Hello to all our Kickstarter Backers, the factory that’s producing the reservoirs had a huge job to run for another customer so progress and updates from the factory has been slow over the past two weeks. The wait has been agonizing but thankfully the job was completed yesterday and we had a very productive teleconference with the owner today. Within the next couple weeks the die will be ready and we'll have some freshly cut parts for us to test out. Everything else is lined up and waiting on these pieces. Assuming the die cut part fits we should have production parts in-house and expect to begin shipping before the end of July.
We thought you’d like to know that we also made some great contacts at the Manufacturing and Design Expo here in Chicago last week. This means that going forward we have contacts that can make just about anything we could ever need and we will have backups in case of an emergency. Either way we know they will come in handy for our future aquarium building adventures which you all will be the first to know about!
We’d also like to thank you again for the support you’ve shown us during this start-up process. It's certainly been nerve-racking at times and we really do appreciate your patience and understanding that you're participating in the birth of an idea, the start of a new project, the beginning of a new business.
We will continue to pour our blood, sweat and tears into this project and have learned a tremendous amount about the new product development process of converting an idea into prototype and then a physical product reality. We have personally learned the definition of “Murphy’s Law”, which says that, “If anything can go wrong, it will!” We continue to invest the money we received through your sponsorship and far more than that from our own efforts and the efforts of those closely associated with our project.
Again, let us just assure you that we are meeting every challenge head on. We have overcome each new obstacle as it has arisen and we will not stop until we deliver an awesome self-cleaning aquarium to your door. Yes, our time, effort and costs have exceeded our expectations, but you, and we, will be proud of the finished product. And you will be especially proud of your participation in getting this venture off the ground.
For your continued trust and patience in us, we thank you.
David and Craig