RoboMustache - Wooden Robot Assembly Kits
RoboMustache - Wooden Robot Assembly Kits
Wooden robot assembly kits of your very own. If you enjoy models, puzzles, crafts or robots then this is the perfect thing for you.
Wooden robot assembly kits of your very own. If you enjoy models, puzzles, crafts or robots then this is the perfect thing for you. Read more
About this project
RoboMustache is named for its first robotic lifeform, a forgotten experiment found in a derelict factory. It seeks the help of humans to send its robotic creations far and wide, expanding its delightfully cute, yet surprisingly firm pincer grasp around the world. There are many mysteries left to be discovered in the world of RoboMustache, and the journey has only just started.
RoboMustache is a collection of wooden robot craft kits, necklaces, t-shirts and other robotic accessories. We are a small yet passionate group, wanting to take our crafting hobby and turn it into a fully realized venture. Over the past year, RoboMustache traveled to a variety of Maker Faire events across the East coast: including the World Maker Faire in New York; events in Orlando, Atlanta, Charlotte, and DC; all to showcase our creatively hands-on project kits.
RoboMustache began as a hobby turning simple drawings into actual figures to assemble and display. Our goal now is to expand beyond a hobby, sharing our innovative projects with everyone.
Starting with the "Helper Bot" kit, RoboMustache expanded to include the "Less Than Three" kit. New kits include the cheerfully aggressive "V.V.V.V.", delightfully agile "Dance Master" and the multi-limbed "Arakno". We also added necklaces, charms, and other accessories all laser cut from bamboo. We've even added t-shirts, stickers and other items showing off the RoboMustache brand.
Our Kickstarter will give us the ability to expand the RoboMustache brand from hobby to fully sustainable business that can further expand to providing our projects to retail markets and educational use as well. In sharing our work, we hope to make a successful venture and hope you can help us make that happen.
Charles Wade: CEO & Founder
Charles is the mastermind behind RoboMustache and its current creations. He began RoboMustache as a hobby. It started out as simple stickers and papercrafts. After experimenting with papercrafts he moved onto wooden creations and soon the first robot craft kit was born, which he named Helper Bot.
Over the last few years he has honed his skills going to different local festivals, maker faires and doing hands-on projects for kids, such as a “Build Your Own Helper Bot” event at the local library. He has taken part in many entrepreneurial opportunities to help further his endeavors with RoboMustache. Most recently, he became an alumni of the 2015 Winter Session of the Triad Startup Lab. Within the Triad Startup Lab a brand for the company was created, along with a story to go along with the creations.
When Charles isn’t running RoboMustache he is a full-time graphic designer, with a focus on magazine layout and design. He also enjoys getting lost in video games from time to time.
David Cheney: COO
Friends since high school, David and Charles have collaborated on a few small projects in the past and have always worked well as a team. David has a background in several disciplines, having gone to school for networking, programing and software development. He also has some experience in 3D modeling, drawing and video production. He uses the skills gained and observations made during school, online and in the workplace to develop strategic plans for RoboMustache, aiming to translate management and team leading skills into successfully operating a business. David too loves video games and is always more than happy to engage in world building.
Kurt Yoder: Operations
Kurt helps run the day to day operations behind the scenes at RoboMustache. From assembly kits to ship out to coordinating plans for events the company attends and sales promotions. A life long model kit hobbyist, he's enjoyed the opportunity to take that creativity into helping promote a business built around assembly kits.
- 12/22/15: GeekDad
- 12/22/15: The Toy Chronicle
- 12/01/15: Made in Greensboro
- 10/23/15: The Daily Quirk
- 09/27/15: Makezine
- 10/25/14: News & Record
- 10/15/14: The Courier-Tribune
- 10/08/13: Ponoko
We just want to say THANK YOU for taking a moment to check out our campaign. If you supported us in anyway, be it monetarily or through sharing this campaign, then consider yourself amazing. We certainly appreciate it.
Lastly, we'd like to thank all those that helped make this Kickstarter possible:
- Joel Bennett, from the Greensboro Partnership Entrepreneur Connection, for being a great mentor and providing us with a ton of help over the last few months.
- Zeke Vantreese, from Home State Apparel, for being a great mentor.
- Wilky Black and his crew, from Hayzen's Productions, for shooting and editing the two videos you see above.
- The Forge, a makerspace in Greensboro, N.C., for letting us use their wonderful location to shoot the videos.
- Allison Goodman, for the work on our t-shirt/poster and sticker designs.
- John Grigni, from Argos Animation, for his work on the 3D models that are used on the packaging and instructions.
- Bennett Harris, of Harris Educational and the Alamance Makers Guild, for all of his advice and support over the last couple of years.
- Douglas Cheney, our scientist in the video above, for his help with the video and everything else he has done for us.
- And all of our friends and family that have helped us along the way!
Risks and challenges
Our biggest hurdle will be logistics in shipping all of the orders. We have shipped before, but nothing on this massive of a scale. But, we have done all of the research to pull off a successful shipping experience and have plenty of help and know-how from mentors if needed.
We have two completely finished robot kits, which is the Helper Bot and <3. V.V.V.V., Dance Master and Arakno will need packaging and instructions created, but should not be much of an issue after successfully taking Helper Bot and <3 from prototype to finished product.
We are committed to do anything it takes to get the goals packed and shipped by our deadlines. If problems do arise, we will be open and honest about everything and do our best to make it right.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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