Behind the Scenes Part 1: The People
So who knew that a little $500 goal crowdfunding experiment would turn into this? Be careful what you wish for. Packing & shipping proved to be the real bear but alas, it seems everyone has begun to receive their shipments over the last couple days so that is good news! The project overall has been a fantastic experience & the kind words of appreciation from those of you who have shared them are priceless. I need to extend some special thanks you's to Shapeways, Ponoko, & my dear friends & family that helped make big things happen in a short amount of time.
Because of some technical issues & simple practical matters regarding organization, I ended up having Shapeways build all the pieces. Needless to say it was a huge order but they busted ass & got everything built & shipped in due time. U.S. Customs put up an obstacle last minute by sitting on the delivery nearly 5 days but all in all it's worked out. USPS was not a particularly easy process to deal with but the packages are making it to there destinations on time so I can't complain too much.
So, BIG THANKS to Shapeways (Charlie Maddock & Duann Scott in particular) for the special attention & service! Also, special thanks to Ponoko (Matthew Dimond) for being there to handle whatever I may have needed & supporting the project throughout. And thank you to M&M & RaRa for showing up (unbribed) to help get everything packed & shipped ...you're the greatest! Thank you also to my daughter's Grandparents, Auntie & Uncle, & Cousin for picking her up from school, taking her out, helping fill out customs labels, & otherwise supporting the effort so baby girl didn't have to (but thanks dear girl for dealing with a house full of boxes for over a week). And really more than anyone, thank you to my wife Carrie for sacrificing her time to help with absolutely everything, dealing with my grumpy ass when I've stayed up too late or not eaten enough, & seeing this whole thing through...Hugs & Kisses my Love.
Stay tuned for Behind the Scenes Part 2