All shipments for May: $10 & $70 levels and some June: $25 & $40 levels (except for those who did not provide a destination address yet) have left Georgia (or even arrived at destination) in May as promised.
17 backers have not answered their survey yet. Without your address, we cannot ship your reward.
We are happy to report even some June shipments are on their way or already at destination. 45 total packages shipped so far (approx. 25%).
We are well on schedule at the moment to continue and meet each and every delivery milestone.
We are now finalizing (locking) addresses for June and July deliveries of the $200 and $350 levels.
Always the Bad news first:
Bad news: Last week, our 60 Watt water cooled CO2 laser died in the middle of a huge Button cap cutting job.
Good news: James was able to quickly troubleshoot, identify the root cause as a dead high voltage power supply, order a replacement and installed it today and we are back in business roughly a week behind our laser cutting schedule. Not only that, he suggested connecting to Laser cutter via Ethernet may fix random farts/burps that Laser cutter/engraver was experiencing, and guess what... Indeed, now our Laser cutter is totally reliable and has not experienced ANY burps/farts as seen before via USB!
Bad news: After sending a 3D printed pre-production prototype to a client, we realized we had a 3D printer that was producing off spec finished goods. Thank You Jochen for your find!
Good news: We identified which printer was responsible, pulled out the 21 off spec units in stock and are now back producing quality goods, basically losing 1 week of production from 1 of the 4 printers. IF you did NOT order any 3D printed parts AND do not have access to a 3D printer AND would like to receive some off-spec 3D printed components, please message us via Kickstarter and we may be able to send some your ways at no cost to you.
Bad news: After racking our brains on the frosted window since the very beginning of the Open DSKY development phase, we were thinking that we had finally pretty much nailed down our frosted window, but our beta testers did not agree.
Good news: A collaborator found what could be the ultimate (and simplest!) way of producing these frosted windows (no frosting required), solving multiple problems (sticking, transparency, blurriness) at the same time. Thank you again Jochen! We will share the pdf of the "frosted" window with all kit makers of the Print Pro Package and above.
Bad news: All survey invites have been sent (over 2 weeks ago) and we still have 10% (20) of our backers who have not answered their survey and we are close to locking the answers and charging the credit cards for the add-ons. We will NOT be able to ship your reward if we don't have your address. Please visit your Backerkit link ASAP if you have not done so already.
Good news: We will give everyone another week before we lock your answers down and charge the cards which should allow more people to fill in the surveys. Please visit your Backerkit link ASAP if you have not done so already.
Bad news: We (all of us Open DSKY community) may have caused a temporary Worldwide shortage of the 3D printing filament we use.
Good news: No worries - We had already secured all the filament (and all other raw materials) we need to completely fulfill all Kickstarter backers. We also suspect e-sun will be able to replenish all distributors shortly.
The best news? Despite these few setbacks, we are still on schedule for our deliveries and plan on shipping the May rewards very shortly!
Finally, here are a few pictures from the production line:
Video showing Open DSKY Button caps Laser engraving/cutting, 3D printing Open DSKY mid-section, Top plate, and Bezel.
Yes, we are still alive but we have been busy preparing for fulfillment. Here are a bunch of good news:
- 1- 75% of BackerKit Survey Invites sent so far, with a 60% response rate. More surveys to be sent later. Make sure your BackerKit invite does not end up in your Spam folder.
- 2- All Add-ons have been added to BackerKit, most of them at reduced prices.
- 3- 3D Printing moving at a steady pace, building inventory.
- 4- Early batch of Raw Materials received, looking good so far.
- 5- In response to backers demand, we now have a 1:1 3D printed "Big Back" option.
- 6- Shipping should commence on schedule in 2 or 3 weeks.
- 7- Come see us this week-end at the Vintage Computer Festival SouthEast hosted in the Computer Museum of America and presented by the Atlanta Historical Computing Society.
1- We have sent so far only 75% of the BackerKit Survey Invites and have already received back 60% of responses. The round keychain is already an overwhelming winner over the rectangular one. More people are interested in a cruise than anticipated. Other surprise: Majority of backers so far have or have access to a 3D printer.
2- Once you receive your BackerKit Survey Invite, you will realize we are giving backers numerous add-on options, including some exclusives.
3- With 9 3D printers now at our disposal day and night and at least half of them printing something at every moment, we now have a good inventory of 3D printed parts and feel we should be able to make all deadlines.
4- Raw materials have started to come in, we don't expect any shortages. Very pleased with all suppliers so far.
5- We have had collaborators and a few backers requesting a full 1:1 size replica of the DSKY, specifically including what we taught was an overly big, useless back. Well, we created it and indeed, it is big, providing lots on internal storage area. It takes 40 hours to print but it looks fantastic. Our "Big Back" upgrade is now available as an add-on.
6- As planned, once we finalize our frosted window process (within 2 weeks), we should be ready to start shipping on schedule.
7- S&T GeoTronics will be at the Vintage Computer Festival South-East in Atlanta this week-end. Come see us!
Now that we have most logistics/production squared away, we will be able to focus full-tilt on software very shortly and expect updates via our Programming Open DSKY Instructables.
Thank You for your support and patience, please be on the lookout for your backerkit survey invite soon and please fill it in without delay.
- Marc and James @ S&T GeoTronics LLC