Woohoo!! 100% Funding Reached!
That's right, everyone! The T100 thruster is going to happen thanks to all of you! We are absolutely thrilled with the response that we have gotten and we hope to keep the momentum going!
Now we're announcing stretch goals!
Stretch Goal #1: Free Mounting Bracket If We Reach $40,000
Our first stretch goal is simple. If we reach $40,000, we will add a free mounting bracket to every thruster purchased through the "Early-Bird Thruster" or "Thruster" reward levels.
You do not need the mounting bracket to mount the thruster, but with the bracket there are more mounting options. It allows you mount the thruster to almost anything and in particular to flat surfaces like the bottom of a boat. Here's what the bracket looks like:
It has three sets of mounting holes: one set to mount it forward, one set to mount it sideways, and one set to mount it at 45 degree angles. It's long enough so that you can always use a screw driver to tighten the screws in the mounting holes at each end without bumping into the thruster. It also has optional cable holes that can be used to pass the cable through the bracket and into the hull of your vehicle. The cable holes are optional because they are built into the back of the bracket but don't go all the way through. If you want to use them, just complete the hole with a 1/4" drill bit.
Here's a few more (rendered) images so that you can see how it works:
Here's the real part made of injection molded plastic:
Hopefully we'll get to $40,000 soon and all thruster rewards will include mounting brackets for free! If not, and you still want one, they'll be available on our website.
Stretch Goal #2: You'll Find Out After We Hit Stretch Goal #1!
But, we can confidently say that this stretch goal is awesome and has the potential to change how you use the thruster and how you design your project. We've had the idea for this stretch goal since the beginning and we've been working on it alongside the thruster development. That said, it's not quite as far along as the thruster and we need to reach the stretch goal in order to fund its final development.
Stay tuned to hear about it!
Again, we want to give a huge thanks to all of our backers who have made this possible. We are absolutely thrilled and we are 100% committed to delivering the best products possible. That said, let's keep it moving! Please continue to spread the word and share with anyone who might be interested.
-Rusty, Joe, and Josh from BlueRobotics