and New Year’s"
      More empty promises and prevarication. How about precise dates for delivery instead of the continual vague promises.

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      Philippe HERNANDEZ on

      Il semble que le temps n'a pas d'emprise sur Lab-Box... La campagne de levée de fonds a commencé en Mars 2017 pour une livraison prévue en Septembre 2017... Nous sommes déjà en 2019 et personne n'a rien reçu. Il est temps maintenant de donner des DATES PRECISES DE LIVRAISON, l'impatience commence à monter en puissance chez les contributeurs qui ont fait confiance aux concepteurs du projet... Phil contributeur N° 4843

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      Martin Siegel
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      @Chris Cayetano - sorry for misspelling your name

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      Martin Siegel
      Superbacker
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      I'll second Chris Cayetan and Boucherd - new update PLEEEASE

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      Chris Cayetano on

      Where's the new update?

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      Bouchard on

      Previous news : " ...and you will hear from us with a new update between Christmas Eve and New Year’s. "

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      Bouchard on

      Just some personal information : contributed in March 2017 for a delivery scheduled for September 2017. This project suffers from a certain delay... I am at once disappointed and more and more watched.
      Laurent, contributor number 856

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      Chris Cayetano on

      I hope there would be an updated reel that would allow two 135 film to be developed at the same time.

    15. David Talbot on

      Another customer for you here if you decide to produce a 4x5 (or even 10x8) system

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      sean on

      I cant wait to use this product. Thanks for making these! Please consider making the similar tank with 4x5 and 5x7 films? I would definitely buy it again

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      Rafael on

      I have a question: in August we had the *last chance* to change our shipping address. By March, it is very likely that I will have to move, and at the moment I still do not have the new address. Will we have the chance to change the address later on? Or will I simply lose my LabBox?

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      Elad Bari on

      PLEASE ! No Express Shipping!
      Don't tax us for nothing if it's preventable. Normal airmail arrives no later and is as good.

    19. David Talbot on

      Looking great! The films are all happy in the fridge waiting. All those of you complaining look at the Lume Cube Life Lite Kickstarter, that is a badly run one not this one!

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      Marlon Bishop on

      I’m going to lick my lab-box when it arrives. Not even use it for the development of film. Love that redesigned metal clip and the newfound strength of the reels. Merry Xmas and see y’all on the other side!

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      Rob Robertson on

      Yay, Lab-Box! I'm looking forward to my new Lab-Box, but not at all concerned about the delays. I concur with the many who have said,all along,that we have faith in you and the thoroughness with which you're approaching your task. Our world remains too impatient - some (good) things are worth waiting for! Have a Xmas break - you've earned it!

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      Jim on

      You will undoubtedly continue to get criticized about the delivery schedule, but please keep focused on checking the strength and endurance of your components. Complaints about delays will not seem important if the product you deliver fails after a few uses because of plastic gears or whatever. There have been a couple of photo related projects that have done just that. Quality control is critical to your long term success.

    23. Michael Diblicek on

      Great news guys, thanks for the update. It's all looking good. And as Brad Lechner said "A quality product is worth the wait" i couldn't agree more.
      To all the team, have great Xmas.

    24. brad lechner on

      looks great! thanks for update! a quality product is worth the wait.

    25. Julian L on

      Looking forward to getting my hands on this, thanks for the update. Delays are only to be expected when designing and manufacturing a new product. I'm still happily waiting for my Ferrania film, so the delay on this project is nothing.

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      Charles Mason on

      "As we previously wrote, we are committed to dispatching the first batches by the end of the year. We still cannot pin down any date, but we can confirm that couriers are scheduled to pick up the first batches between the end of December 2018 and the end of January 2019. "
      So that means NOT by the end of the year? So much for Sept 2017, and Sept 2018, and Dec 2018 and ...

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      Richard Bain on

      Lovely to see. Thanks for the update info, the best is worth waiting for. Looks like you are keen to make it so.

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      George Day on

      Thanks for the update, I am sure you are doing everything you can to deliver a great product which I am looking fwd to receiving whenever it is ready to ship. Great news.

    29. Francesco Tiso on

      That sounds good. We met in person at the Photokina and I am pleased that there is progress in production. I have now 25 films waiting to be developed. Can not wait to hold my lab box in my hands. Thanks for the update.

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      Joseph Harrington on

      Longest wait ever. Really hope this product works without any issues whenever we get it.

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      Kai on

      Yeeeeeah!! I’m sooo looking forward to this! Thx for the update!

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      David Valencia Olave on

      Nice, I really want to taste and test it!!,. nice work.