Frequently Asked Questions
Thanks to Per for this clarifying question. The refill is changed by simply unscrewing the back cap and spring plunger; or, unscrewing the pen body and back cap and then unscrewing the spring plunger. Both the Pen Body and Back Cap have inner threads which are completely concrete! (This is innovative)
The spring plunger is screwed into these threads. One can screw the spring plunger into the back cap first then screw them both into the pen body—or vice versa. I prefer screwing the plunger to body first so I can gauge the spring tension that holds the refill securely in place. This is somewhat of a hidden feature.
Depending on the length of the refill, the tension can be slightly controlled to adjust the ink-refill movement; or, used to provide a slight spring-tension (much like shocks on a vehicle). If you've used Hi-Tec C Cavalier, such movement is similar. However, I do not list it as a feature because this will vary on the type of ink-refill used. The standard to expect is that the ink refill is held firmly inside by way of the spring plunger.Last updated:
In some refills, I've noticed the magnets to have an influence on "holding" the refill. Most of the refills slide out of the pen with ease. Some refills stick to the magnet. Some slide out with a flick and others need a little prodding with a paper clip or toothpick. I'd like to compile a list, which highlights the unique ways in which they interact in the pen. This will likely be published later down the road.
However, the sole purpose of the magnets is to securely hold the Pen Cap. They are also used to attract the Contribute Button and Contribute Case Cover. They are fun to play with as well!Last updated:
My Estimated Delivery can be summed up by this principal: Delight not delay. A single batch of pens will take approximately 20 days to complete. Kickstarter support will determine the number of forms I'll be able to make. Multiple batches will be produced in unison to maximize time efficiency. Concrete production is like making a fine wine, there are many stages and each deserves it's special time and attention.
If you want to understand more details of everything that goes into setting my estimated delivery here it goes:
1) I'm depending on my machinist to manufacture my forms. He writes his own tooling programs and he has consistent workflow. I technically have 4 different forms that I'm asking him to program and manufacture. He's already created the program for the button housings and those will only take a day or two to cut.
Although my goal is to produce 250 pens, determining the exact demand is necessary in calculating the remainder of my production variables.
2) Every pen needs, at the very least, 2 days in the form before they are able to be safely de-molded. This is another factor that makes determining the pen quantity-demand crucial before being able to specifically select a ship date.
If a single form only supports 12 pen castings and I can only pour 12 every 2 days, you can see how this will take too much time.
3) Another curing test comparison is needed to determine how long the pens need to cure in order to have a fully optimized strength and ductility. The prototypes have provided me with a baseline; however, until I manufacture the forms to obtain a consistent sample, I can not calculate the specific number of days in the curing process.
The pens will continue to harden beyond the time I designate for curing, but I want to make sure they are very well equipped to maintain their structural integrity during extreme use conditions and that they will be dry enough to complete the polishing and sealing stage.
The concrete curing test durations are 3, 7, 14, & 28 days. The baseline schedule I have calculated is 14 days.
The curing factor is what has demanded most of my patience. That's why it has taken me a full year to perfect this mix design. Now that I've established some known variables about these production variables, I set the the ship date appropriately.
I could have set a date sooner and that may be a greater incentive for you, but I rather not make decisions that are based on un-known variables and variables out of my control. In this light, you and I are in a similar predicament :-)
Based on my experiences working with tool manufactures, they need at least a month, more like 2 or 3 to complete the work order.
Although standard, the spring plungers and magnets will need to be manufactured. The magnets are made in China because the U.S. is not mining for neodymium right now and only one company in the U.S. that makes my magnets, is not in production right now. My magnet supplier is not working with the U.S. company.
Spring plungers are manufactured in China as well, but my supplier is in the midwest. So, I wanted to provide enough time for everyone else to ship those pieces of the puzzle.
Lately, it seems like every new product I've backed on Kickstarter has gone several months beyond their estimated ship date. Twine, Titanium Pen, Genie, Scanbox all estimated dates went several months beyond the estimates. But, that's why Kickstarter calls this "estimated". It is difficult to create new systems on a pre-determined timeline, which is dependent upon variables that need to flex with real time circumstances.
I could have set a faster date to incentivize backer support because a lot of people want instant gratification. I'm actually the opposite as a backer on Kickstarter. I like not knowing when my rewards are going to ship. And, I don't care if the estimate is 2 years down the road. I like supporting projects from their start and I like to be surprised.
Essentially, given the current Holiday season, I set my delivery date 9 months from funding. In my backer experience, most projects I've supported have shipped 10+ months after funding.
My estimated date provides me with a confident plan to have your pen in hand by then. My effort is based on my goal to ship them much sooner than estimated.
I'm thankful for your trust that I will produce concrete products of the most exceptional and rare quality. Prepare to own something special.Last updated:
Your pledge amount includes Worldwide shipping. However, it does not include customs or duties cost your country might charge. From what I researched, duty cost is about 5% of the price paid for goods. In order to streamline the shipping and delivery process, I can not pay for any duty tax your country may require.
As the "importer" you are responsible for all customs, tax, brokerage, and/or duties imposed by your respective government. Please contact your local customs office for further information.Last updated:
Maybe for an ant, but the pen is relatively light. It weighs about 1.6 oz which is equivalent to 3.5 contractor type pencils, you know the rectangle ones. The Contribute Pen is approximately .80 oz lighter than some stainless steel pens on the market. It is a very comfortable weight—not too light & not too heavy.Last updated:
As you know, concrete is rigid. Traditionally, it has not been able to be very ductile or flexible. With the development of high tech raw materials, concrete is able to be made to obtain greater flexibility. Each concrete mix is designed to meet the particular demands it's being asked to perform. All concrete is designed specifically for the conditions which are unique to the given project cost, environment, and structural design.
I've designed a special concrete to withstand common forces associated with the wear and tear the pen sees everyday. I've made the concrete very strong and increased its ductility to prevent shattering and breaking. (Also Innovative) As far as I know, the Contribute Pen is the first of its kind.
For those rough and tumble world travelers and hallway brawlers, I've designed the Contribute Case to ensure that your Contribute Pen ages gracefully and can be passed on for generations to come.Last updated:
The Contribute Pen is extremely durable & will hold up to its intended use. Dropping the pen on the floor will not be a problem. I posted this question in light of the belief that everything can "break". In the context of extreme scenarios, the following applies:
Unlike aluminum and steel, concrete is easily repairable. Normal wear and tear are not a problem for your Contribute Pen. You may find over time and use that your Contribute Pen has a very tiny crack or two. These would be "micro-cracks" caused from the shrinkage and expansion of concrete when exposed to moist, dry, hot, and cold conditions. Or, they may be caused from sudden high-impact forces like, dropping a 50 pound bag of books on it.
Micro-cracks should not effect the performance of your pen, but are marks which show the experiences you have introduced the pen to. Using engineered materials I've minimized such possible cracking. If high-impact forces like dropping it from a two story building or stomping on it like a toddler throwing a tantrum, the pen will likely break or crack. Under those type of severe scenarios a little epoxy can mend the fracture.
If you are concerned that cracks have weakened the structural performance of you pen, you may ship it to me and I will repair the cracks for a small cost. The repair will strengthen that area of your pen, but it will also change the appearance of your pen, which I tend to like.
Each pen will take on unique patina and will respond differently to the conditions you put it through. The vulnerability of concrete is its tensile and flexural strength. Playing pencil war with it is not recommended; although, it could withstand a several battle rounds.
The making of the Contribute Pen involves a very technical and precise process. It undergoes such a process in order to withstand breaking from typical dropping forces. To give you an idea of the strength and durability of my concrete, Chris, Alan, & I created this video: http://www.faddisdesign.com/persevere-vaseLast updated:
Like other magnetized products, if the Contribute Pen rolls next to the edge of your Macbook, it can cause the laptop to sleep. When the pen touches the edge, I've experienced both causing and not-causing the Macbook to sleep. Causing your device to sleep will depend on where it is placed next to the laptop.
Because magnets are used in your monitor to tell the computer to sleep, the magnets in the pen are strong enough to trick your laptop into thinking you closed the monitor. The magnets pull force is not very strong and should not harm your electronic devices.
However, I state this belief with limited knowledge and experience. I have not completed numerous tests with every electronic device which exists. I encourage you to use these products at your own risk and with caution. I am not responsible for how you use these products.Last updated:
As with all magnets, you should use Caution. If you have or are near someone who has electronic health care devices you should use caution and follow the instructions of your health care provider.
I believe that the pull force of the magnets in Faddis Design products are much less than the pull force doctors use to work with heart monitors and other personal health devices.
However, I have no expertise as to the validity or credibility of my belief-statement. They may or may not effect such devices. I do not know or presume to know how these products will effect such devices and suggest you use caution.
Thus, you use these magnetized products at your own risk and should use Caution. I am not responsible for how you use Faddis Design products which are magnetized and/or not magnetized.
Prior to the use of these products, you ought to determine the "safety, suitability, and fitness" of the products for their intended use. As Faddis Design, the manufacture, or seller assume no liability arising from the misuse of the products.Last updated:
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