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Transform your digital iPhone images into real instant photographs that you can touch, caress and share with friends.
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Shipping and Mass Production update

Posted by The Impossible Project (Creator)

29th July – THE BIG DAY - Instant Labs packed in master cartons waiting for the plane !

Dear Impossible Backers, 

First of all, please we are proud to show you these photos:

Shrink-wrapped Instant Lab

4 devices in master carton

Shipping label with individual serial numbers

Master cartons on pallets


Finally Impossible will start shipping Instant Labs this week. We'll be sending out the first batch to the very first backers this afternoon! However, the delivery to ALL our loyal subscribers will take about two weeks. 

Some Notes: 

  • Tracking shipment. Once your Instant Lab ships you will get an email with individual tracking information, so you can track the location and status of your delivery.
  • Please do not email us right now about your individual shipment. We will not be able to provide any information via email about the status of your Instant Lab until it ships. We are working as quickly as possible to deliver units to all our Kickstarter subscribers over the next couple of weeks. 
  • As for the general process, once each Instant Lab passes quality control at the factory in Braunschweig, Germany, it is carefully packed into its box with manuals, power adapter etc. Then it is shipped by air freight from Germany to one of our Impossible fulfillment centers in New York, Vienna, Tokyo and Hong Kong, where your individual film selection/order is added. From there, the package is delivered to you by courier. Once it leaves the fulfillment center, you will receive your email with tracking info. 

Mass Production

As we mentioned during the last announcement, production has started at the factory. It's going to take some time before we reach our maximum capacity, but we're getting there. 

  • As of today, the factory could manufacture roughly 200-300 Instant Labs per day, with the aim to increase it greatly in the next few months. 
  • We are facing an issue with two suppliers that cannot deliver ordered parts to us at the speed and of the quality we require (yes, this is the world of makers, not just software!). This is slowing our output down. We are working with the suppliers to fix the problem, as well as trying to find additional suppliers. 
  • Right now, we're simultaneously manufacturing all Kickstarter editions at the same time: silver, black and gold. 

Production of Engraved Instant Labs 

Enjoy this panorama shot, which shows all custom engraved front plates per alphabetic letter from the Kickstarter Black Edition. 

And more: 

And here our team is matching the right engraved front plate to the corresponding serial number, so we can use the serial barcode to further track the devices when they enter the packaging assembly line. 

And here how the engraving looks like:

We continue to work hard. We have lots of improvements to make, and many Instant Labs to ship out. But we're good at making the Impossible possible. 

Thanks for the support, everyone! Looking forward to hear what you think of Instant Lab once you have used it to process your first box of film! 

On 9th of August we will hand over the Gold edition in our film factory in Enschede to the Gold Backers, we look forward to it ! If you are a Gold Subscriber and wish to attend, please urgently contact our Caidleigh at our Berlin office: 

Next update in 2 weeks with updated shipping schedule.

Your Impossible Camera Team 


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    1. Josh Martin on

      Same as the others bellow, not yet received any info or tracking numbers and have been seeing people have received them already. Just checking I haven't missed anything.

    2. Dave Knapik on

      Hi, As Derek and WiFiPunk said below, it's been 2 weeks and I haven't heard anything yet either. I just want to be sure I haven't missed an important email or anything. Looking forward to receiving the lab!

    3. Derek Woods on

      Hello!! Just curious if I haven't received a tracking number by what date should I reach out?

      Super excited for the print lab!


    4. Paul Braswell on

      You said they would be delivered to ALL backers in 2 weeks, but I have yet to hear anything about mine. :(

    5. The Impossible Project Creator on

      @william - due to the fact of black on black there is no chance to catch you name :-)

    6. William Sim on

      Do you mind to upload a full size of the panorama of the plate??? so we can start to search for our name ^.^

    7. Roman Brosowski on

      Hey, the app arrived. Thank you :) I did not yet find the "camer scanner", but the main feature is the instant lab :)

    8. The Impossible Project Creator on

      JFYI - check current address in database: we did send each of you backers an email on 29th April with the subject "Please complete your Kickstarter Checkout!" and it includes a link "Complete your checkout". If you click on it and login with your chosen password, you will see the address on file plus the engraving text chosen.

    9. Beth Lamenskie on

      That's great news! I haven't moved in 14 years so I am good to go!!!

    10. The Impossible Project Creator on

      @Nate, Paul, Jennifer - and all others with changed addresses - if you need to change your address please email from your backer-email-account (!) to and request an address change.Thank you

    11. Nate Matos on

      I have the same question as Paul Guo and Jennifer Huber, I've moved since backing this and need to update my address.


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      Paul Guo on

      Where to check/ensure my mailing address? I just moved last April.

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      Julia Nelson-Gal on

      So impressive! I am excited to be a part of this. Thank you for keeping us so well informed during the process; felt like I was there. Real dedication!

    14. Jennifer Huber on

      What should I do if my mailing address has changed? How are they being shipped (so I can call the shipper and ask to pick up the shipment)?

    15. Alice on

      Great to hear!