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The vintage instant camera that works on Instax mini film, and is made from recycled cardboard!
The vintage instant camera that works on Instax mini film, and is made from recycled cardboard!
The vintage instant camera that works on Instax mini film, and is made from recycled cardboard!
6,110 backers pledged $377,429 to help bring this project to life.

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Ukrainian Assembly Progress

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Our partners in China have finished disassembly of all components from all defective cameras, re-calculated them and packed them for shipping. We can use all the plastic and metal parts and most lenses for the Jollylooks that will be assembled in Ukraine. All these components that are necessary for the assembly of Jollylook are now being prepared for shipping from China to Ukraine and will be shipped soon.

While the components where being prepared for shipping we carefully selected contractors for the production of cardboard parts in Ukraine.

We also decided that several parts that were made earlier from cardboard, including the shutter block and base and the lens case, will now be replaced with thin plywood, which greatly increased the strength. We made assembly tests of the shutter blocks and got the good result in quality and assembly time.

We also purchased a conveyor and a glue application machine, they were installed and tested.

We also started assembling pneumatic presses for crimping the camera body (they had to be designed and made quickly in Ukraine)

We began recruiting personnel for assembly of Jollylooks and our head of production is training them every day. 

The first batch of cardboard parts is already ordered, in the near future we will start production and will be able to fully control the quality and timings.

As we said in the previous update this is going to take some extra time. But we are doing our best to make a great camera that you will love.

We thank you ALL once again for your patience and understanding and massive support, we can't wait to send you your perfect rewards.

We will keep you updated on our progress.

THANK YOU!

Until next time,

The Jollylook team.

Assembly in Ukraine

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After we started the shipping and our backers started to receive the cameras, we hoped that we could finally fulfill our obligations to our backers, but it became clear that we would have to continue the struggle, as the shipping continued we received many reports from our backers, which indicated an unacceptably high percentage of defects. We immediately stopped sending out the cameras and organized a detailed inspection of each of the five thousand packed, quality controlled and marked ready-to-send by the factory, the number of cameras having defects was simply unbelievable: poor quality gluing and careless assembly and even incomplete packaging.

The conclusion that should have been made earlier - about not being able to work with this contractor was finally made. We had to threaten them to get back some of the money we paid them and took all the components from them.

Most of the ready-made cardboard parts of the cameras had to be recycled in order to extract the parts that can be used again without problems. Since out of seven contractors involved in the project problems occurred only with the assembly, we decided to send the components to Ukraine and to assemble Jollylook under our 24/7 full control over the quality and timing.

Those parts that will have to be produced by laser cutting we will manufacture in this factory in Ukraine:

Here we will install the belt conveyor system and will perform the assembly

We have purchased all the necessary equipment and will install it in the near future.

To finish this project and fulfill our obligations towards our backers for us is a matter of personal dignity! And of course, entirely for free, we will replace all the already sent cameras that turned out to be defective. This is going to take some extra time. But we will do our best to fix this situation and we will fix it.

We thank you ALL once again for your patience and understanding and massive support, we can't wait to send you your perfect rewards.

We will keep you updated.

THANK YOU!

Until next time,

The Jollylook team.

The Quality Control results and shipping start!

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We have been testing every single camera and the first two thousand cameras passed additional control.

Light tightness test

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Shutter test in automatic and manual modes:

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The development mechanism test

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The packing of Jollylooks that passed the tests:

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We already delivered these tested Jollylook cameras to our shipping partners without waiting for the completion of the entire batch release. During next week the first 2000 Jollylooks should be delivered to our amazing backers and in the coming 2 months All our backers should receive their Jollylooks. We hope that our attention to quality and careful testing will give the expected result and you will be able to enjoy the analog photos of Jollylook.

Such a long delay and the need to correct and remake a lot of parts led to a big cost overrun, and OIeg had to invest an additional $65,000 of his own savings in order to complete settlements with contractors and pay for part of the Instax mini cassettes that come with every camera for our backers. But this is not enough for Jollylook to survive and we still need to pay for the rest of the cassettes and the costs of the shipping. We have to start selling a part of the first batch to dealers before all the shipping to backers is complete, we will use the funds received to fulfill our obligations and to continue the manufacturing, it was a difficult but necessary decision! We are also looking for an investor and we will solve this issue in one way or another.

A serious problem remains - we still need to minimize the ammount of rejects of the manufactured Jollylook cameras and we are considering many options: optimizing the design to simplify the assembly, the possible change of the contractor and even the organization of our own assembly and of course we will cope with everything. 

We thank you ALL once again for your patience and massive support, we can't wait to send you all your rewards and we beleive that all our backers will recieve their Jollylooks within the coming two months.

We will keep you updated.

THANK YOU!

Until next time,

The Jollylook team.

The Quality Control

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We managed to fix the shutters problem, but the solution wasn't fast, we had to take apart every single shutter of every camera

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clean the old permanent stickiness glue

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and re-glue them with the completely drying glue

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Then insert them back into the shutter block

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This didn't always work well, so we had to make more new shutters and replace a lot of them.

Finally, the factory began to produce ready cameras. But unfortunately, selective quality control showed an unacceptable percentage of rejects of a different nature.

We did not expect that this simple product will cause so many difficulties for the manufacturer, and are very concerned about not only the release of the current batch but also how we can organize further production. We took a difficult but the only right decision: hired employees who are not factory workers, to check every single camera before packing, the quality control includes checking the reliability of the gluing, cleanliness and correct assembly, the correctness of the shutter, the development unit and the light tightness of the entire camera body. It will take some more time but we are now at the final test and pack stage.

Our main goal is to send you a perfect working camera. And as one of our backers metioned, when everything ends well, Oleg should write if not a book then a detailed story of what we went through to bring Jollylook from an idea to reality.

As we said in the previous update, we are very frustrated that we are letting you down by not delivering the cameras on time. But we can not compromise on quality! We have to make sure you get a perfect product.

We thank you ALL once again for your patience and massive support, we can't wait to send you your rewards and we beleive that the next update will be about the shipment.

We will keep you updated.

THANK YOU!

Until next time,

The Jollylook team.

Shutters!

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Straight to the news:

During the packaging, we ran random Jollylook camera tests, and we found a large percentage of defective shutters that peeled off. We were totally shocked and forced to stop packaging and began to look for the cause and solution.

It turned out that the factory used an incorrect glue - the glue of permanent stickiness instead of what we confirmed with them - completely drying glue, so the shutters were peeling apart after some time.

We sincerely apologize for not updating you for a while and not responding to your messages. We have been fully involved in fixing this problem, we had to take apart all the cameras and re-glue the shutters with the correct glue.

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Now we are trying to speed up the process. We did not want to mislead you with the dates again and we are waiting for the factory to have perfect cameras ready, so we could finally inform you that all your cameras have been sent out.

Due to the holidays in China, the factory will not be working from the 28th of April and will go back to work on the 2nd of May. The factory promises that the cameras will be ready by May 14th. We expect to send the cameras to our shipping partners on the 17th of May.

You have been so supportive, patient and understanding throughout the Jollylook journey! We are very frustrated that we are letting you down by not delivering the cameras on time. It has been a tough journey for us. But your faith is what brought Jollylook to life and we need it now more than ever! We can't wait to send you your rewards and we thank you All once again for your patience and massive support!

We will keep you updated.

THANK YOU!

Until next time,

The Jollylook team.