Web site is up! With a unique m3k pen to showcase..
Well it has been a long time since you have heard any news from me. I have been taking a much needed break, and am starting to get back into... Read more
5 pen case are machined
I have some good news for those who requested the 5 pen set . I finished the machining of the 5 pen cases. Here is picture and I included a... Read more
Anodizing cases, pens and 2 pen liner complete
While I have anodized almost all of the bead blasted black cases, I had several items to catch up on. 1. I had many caps that were defective and had... Read more
Orange not orange enough?
This update is about those who were recently shipped a pen with orange in it.
One backer pointed out to me that it looks more gold than orange. I did... Read more
Pens without cases almost all shipped
For those of you who had requested a pen without a case you will either have a tracking number by now, will get one tonight, or will get an email... Read more
In this update, I will start with pens update first then the cases.
Status for pens without a case:
clear - I still have one that I have not shipped.... Read more
Case machining close to completion.
I apologize for being so late on this update. I have been making progress. As of tonight, I have 50 cases that the machining is complete see link (only 49... Read more
Still machining cases and anodizing!
The attached pictures shows the stack of cases has increased. Not fast enough, but I can say that the main machining operation on the body of all the cases is... Read more
Case machining finally becoming routine!
So this update contains good news and not so good news. The good news is that case machining has begun to stabilize such that I can leave the machine to... Read more
New Case Tooling in action!
I completed this tooling to help me machine 8 cases at a time. I finished the machining the tool late last week, but wanted to get some testing in... Read more
New case tooling
Unfortunately, circumstances have kept me out of the shop longer than I had hoped. But despite that I expect to complete the new case tooling in the next 2 days.... Read more
This will be a short update, but wanted to get something out to everybody. Last week the anodizer did a great job on all the blue pen pieces. And as... Read more
Back in the shop: 5 Pen Case Design! 2 pen liner design!
While on business travel last week, i was able to accomplish a few things that don't involve me being in the shop. One of the biggest for me is that... Read more
Outsourcing some anodization to speed progress
As you can infer from the title, I am not able to anodize pens at the rate that I would like to get them all delivered quickly. And on top... Read more
Tip: replacing the refill!
I have received several questions on how to replace the refill. One of the things that I changed from the original prototype was how to take the pen... Read more
First production bead blasted case!
Since I was having issues with the polished case, I went ahead and started the first bead blasted cases. I thought some of you might be interested in seeing it.... Read more
Time for another update.
I have to report another delay for the cases, I thought that I had bridged the last hurdle with cases when I got the process... Read more
Woo Hoo Liners!!!!! Please read for another available option!
I am happy to announce that the liner moulds are working beautifully. I am using a soft high quality platinum cure silicon rubber. It has a great feel and looks... Read more
Mid January update
If some of you have followed my comments in the comments area, you will see that I started tackling the anodization issues. I was struggling with a pretty high rejection... Read more
New Years Eve Update!
Year end seems like a good time to give an update. For some of you backers, it is already 2013. But I have another 2+ hours to go here.
So... Read more
Getting back in the shop..
It is probably the longest gap between updates that I have done. I apologize for that but since I was not in the shop for a week and a half,... Read more
One more delay
It has been too long since the last update.
All back bodies are machined. 200 of the front bodies have been machined. ( i had to scrap 90 while working... Read more
Spring machining & spacers
More than time for an update...
Front bodies were delayed for last set up. I expect to finish them all by tomorrow. In the mean time,I have also been working... Read more
Pen Back Bodies have all been machined!
Late last night, I finished all the pen body backs for everyone's pen(s). Shown in the picture at the bottom of the page are 270 of them and another 55... Read more
Backs of pens are near completion
Past time for me to post an update.
For those of you who have recently read the comment section, I had an issue with my mill losing z position. After... Read more
Anodization line bottle neck
Sorry for the delayed update.
I have 8 more pens ready to ship tomorrow morning. Unfortunately the pictures here don't look as good as in real life. But you get... Read more
The first 4 pens (bead blasted) to ship:
Hi res picture:
As I finish them, I will on occasion take some pictures of some of the more unique... Read more
Well it has been rough weekend, my goal was to have shipped some pens already. While machining the plain sleeves last week, I accidentally jogged my slitting saw into a... Read more
Brushed finish finalized
I have a brushed finish that I am happy with now. Also I am on target for finishing the first pens today.
You can see the hi res pic of... Read more
Brushed finish update
I have what I feel is better brushed finish, but I want to anodize it first before I post pictures. Unfortunately I will not be able to work on the... Read more
And another quick post!
For those of you who have been waiting to turn in your survey, I can give you until Sunday the 23rd to decide. Since I have enough respondents to keep... Read more
Another quick update!
Although some of you are happy with the brushed look from the not so detailed pictures, I am not happy with it. So I will be trying for a little... Read more
Some finishes to look at!
I got the bead blasted and brushed finish examples anodized tonight. They are hanging to dry at the moment. Below you can see the red and black bead blasted examples.... Read more
Back body machining is complete for first batch!
After completing the fixture for machining the flip side of the backbody, the machining did not take long. Pictures below:
I did start the spring testing. The fixture was not... Read more
New fixture working great!
Time for an update. In the last update I was working on the tool that would clamp the individual workpieces independently. I am happy to report that it is working... Read more
Deburring success, Backbody machining fixture, first batch of refills..
The past week has brought many successes and only one major schedule hurdle.
The good news first:
As you can see in the video, the first back-body fixture is near... Read more
Machining of first set of front bodies complete
In my last update, I had started the machining of the front bodies. I am happy to say that is complete. Unfortunately not all 50 made it without damage. 2... Read more
Production has begun! First chips are flying!
So it was a long weekend! But I got the tooling completed and began cutting the front body of the pen. I had a bit more work to get the... Read more
Surveys have now all been sent out!
I just sent out the last of the surveys...
As I stated in some of the surveys. If you would like to wait to respond after you get a look... Read more
Planning, tools, and material acquisition
Time for an update! It has been just over a week since the project was funded. From here on out, I hope to provide weekly updates. I have spent this... Read more
$250 reward level update (last day deal!)
Since I am starting to get some interest in the $250 level reward. I will be including the machined spring option for free at that level. And you will be... Read more
Uniball 207 refill support
With 13 hours to go, I am happy to announce that I will be supporting the uniball 207 refill. But there are limitations. Since the uniball refill is larger in... Read more
Lower Canadian and Mexican Shipping rate
When I decided to set what the extra amount that would be needed for international shipment, I based my decision on the international small box flat shipping rate with the... Read more
Status with less than 2 days to go
First I want to attach a picture of a prototype liner for the case. It seems to me that a velvet liner with foam backing is the way to go... Read more
Color pens with threads cut & Serial number pens update
Check out the assembled color pen pics. And I also threw in a video that shows how I create the threads on a cnc milling machine.
Serial Numbered Pen... Read more
Some colors drying after anodize!
Just to give everyone a better idea of what the colors will look like. I have few prototype pieces that are drying. I will have to get some much better... Read more
Raising the Limit on $135 level reward!
I was amazed at the popularity of the $135 level reward. I had many backers who had wanted it but it sold out way too fast. So I looked at... Read more
You backers are great!!!!! In one day, we have received more pledges than ever before!!! Thank you all for helping me get to my goal! My job now is to... Read more
New limited reward level. Other status
I have added a new reward level that includes the machined spring! Get a 2 M3k pens with machined springs + 1 case + 2 Bonus refills for $135
This... Read more
Machined Spring Prototype Done!
The machined spring is complete. Check out the video.
Why the spring? Mostly because of the smooth feel you get when writing! And it does help that it is cool!... Read more
Add a spring to your existing limited reward!
After some careful consideration, I have decided to make the machined spring available for those with the limited pen reward. Just add $35 dollars to your existing reward, and I... Read more
Prototype Machined Case Complete!!!!!
A Case worthy of the the best pens!
I'm very proud of this new case. It is verysolid, looks good and the ultimate display case! It is machined from... Read more
Machined spring design complete.
Spring Analysis and 3D model complete
After a lot of analysis, I have finally settled on a spring design that I feel will work. I really tried to make the... Read more
First Anodized Pens Completed!
Blue and Clear anodize samples are done
Hope you like them.. If you look close at the threads on the blue pen, I have machined the threads after anodize was... Read more
New! Optional Lanyard Slot done!
As promised, I have finished machining 3 more prototype pens yesterday with a Lanyard slot. It should work with your typical camera/phone lanyards. This will be optional to all pen... Read more
New Reward + status update...
TWO Machined Springs Pen Reward!
I never had a reward that gave some kind of discount to get the machined spring pen. A potential backer asked me about adding a... Read more
New case design complete!
I am happy that so many have been able to support my project. As I stated in my video, I had planned on providing extras around... Read more