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This project was successfully funded on December 23, 2011.
We've quite literally received a flood of messages mainly concerning the new material and a few other points that made a lot of sense. We thought we'd elaborate on our material selection and how it might effect the project in its entirety.
For those backers unfamiliar with the new material, Grivory™ is a co-polymer resin reinforced with either fiberglass or carbon fiber. Though the material is not very common on the market, it was actually developed as an aluminum substitute for high-precision and wear-tolerating properties. For those technically inclined with materials science, kindly view the datasheet here.
The most famous application for Grivory™ right now is for knife blades and various components that require heavy wear tolerance or high stress situations. Surface finishes for Grivory™ are literally endless. We will be going with Grivory™ GC4H which is 40% carbon fiber by volume. Needless to say, the newer parts are actually an upgrade over the previous aluminum and we forgive the confusion.
Tighter tolerance ensure high quality castings and parts with extremely high precision. Though we had originally planned to go with CNC milled aluminum, we have been strongly discouraged the 2nd time around as the sheer time it would take to mill each component is enough of a deterrent. We are extremely confident in our material selection as it offers much higher tolerances and precision as well as a level of wear resistance and shock resistance than originally planned.
A lot of backers might not be aware however that tooling for this process is actually extremely costly. There will be no plans to modify the prices of the units however one backer suggested that backers whom have vouched for a special edition black unit be given an incentive. We are EXTREMELY pro this solution and our team will be discussing the best way to handle this.
Additionally, any backer wishing to switch from a silver unit to a black unit may do so before April 30th (as was pointed out, it is only fair). You may simply send us a message or an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and your request. A confirmation will be sent upon receipt.
Note On finishes
A point of note on the finishes by using this new material/process is the level of control we have over finishes. Finishes will quite literally be much more durable and depending on the formulation, finishes will look and feel much better than simple anodizing. Surface finishes are being selected to provide that "pearl-beading" look, as well as the satin-esque feel.
Tooling begins next week. Your general feedback is something we take very seriously. As the "explosive" commenting has forced our hand (and we do understand the frustration), we'd like from our backers a simple choice:
1) Continue using the new material
2) NO! We want CNC Aluminum
Time to tally this up guys. At the end of the day, we're making these units for you and if it requires a little more effort on our behalf (25 hours our of 24?) or some collaboration with our backers to get you what you deserve, then we're definitely in.
Let the voting begin!