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92
backers
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The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, July 19 2015 4:54 PM UTC +00:00

About

What is a Cordless Foam Cutting Tool?

This campaign introduces a new attachments for a foam cutter for Solderdoodle Pro, which converts it in to a portable, cordless, USB rechargeable foam cutting tool. This foam cutting tool can be used for lost foam casting, sculptures, airplane models, and other projects. 

Solderdoodle Pro was originally a portable soldering iron with the ability to last at full power for over a half hour above 800ºF, over 2 hours above 500ºF, and charge from a USB port. Below is a link for my original Open Source Hardware Solderdoodle Kickstarter project: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/249225636/solderdoodle-pro-700of-usb-rechargeable-soldering

You can literally go anywhere and still have a way to charge your Solderdoodle if there is a laptop, USB battery, wall adapter, or even a USB solar charger nearby!

Solderdoodle Pro uses a high-efficiency, high-power charge controller, uses the same battery that's used in the Tesla electric car, and uses replaceable tips.

Foam cut trophy for lost foam casting
Foam cut trophy for lost foam casting
Foam cut trophy for lost foam casting
Foam cut trophy for lost foam casting
Improved prototype with 3" wide and 3.5" deep cutting area
Improved prototype with 3" wide and 3.5" deep cutting area

Solderdoodle Pro Reviews:

Hello, Got mine the other day as well and it heats up super super fast. Amazing! - Brett

I brought the solderdoodle prototype to a class I teach at Portland Community College. Everyone always brings the worst radio shack soldering irons to the beginner soldering class. The solderdoodle pro performed as well as my $45 50W Sparkfun Soldering Station. It was a real benefit to the class. - hydronics

Solderdoodle being used at OMSI in Portland, OR
Solderdoodle being used at OMSI in Portland, OR
Delux Kit! Foam cutter, 3D print finishing tools, soldering iron attachments, tip removal tool, and Solderdoodle Pro base unit
Delux Kit! Foam cutter, 3D print finishing tools, soldering iron attachments, tip removal tool, and Solderdoodle Pro base unit
Foam cutter, 3D print finishing tools, soldering iron attachments, and tip removal tool
Foam cutter, 3D print finishing tools, soldering iron attachments, and tip removal tool
Cutting Shipping Foam
Cutting Shipping Foam
Cutting Styrofoam
Cutting Styrofoam
Cutting EVA foam
Cutting EVA foam

 All kit backers, which include the Solderdoodle Pro base unit, will receive the original conical soldering iron tip.

All kit backers, which include the Solderdoodle Pro base unit, will receive the original conical soldering iron tip
All kit backers, which include the Solderdoodle Pro base unit, will receive the original conical soldering iron tip

Where Do the Funds Go and How Long Will it Take to Finish?

This foam cutting tool is here to meet your portable needs! In order to build the final production version at a reasonable cost, funds must be raised to purchase a minimum order of hundreds of batteries, cables, heating elements, circuits, and plastic components.

Solderdoodle Pro is designed be as simple to manufacture as possible and it is always being refined for the most efficient assembly. Our suppliers have given us great quality prototype parts, but they need time to produce the final design in large quantities. Typical manufacturing lead-times for components are about 30 days and test batches are always ordered before going in to large-scale production. Realistically, it should take about 6 to 8 months to order parts, manufacture parts, inspect components, assemble each batch, final test each unit, package, and then ship them.

Retail Price for the base only is estimated to be $69 + shipping

Retail Price for the foam cutter tip is estimated to be $19 + shipping

Retail Price for the other tips are estimated to be $9 + shipping

Foam Cutting Tool Specs:

* Prototype cutting Width: 3" Wide X 3.5" Deep 

* Prototype cutting Wire: Kanthal (same wire used in vapes)

* Time to Fully Charge @ 5V 2A: 2 hours | @ 5V 1A: 3 hours | @5V 500mA: 4.5 hours

* Capacity: 3350mAh/3.6V * Type: Panasonic NCR18650B Lithium-Ion

* Size: Diameter: 1.6 inches * Length: 8.1 inches

* Body Material: Nylon * Weight: 101g (3.5 oz)

* Input Cable - 3' Nylon Braided Male USB Type A to Micro Connector

* Input - Current: 450 to 1300mA | Voltage: 5 to 6 Volts

* Output - Current: 1500mA | Voltage: 2.5 to 4.2 Volts

* Battery Life Under Typical Use: Over 5 years * Replaceable battery

* Provides over 2 hours of working time

* Heats up to over 700ºF (371ºC) in seconds!

Final design may have changes

Prototype recharging from a laptop
Prototype recharging from a laptop
Inside the Solderdoodle Pro
Inside the Solderdoodle Pro
Inside the Solderdoodle Pro 3D printed prototype
Inside the Solderdoodle Pro 3D printed prototype
3D CAD Model
3D CAD Model
Solderdoodle Pro mold injection
Solderdoodle Pro mold injection
Solderdoodle Pro mold injection ejector pins
Solderdoodle Pro mold injection ejector pins
Power button taped down to test Solderdoodle Pro temperature. Over 860ºF when fully charged!
Power button taped down to test Solderdoodle Pro temperature. Over 860ºF when fully charged!

Click below for Open Source instructions on how to build the Cordless Foam Cutting Tool prototype!

http://www.instructables.com/id/Cordless-Lost-Foam-Cast-Cutting-Tool-USB-Rechargea/

Risks and challenges

I have a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering with over eight years of experience and a few successful Kickstarter project under my belt. I also gained a lot manufacturing experience working at my Dad's sheet metal shop since I was a kid. Unforeseen issues that can delay the shipment of rewards to Kickstarter backers include, but are not limited to:

* Delays in receiving components on time from vendors.
* Delays from rejected parts during inspection.
* Delays from the carrier in shipping the product to the Kickstarter backer.

As a backer of other projects, I understand the importance of honest communication, even if the news is not so good, so I will make it a priority to answer all backer questions as fast as I can and give updates as soon as possible. We are on this journey together.

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    1 foam cutter tip only.

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    Tips only. Custom select 4 tips from the soldering iron and 3D print finishing tool category (a survey will be sent to determine which tips you want) - Add $10 extra for the Foam Cutting Tool tip.

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    FOR INTERNATIONAL BACKERS OF THE ORIGINAL SOLDERDOODLE. Tips only. Custom select 4 tips from the soldering iron and 3D print finishing tool category (a survey will be sent to determine which tips you want) - Add $10 extra for the Foam Cutting Tool tip.

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    1 foam cutter + 1 standard cutter + 1 scooper +1 needle + conical soldering tip + chisel soldering tip only.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL FOAM CUTTER KIT! 1 foam cutter + tip removal tool + Solderdoodle Pro for ultra-portable, on-the-go foam cutting!

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    Soldering Kit! Extra conical and chisel soldering iron tips + tip removal tool + Solderdoodle Pro for ultra-portable, on-the-go Soldering!

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    Foam Cutter Kit! 1 foam cutter + tip removal tool + Solderdoodle Pro for ultra-portable, on-the-go foam cutting!

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    3D Print Finishing Tool Kit! 1 standard cutter + 1 scooper + 1 needle + tip removal tool + Solderdoodle Pro for ultra-portable, on-the-go 3D print finishing!

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    Custom Solderdoodle Kit! Custom select 4 tips from the soldering iron and 3D print finishing tool category + Solderdoodle Pro for ultra-portable, on-the-go Soldering! (a survey will be sent to determine which tips you want) - Add $10 extra for the Foam Cutting Tool tip.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL FOAM CUTTER DELUX KIT! 1 foam cutter + 1 standard cutter + 1 scooper + 1 needle + extra conical and chisel soldering iron tips + tip removal tool + Solderdoodle Pro for ultra-portable, on-the-go foam cutting!

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    Foam Cutter Platinum Kit! 1 foam cutter + 1 standard cutter + 1 scooper + 1 needle + extra conical and chisel soldering iron tips + tip removal tool + custom case color (red, orange, or blue) Solderdoodle Pro for ultra-portable, on-the-go foam cutting! - Add $10 for custom laser engraving

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Funding period

- (30 days)