The BreadBox is the world's first desktop circuit board maker — quickly and safely automating the etching process for makers! Read more
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on July 19, 2014.
About this project
...they might get a little jealous of all the custom parts you'll be making for your projects!
While breadboards are undeniably great for testing ideas, they're a tangled mess and far from permanent. However, up 'til now sending away for custom circuit boards was just way too time consuming and expensive, while etching PCBs in the family tupperware was a quick way to spend the night on the couch — or in the hospital if you weren't careful.
At a tiny 7in³, the BreadBox is the ultimate solution for the maker community — compact and elegant while keeping the users contact with chemicals at a minimum and delivering perfect custom boards at pennies on the dollar compared to breadboards.
We've spent hundreds of hours with chemist researching PCB etching to find the safest, quickest, and most predictable solution to turning maker projects into professional house-hold inventions. We want to take our prototype to the next level and here is how we plan to budget the funds.
However, we need your help to get this done!
Risks and challenges
"The best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry."
In our case, the word "often" is a little strong but we know we will experience some growing pains over the next year or so. We have worked day and night to minimize what we identify as our largest risks. We have secured quality electronic parts that will continue to fit in any model changes that may result from our beta teams feedback.
Also, since tooling can be quite costly, we have teamed up with the best: ProtoLabs in MN, USA to get our injection molding right the first time around.
Finally, if our Kickstarter does exceedingly well, we have committed to this project and our backers 100% and will push out these awards and take down post-Kickstarter pre-ordering if our backers feel it is impeding out ability to produce their rewards in a timely manner. And to top it off, we have applications on standby for makers who want to join our production team to avoid the common "too big, too fast" delay.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Funds will be collected when the BreadBox is being sent out.
We are currently working on negotiating deals with a few major global shipping companies. We have managed to make a few friends in the right places and are working on shipping deals that will save our backers tons of heartache and "wallet-ache" - especially our overseas supporters. We really wanted to include shipping prices at the time of project launch but it would have been way higher than what it will be when we seal the deal with our suppliers! As we get closer to funding (or seal a shipping deal - whichever comes first), we will be absolutely sure to let all of our backers know the estimated shipping costs we secured them!
Absolutely! We have additional types of copper blanks that are double sided. To do so, you would transfer your circuit onto both sides of the board (we have a template that ensures your design is straight which is extremely important for layered boards) and select the double-sided agitation program. The program is designed to run a little longer in order for the chemicals to eat away at the extra copper on the back of the board.
You sure can! We have been extremely successful by simply creating a larger contact area from one board to the other; however, just to be certain it is 100% percent reliable, we will be releasing a contact pin that fits nicely between the boards (almost like a mini pin that snaps into the two boards.
You can also use 3rd party pass-through vias found extremely cheap online. They can be used on both single and double-layer PCBs.
THE SUPPORTER: You will be one of the awesome supporters mentioned on our site and we will be eternally grateful. In addition, you will be one of the first to receive updates on our progress!Estimated delivery:
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THE ENTHUSIAST: In addition to the above, you will receive an awesomely-designed soft cotton tee in the color of your choosing. We will poll Enthusiast backers on whether to include backer names on the shirt. Shipping not included.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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THE SUPER EARLY BIRD: For being first, you'll get an awesome deal on the BreadBox. Includes everything you need to get started including the BreadBox, etching chemicals, starter guide, and 10 compatible PCB blanks (enough to make 30 Arduino UNO-sized circuits!) Shipping not included.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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THE EARLY BIRD: You will also be rewarded for acting fast. Includes everything you need to get started including the BreadBox, etching chemicals, starter guide, and 10 compatible PCB blanks (enough to make 30 Arduino UNO-sized circuits!) Shipping not included.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
GET THE BREADBOX: Includes everything you need to get started including the BreadBox, etching chemicals, starter guide, and 10 compatible PCB blanks (enough to make 30 Arduino UNO-sized circuits!) Shipping not included.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
THE INVENTOR: You love to make and we're right there with you! You will get the full BreadBox package plus 50 compatible PCB blanks (enough to make 150 Arduino UNO-sized circuits!) Shipping not included.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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THE ENTREPRENEUR: You will get absolutely everything! This includes the tee, BreadBox, etching chemicals and starter guide. PLUS, you will receive 100 compatible PCB blanks (enough to make over 300 Arduino UNOs!) ALSO, you will receive a signed, numbered, and framed print of the original BreadBox blueprints.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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