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Emulates an orchid’s natural environment (humid with air mov't) for easy care & maximum enjoyment in your home & office.
Emulates an orchid’s natural environment (humid with air mov't) for easy care & maximum enjoyment in your home & office.
30 backers pledged $4,989 to help bring this project to life.

$75 and $95 Pledge Levels Have Shipped!

The $75 Pledge Level and $95 Pledge Level orders were shipped out today!  Everyone has been notified with their tracking number and estimated delivery date, where applicable.

Below are a few photos for you.  I apologize in advance for the terrible photo quality.  I took these with my iPod in a rush as we prepared to get everything shipped today.

The first photo is one of the 12" vivariums undergoing its final testing.  We test each and every vivarium for air movement (is the fan working properly, is air circulating even if you can't feel an air current, is the housing sealed tight, etc.) and water leakage before shipment to make sure everything is in proper working order.

The second photo is a close up of the logo and "Kickstarter Limited Edition" engraving (and yes, the water bubbles are normal and not an indicator of leakage).  We'd love feedback on how this looks!

Last is one of the 8" vivariums ready to be packaged for shipping.  In keeping with our design concepts and goals for the vivariums, we wanted to keep the product packaging simple and inexpensive.  Wrapping in thick white rolled paper not only follows our design principle of simplicity, but also adds another layer of protection in shipping.  Until we can afford more earth-friendly packaging (both product and shipping packaging) that will still protect the acrylic, we wrap the vivariums in bubble wrap and place in thick corrugated boxes for shipment.

Have a great weekend!

Seth & Rachel

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$25 pledge level fulfilled and Remaining Production in Process

We thought you would enjoy a couple photos of our production process as we continue to put in 12-15 hour days to get the 8" and 12" vivariums out on schedule.  There have been a lot of hiccups along the way, including the fact that our laser cutter isn't square (anyone who has done wood working knows what a headache this is!), the laser was cutting at an angle instead of straight down, and we were over $1,000 short of what we needed to complete our shop set up, to name a few.  We almost broke even on the purchase of the laser cutter and materials, but had to come up with the extra cash needed for everything else (like additional tools, tables, and materials in quantities large enough to order).  Lesson learned!

BUT, the good news is that our shop is completely set up, and we are pretty sure we have worked out the major kinks with the laser cutter.  The pledge levels up through the $25 level have been fulfilled, with the custom thank-you plaques mailed out on August 9th. 

Speaking of the custom thank-you plaques, designing and laser cutting these was a pretty awesome experience and a great way to "get to know" our new machinery.  The laser cutter came with a surprisingly low amount of information for actual projects, so it took over a week of experimentation (read: lots of wasted material) to get everything to work right - but we finally got it!  Fortunately, we already owned some premium design software to allow us to design it and experiment the way we needed to.  What you see in the photo below is a laser cut image of an orchid, our logo, and a thank you message.  The engraving was inverted so that it would be on the back of the acrylic.  I hand made (well, I used my sewing machine for part of it) the velvet bags and fashioned a green draw string for a pretty presentation.  Tell us what you think in the comments!

The other photos below show the acrylic in process.  First, you can see our stacks of clear acrylic 2'x4' sheets that have been cut with our saw down to a size the laser cutter can handle.  Then, we use a layout program to help us determine how to get the most parts out of the acrylic in the laser cutter. 

Next is the laser cutter in action.  Unfortunately, the laser cutter isn't saving us as much time as we had hoped, but it is invaluable for creating accurate sized parts, the really tiny pieces (like the 5.25"x0.25" pieces and the 1.75"x1.00" pieces) and eliminating the need for window screen in the acrylic.  We can actually create a "screen" in the acrylic itself, which makes it smoother and eliminates any possibility of fruit flies (often used as feeder bugs) escaping through the screen.  How cool is that (yes, we are geeking out over here... just a little bit :).

Finally, you can see our growing finished acrylic parts.  The amount may look small, but what is hard to tell from the photo is that there are over a hundred parts in the bags and baskets on this table!  Each vivarium back (the pieces on the far left in the photo), with the laser-cut screen, took over half an hour to complete in the laser cutter.  

So, we are feeling pretty confident that the 8" and 12" Vivarium ONLY orders will be shipped next week.  We are waiting on final orchid choices from a couple people, but if we don't get those by Monday, we will go ahead and make the orchid order so that we can hopefully ship all the 8" and 12" KITS either Monday, September 3 or Tuesday, September 4 to guarantee live arrival of the orchids. 

Sorry for the long post, but I hope you enjoy the photos and the update!  Have a great weekend!

Seth & Rachel

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Black or Clear Back Option for 8" and 12" Vivariums

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Surveys and Orchids for 8" and 12" Kits

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Ordering and Setting Up!

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