We are happily continuing to work through this holiday season.
As of about an hour ago, 44 of the remaining 159 $50 pledge Star Castle 2600 cartridges have been shipped.
Put another way, 28% of the $50 orders have shipped which brings us to 71% of all Kickstarter orders overall.
It is also worth noting that at this time ALL international orders have been shipped.
Progress continues to be steady.
Here are some more production notes:
Sometimes the shells are not perfectly formed when cured because they have to be removed from the molds while still slightly soft and can take several hours to fully cure. I had been heating the few warped shells with a heat gun to straighten them out but found a much better way...
After trimming, grinding, drilling, and cleaning each shell half I clean them and then immerse them in extremely hot water. The water is well over 120 degrees, I discovered this when I destroyed my favorite alcohol based photography thermometer measuring the temperature. Here are around 40 cartridge halves.
This softens the shells and then when laid out together on a flat true surface they all end up perfectly flat and square. Here you can see a soft cartridge back and cool re-formed halves in the background to the right.
When heated this way they are a soft as undercooked pasta and can be manipulated but cool to their corrected rigid form quickly and easily.
I've decided that cutting the cartridge pins ("lollypops") from sheet acrylic is faster and produces a far better part than casting so that is how the remainder will be made. Here is a batch of 39 being set free from the bulk sheet material.
Lollypops with sprinkles!
Here is a $50 pledge Star Castle 2600 cartridge and CD ready to ship
These orders are going all over the world, that's pretty exciting!
Have a safe and happy holiday season!
D. Scott Williamson