Ferroflow - The First Fully Automatic Ferrofluid Sculpture
UPDATE 1: $20,000 Stretch Goal Unlocked: GOLD
UPDATE 2: GOLD and PURPLE mini displays added:
Techdirt: "Great desk toy or Greatest desk toy?"
Need a little excitement at work?
Every now and then you need a little distraction from staring at your monitor for hours on end, and Ferroflow is your answer! Just touch it to turn it on and enjoy the display as it moves ferrofluid around in cool and unique ways, automatically. The spikes and fluid motions will provide just the break you're looking for, and good luck keeping your coworkers away.
What you'll get:
This display is smaller than Ferroflow but still showcases the cool properties of ferrofluid and is very fun to play with. It comes with 2 magnets and free US shipping.
For only $10 more you will receive a mini display with your choice of PURPLE color-shifting ferrofluid or GOLD ferrofluid:
Exclusively for our kickstarter backers we've added a second color option of PURPLE Ferrofluid. The colors shift from black to gold to a deep purple as the light reflects off of it. This is a unique ferrofluid color combination only available with Ferroflow.
Stretch Goal #1: GOLD Ferroflow
If we meet our first stretch goal of $20,000 in funding we are going to make available a GOLD version of Ferroflow for the same $265 pledge level as the purple.
We're also offering a discounted combo pack that includes the GOLD Ferroflow and mini display for $280:
I first discovered ferrofluid several years ago and immediately knew that I had to find a way to showcase it in a desktop display. It's a unique black magnetic liquid created by NASA that reacts in very cool ways when exposed to magnetic fields. I started designing prototypes to showcase this amazing substance in the best way possible and spent over a year perfecting the design and patent pending technology to make it happen.
The first few prototypes weren't very attractive but allowed me to fine tune the design and technology behind it.
With the latest prototype I was able to achieve the clean design I was looking for by replacing the buttons on the front with a capacitive touch circuit, just like on a touch-sensitive lamp.
Ferroflow is the first fully automatic ferrofluid display, and to turn it on or off you simply touch any part on the top half.
When it's on you can turn the knob to adjust the speed of the movements from slow to fast, and even when it's off you can still turn the knob to move the ferrofluid manually. It's truly a work of art that has to be seen in person to appreciate it.
A clean and beautiful design was our main concern with Ferroflow, and it is constructed using premium materials and beautiful finishes including T8 anodized aluminum, lab quality glass and a stainless steel base.
The fit and finish of Ferroflow is on par with a swiss watch and makes for the ultimate executive desk display. You won't be able to take your eyes off of it.
There is also alot of advanced technology packed inside of Ferroflow. Ferroflow is able to generate such strong magnetic fields by using a large N52 rare earth magnet with over 50 pounds of lifting force. We originally tried building ferroflow using an electromagnet but found that it would require LOTS of power and would be very large to generate the fields we required. The rare earth magnet works great, but took alot of engineering and a very powerful servo motor to raise and lower it.
One of the biggest challenges when working with ferrofluid is that it breaks down in the presence of almost any other liquid and very easily stains glass. We worked extensively with the experts at CZFerro to develop a proprietary suspension liquid for us that guarantees long life, and we put lots of time into developing a display that will stay spiky and beautiful for a long time.
Ferroflow is powered by a standard 5v wall adapter, however the lensing effect of the glass makes the cord invisible when viewed from the front.
If you're not close to a power outlet you can also power Ferroflow from your laptop's usb port, simply plug in the included usb power adapter to any usb port and enjoy Ferroflow from any location!
We have our designs finalized and ready for production. We also have manufacturers in place and we need your help to buy injection molds for the plastic parts (we're 3D printing each piece now) and to place larger parts orders to bring the prices down.
Ferroflow was 100% designed and built here in the US, and your support will help bring more jobs to the local community
If you're looking for the ultimate tech gift for someone special (or yourself) get one at the early backers discount price! We'll deliver these first, and get the rest shipped out as soon as we finish assembling them. We'll also keep you updated every step of the way.
Here is our delivery plan
- September/October - finish Kickstarter campaign, order parts and injection molds
- November - receive parts and start fine tuning injection molds
- December - finalize injection molds and begin producing plastic parts
- January - receive all parts in house and begin final assembly
- February - begin shipping out finished Ferroflow units as they're completed (early backers will ship first).
- March/April - Finish shipping out all Ferroflow units to backers.
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Backing This Project
Backing our Kickstarter is simple and secure. Just log into your Kickstarter account or create one and click the green "Back This Project" button at the top of this page. Enter your pledge amount and select a reward tier. Submit your payment info and that's it! You should receive a confirmation email moments after you submit the form. Kickstarter accepts debit or credit cards (Visa, Mastercard or American Express) and all payments are in US dollars. Your card will not be charged unless the campaign is successful and after it ends on September 25th. Thanks for your support!
Risks and challenges
Manufacturing: We've worked very hard to make sure that this campaign will be a success and that the units will be delivered on time and with no issues. We have all manufacturers in place for parts orders and even have backups in place for each one should they not come through or have delays.
Production: As Ferroflow gets geared up for production there may be some minor adjustments to improve the final product. Pre-production prototypes are finalized and we've already begun testing and refining the product to allow for ultimate reliability. Any changes will always be for the benefit of you, the consumer, and we will let you know exactly how and why any are made. We will be completely transparent throughout the whole process and keep you updated every step of the way.
Fulfillment: Sometimes things happen that can’t be planned for: a shipment gets lost, a machine breaks or something of the sort. We will be working with manufacturers who have years of experience delivering excellent products in tremendous quantities.
Each pledge will bring us one step closer to our goal of making Ferroflow a reality. Help us get Ferroflow into production and bring more jobs to our local community by clicking the ‘Back This Project’ button at the top of the page, or by helping us spread the word by sharing our page. THANK YOU for your help!
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