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Unveiled at 2012 Maker Faire, these Amazing Mechanical Flip Books stole the show. Now we've developed a kit so you can build your own!
Unveiled at 2012 Maker Faire, these Amazing Mechanical Flip Books stole the show. Now we've developed a kit so you can build your own!
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      Guy Zamir on

      Purchased it in 2012 never got it .Still waiting .Help!!!!

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      helder on

      FINALLY it came....to portugal.... this is just like delivering a baby hehehe
      Thanks Jorg for the update..
      thanks
      helder

    3. Jörg on

      Got my smartduino FlipBookit today! I'm located in Germany if that information is of some help to European pledgers. We will put them together this weekend ;) Although a bit late I'm happy with the professional shipment of the items. Sadly some other Kickstarter projects never arrived (Pebble).

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      helder on

      i see some of you guys are already receiving the smartduino pledges, i guess i still have to wait patiently since i am located in Portugal, one more week to come and then customs... just to make sure did you ship all your pledges already!?
      i just can't wait to get my hands on my kit...
      helder

    5. Leeann on

      Love, love my flipbookit moto. I had so much fun putting it together! The instructions were clear and the videos were a great supplement. You guys have done such an incredible job so far - thank you! I'd love to order extra flip cards (waltz & mechanical heart) but it looks like you're all sold out. Any idea when those might be back in stock? Thanks again, and keep up the great work.

    6. shinymind 3-time creator on

      By the way Smart-Duino folks, don't snip off your motor connectors, they plug into the circuit board!

    7. shinymind 3-time creator on

      Hi Brad, The Smart-Duinos are shipping in two parts.
      We couldn't bare having you guys wait around for a little circuit board while you could be getting acquainted with the rest of the kit. So we sent out the FlipBooKit portions of the orders last week (and sent y'all an update). We're expecting the PCB's to come in today and will post an update about it soon!

    8. Brad Wendkos on

      Hello, I just recd my $298 reward and the box does not contain the smart-duino controller?

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      pocky on

      Appreciate all the work done and keeping me updated, got the flipbook now, Thank you

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      pocky on

      Hello, i also still haven't receive anything yet, i have submitted the survey since 21/11/2012.
      Please email me for any update. Thx

    11. Mike Battle on

      Hello, I still haven't received my kits.
      Please contact me.
      Thank you,
      -Mike

    12. shinymind 3-time creator on

      Isudock - It appears that you did not fill out the survey which would have given us access to your mailing address. Because of this, your kit hasn't gone out yet. Please email us with your information to customersupport@flipbookit.com. Thanks.

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      lsudock on

      It's been great to see the progress you all have made.
      When can I expect to receive my kit?

    14. shinymind 3-time creator on

      Hi Everyone. Sorry for the delay, we are on the road in London at the Kinetica Arts Fair.
      I'll answer as many of these questions as I can.
      In general, I can tell you that these kits were complicated to manufacture and a few mistakes just happened.
      i hope these responses help.
      -Mark

      Q: I only received 16 rivets. The missing rivet acts like a washer for the spindle...
      A: Sorry about that Ariel, you should have received 17 screw-rivets 8 male female pairs and an one extra female. Email us and we'll gladly send you the missing female for the spindle screw. In the mean time, sacrifice a box rivet which is less essential and you should be up and running.

      Q: I didn't receive the brass bushing mentioned in the video.
      A: Yes, we were going go with an ornamental bronze bushing and had to change it up - please see the comment below.

      Q: I received a wooden handle with my Kit, not sure what it's purpose is.
      A: It is a handle that is mounted to the bottom-center of the FlipBooKit. One of our backers noticed that some people with small hands have a hard time holding the box. We loved his idea for adding a handle and searched high and low for an affordable effective solution. After we found one, we decided to add it to the Steampunk series because it nicely matched the aesthetic. It's easy to install:
      The "T" screw and washer are inserted down through the inside of the box and the handle is then screwed in at the bottom. Adding a large diameter fender washer helps make it more stable.

      Q: The crank handle screw is too thick seems impossible to thread through without breaking the plastic.
      A: All the Steampunk crank handle holes should have been tapped for a 6-32 screw. It's possible that yours slipped through our production line without getting tapped. Making that hole (very slightly) larger with a small drill bit will help you get that screw in. Contact us by email if you are really stuck with that.

      5. Assembly tools were not included but mentioned as part of the reward. Were they left out completely or did I just not get mine.
      A: I wish we could afford to send you all screwdrivers and pliers and scissors. In fact, I wish we made a profit on the Dr. Steampunk! You guys got a great deal on this reward. We did provide adhesive tape, sandpaper, blank cards and labels and online instructions and an online "maker-tool".

      Q: The flipper stop or whatever it is called (the brass piece that goes inside on the top to hold the cards up) broke in half during bending. Is there anyway I could buy another or maybe the plain one that comes with the regular kit? Without this delicate piece, the kit doesnt work right, the pages just fall over in varying speeds..
      A: We have seen some of the inner tabs on the flip-stops break off. That seems to be an occasional flaw in our etch process - but it won't really affect your FlipBooKit at all when you have the motor engaged. The flipper will break in half if you bend it back and forth on the main bend line (it can only handle one 90º bend. If yours did break, please send us an email.

      Q: I thought all kits were supposed to come with a second spindle assembly? Did I misunderstand something?
      A: Steve Wu was correct below. The Dr. Steampunk uses a special modded spindle, it just didn't make any sense to add a spindle to that package. But take comfort in that fact the you've received our highest value limited-edition kit for a small fraction of the price we've been selling them at.

      Q:. The Long Brass #4-40 Crank Pulley screw is too small in diameter to thread into the spindle properly. I can push the screw all the way down through the pulley into the spindle with my thumb using very little effort and the standard steel screw is too short to reach the spindle with the brass rivet in place.
      A: Hmmm... That screw should fit perfectly. Better contact us by email.

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      Justin Butler on

      Any anwesers for the rest of the questions and concerns?

      Right now I would love for this kit to have worked but with out the crank handle, the piece to stop the pages from falling down, and the fact that the screw in the crank handle that holds the wheel to the spindle keeps unscrewing itself with the motor on makes this a useless box filled with scrap plastic and brass. Please try to help us out here, obviously you are reading the comments, why ignore them?

    16. shinymind 3-time creator on

      Hi guys.
      We did plan on sending a single brass bushing for the opposite side of the crank. We thought that it would look nice there. 
      As is turned out a large number of the bronze bushings that we acquired for that purpose didn't fit our axle properly and they caused more friction than the original plastic bushings that were already part of the kit. In addition, they just didn't add to the aesthetics as much as we had hoped. Sorry we weren't more up front about this. We were obsessed with just getting the kits out the door in the best state that was possible.

    17. Ariel Rodriguez
      Superbacker
      on

      Hello,

      I received my Dr. Steampunk Kit today and I also had a few issues I ran into while I was assembling it.

      1. I only received 16 rivets. The missing rivet acts like a washer for the spindle, without it the spindle stays too loose to function properly.
      2. I didn't receive the brass bushing mentioned in the video.
      3. I received a wooden handle with my Kit, not sure what it's purpose is.
      4. The crank handle screw is to thick seems impossible to thread through without breaking the plastic.
      5. Assembly tools were not included but mentioned as part of the reward. Were they left out completely or did I just not get mine.

      Please help, otherwise it looks great. Can't wait to use it.

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      Steve Wu on

      I think instead of the brass bushing (which I'd prefer) they replaced it with a cover plate. The larger 2012 gear with the 2 screw holes.

      I also wondered about the second spindle but i don't think a second spindle would really be helpful with the way the kit is assembled. The spindle assembly as it is designed isn't made to be swappable.

      To swap the spindle would require you to remove the crank assembly and pull out the keyed "D" shaft. I did this a couple times when troubleshooting the assembly and had to use pliers to pull the shaft out with pliers. Even being careful, using the pliers deformed the end of the shaft. Repeated disassembly would most likely make the shaft unusable after a handful of times.

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      Justin Butler on

      I received my Dr. Steampunk yesterday also. My questions/comments:

      1. I also didnt recieve the brass bushing mentioned in the video.
      2. The motor works fine with the three batteries.
      3. Same problem as below with the crank handle. I gave up trying to thread it in the hole as it is too large, I feel like it will just break the plastic if I try any more with it.
      4. The flipper stop or whatever it is called (the brass piece that goes inside on the top to hold the cards up) broke in half during bending. Is there anyway I could buy another or maybe the plain one that comes with the regular kit? Without this delicate piece, the kit doesnt work right, the pages just fall over in varying speeds..
      5. I thought all kits were supposed to come with a second spindle assembly? Did I missunderstand something? "For all flipbookit backers that pledged for any flipbookit variation, we’ve included an extra spindle in every flipbookit reward unit."

      Hopefully you can chime in on some of these questions and concerns.

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      Steve Wu on

      I received my Dr. Steampunk kit today and spent the better part of the evening trying to put it together. Here are a couple comments/questions.

      1. I did not receive the Left side Brass bushing mentioned in the installation video.

      2. The battery pack I received is for 3 AA battery not 2 as shown in the installation video and Motor Upgrade Instructions on your website. Will the extra battery effect the speed of the motor?

      3. The Long Brass #4-40? Crank Pulley screw is too small in diameter to thread into the spindle properly. I can push the screw all the way down through the pulley into the spindle with my thumb using very little effort and the standard steel screw is too short to reach the spindle with the brass rivet in place.

      4. The brass stud for the crank handle seemed a little too thick in diameter. I finally got it to thread but there were times I felt like I was going to brake/crack or simple wear down the plastic on center hub on the crank pulley. Also, the stud was about 1/2" too long. I simply cut it down to size but this may be a problem for those that don't have a bolt cutter handy.

      Thought I share this with you and the rest of the group.

    21. Elena Anaya Carter on

      I'd like to make a minor suggestion (I might even try to mod it myself). My 1 yr old loves to spin the crank, but he also likes putting his fingers in the way of the spinning cards. If the spinner and dial were moved back a little bit more, I could attach a clear piece of plastic for the fourth side so he couldn't rip the cards out.

    22. shinymind 3-time creator on

      Hi Jeroen - We just sent an email directly to you with more info. Apologies for the delay.

    23. Jeroen Huttinga  on

      I have repeatedly asked about my shipment by eMail but no reply sofar.

      Please get back to me as soon as feasible.

      Regards Jeroen Huttinga

    24. Caitlin Fisher on

      I still haven't received my flipbook -- I resent my info. a few weeks ago. Should I be worried? caitlin at yorku .ca
      Please let me know -- I'd send a private message but i can't find any contact info. on this page...

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      Larry Kenney on

      I gave my FlipBooKit to my wife on Valentine's Day. I had recorded myself saying 'I love you' in sign language with a webcam and converted it using the online video upload tool. The end result was not perfect, but the conversion process went smooth. I just wish I had given myself more time to tweak the individual pictures. The only real glitch I ran into was that I first tried to upload a .WMV formatted video - this didn't work with the online conversion tool and resulted in garbage output. I converted my .WMV to a .AVI before uploading it and it worked fine. A big thanks to the entire FlipBooKit team for this awesome project, and for helping me make such a unique Valentine's Day gift for my wife!

      Larry

    26. William Bullock on

      Mine arrived yesterday (in Australia) took quite a while to get here, considering I got shipping confirmation 17th January. My advice for those waiting, be patient and it should be there soon. Quite easy to set up, a good idea to use the video instructions, particularly for the metal screw bit. Also, make sure you choose the correct "stubby axle".
      Works a treat, thanks guys.

    27. The JJ on

      Cyprus calling....sooooo jealous - no flipbook :( still waiting. I am twiddling my thumbs as to double as my flipbookit...not the same *sigh* ....flipbookit....oh where can you be....

    28. Daisuke Yamada on

      last week i got mine in Singapore. However, screw rivets were missing. How do i get ?

    29. fernando vianna on

      I just got my flipbook in Brazil and I must say it is sensational.
      Excellent finishing excellent and works perfectly. I only have good things to say about it. Congratulations!

    30. royblumenthal on

      I just noticed a comment about the parts being poorly machines, too small, too easy to drop. I noticed no faults whatsoever. My rivets all screwed together easily. My pieces all fit perfectly. The instructions were well written, easy to follow, clear, and thorough. If I saw this in a museum shop, I'd buy five or six, cos they're amazing, interactive, educational, and encourage creativity. The engineering and design thought put into these 'toys' is amazing. Bravo!

    31. royblumenthal on

      My FlipBooKit arrived in South Africa last week. I left it unassembled for a few days, and then spent a happy six or ten minutes putting it together. You guys have created something marvellous. That is, something to create marvel. What an amazing project. Thank you for making it. May great things come of this for you. Blue skies, Roy

    32. Barry White on

      Turned up today, took a while longer because customs decided to check it

    33. Scott S. on

      @Gary Once again, you know nothing about me, and apparently, you are just trying to start an argument. So, I will do what I usually do when I encounter immature people with a sense of entitlement trying to start an argument about something they have no clue about. I will ignore you. Good day.

    34. Barry White on

      still waiting on mine said was shipped on the 11th of jan, 4 weeks. is it coming by boat?

    35. John Falcon
      Superbacker
      on

      Have they all been shipped because I'm still waiting form mine?

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      Gary on

      @ Scott,
      You put quite a lot of thought into your post I'm sure. But gift giving is the least of the problems associated with your church.
      Not because I'm that guy, but because YOU'RE that guy.

    37. Evaristo Ramos on

      Rivets found! Wahoo putting it together now :)

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      Nick Meers on

      Steampunk - STILL no picture?
      c'mon guys, you always look like you're having a wonderful time in your vids, hanging out in glorious Venice, and I am always wondering if any work gets done out there....
      it HAS been a very long time since I pledged you a pile of money on the understanding that you would fulfil your promises, but I am beginning to feel ignored over here on the other side of the world....
      Steampunk - where is it please?
      (and I hope it comes in a beautiful elaborate box too)

    39. Joe Raymond on

      Say, can anyone confirm that ALL orders were supposed to have shipped? Including the SMART-DUINO FLIPBOOKIT? The last update made it sound like everyone's supposedly had, but there were several comments about people not getting their confirmation emails or address surveys, which I never did either. I sent a message to shinymind a week ago asking but never heard back. Thanks!

    40. Billy Gove on

      Thanks for the nice package I open up the envelope and everything just falls on the floor Nice Job no box? Whatever I got I guess Just in time for Next Christmas :(

    41. Scott S. on

      @Gary OK, so you want to be THAT guy? Fine, I can play that game too. But first things first. Don't go talking about my beliefs as if you know what they are because you, Sir, no nothing about me. The fact that I am talking about Christmas means nothing, nor does it give somebody like you the right to act as if you are in any way better than me. Frankly, I don't care if you spit gold, you are nobody to me.

      So, with that being said. Christmas. You want the full story? Pay close attention cause here it goes (or at least all the stuff that really matters anyways). The date of December 25 was chosen because, like everything else in Christianity, early leaders tried to compromise on how best to both introduce it and get people to practice it. So when it came to picking the day of celebration for the Lord's birthday, they decided on the last day of the Roman Pagan holiday of Saturnalia, a week-long holiday celebrating the God Saturn and embracing lawlessness. So the use of mistletoe is a combination of two different practices, a nod to both sexual indiscretion during Saturnalia and the sacrificial cult of the Druids. The practice of putting up a tree was stolen from the Pagan Asheira cult, which worshipped trees in the forest and then cut them down, took them home and decorated them. Gift giving got its start as a form of punishment of sorts imposed on the most despised of citizens of ancient Rome by the Emperor. It was later adopted by the Church.

      Saint Nick, or Santa Claus, was was born as Nicholas in Parara, Turkey in 270 CE. He later became Bishop of Myra. He passed in 345 CE and was not named a Saint until the 19th century. He helped create the New Testament - in which the original text cast Jews as “the children of the devil” for sentencing Jesus to death. His bones were transported to Bari, Italy in 1087 by a group of sailors, where his remains replaced those of The Grandmother, or Pasqua Epiphania, an elderly female gift-giver that was known to fill the stockings of children. The group responsible for the desecration of the shrine and the placement of Nicholas within it instead, began the practice of exchanging gifts during an annual celebratory pageant on December 6, in honor of the death of their idol. The cult and their practices began spreading, eventually reaching Germany and the other Celtic regions where the gods Woden, Thor, Balder and Tiw were worshipped as well. This is when Nicholas grew a beard, began riding a flying horse and began wearing heavy winter clothing. When the Catholic Church began incorporating pagan religious beliefs in an attempt to win over converts, they convinced many followers that Nicholas delivered his gifts on December 25 (not the 6th).

      So, in response to your unspoken question, I know the full meaning behind where Christmas originated. But, the important thing to note is that it is now, in modern day and age, and for the last 2 millenia, been a day to commemorate the birth of Jesus. Period. It was not thought up over 2000 years ago just so that people in the year 2012 and beyond could brutalize one another on message boards or so that businesses could shamefully self-promote their products. So, while its origins may be somewhat sketchy, that has no bearing on the fact that it is not all about the gift.

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      Elizabeth Beverly on

      Sent an email yesterday with the same info as this, but want to cover my bases! Received the kit a little over a week ago and assembled it a couple days ago without a hitch. It's a mechanical MARVEL! However, I do have a quality control issue. A portion of the cardboard casing that had been "pre-scored" to facilitate folding assembly had been cut through and thus split completely open along part of the seam. The problem is cosmetic, but...THE PROBLEM IS COSMETIC! And why not want the promised perfection in such a lovely machine? I can send a photo if you'd like to see the nature of the defect. Is there any way to swap my imperfect casing for a perfect one? Thank you so much and congratulations on a great campaign!

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    44. Sergey Chernyshev
      Superbacker
      on

      Just want to add that the project is awesome and well worth the price for the type of a gift I needed, got two of these to give away at my meetup, both sponsors and members will be very excited!

    45. Sergey Chernyshev
      Superbacker
      on

      Got my package a couple days ago and built a FlipBookIt MOTO with kids today! It looks awesome and works perfectly! Kids are thinking of their own art to put on blanks.

      Took us a while to realize which one is just FlipBookIt and which one is MOTO, e.g. that it does not matter, we had to go online to watch instruction videos for that, might be a good idea to include the info with the package or something.

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      Gary on

      Apologies about moaning about the price, I'd included postage. So no quibbles really on that score.

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      Gary on

      Great, regardless of the downgrading of various bits the mate I bought it for absolutely loved it! So it did it's job, which was to make all of us smile. Only real moans are that there were no printing sheets and that it was £37, in a shop I'd have ignored the final product at that price.
      My own fault though for not paying attention to updates.
      BUT overall very happy, it really is a nifty gift. (although it's the mate who was worth it, not the flipbook )

      p.s.
      Scott S. you need to find out some FACTS about christmas, mainly about who it was stolen from by your bizarre death cult.

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      JK on

      I think you are supposed to get two spindles. But you should have definitely got rivets.

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      JK on

      @Amy, Watch the assembly videos on their website. They show how the screws will thread the plastic as they go in so you have to use a fair bit of force. I would watch their video before you do it though.

    50. Evaristo Ramos on

      @Joey
      @Shinymind

      I agree, I got 2 spindles but no rivets :(

      Roo

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