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Injection Molded Clear Case for Apple II and II Plus

Show off your Apple II Computer for all the world to see. Brought to you by the creators of the Macintosh SE/30 Clear Case.

Injection Molded Clear Case for Apple II and II Plus

Show off your Apple II Computer for all the world to see. Brought to you by the creators of the Macintosh SE/30 Clear Case.

$18,792
pledged of $29,000pledged of $29,000 goal
61
backers
15days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, October 30 2019 11:38 PM UTC +00:00.

About

 Based on feedback from our last Kickstarter for the clear case Macintosh SE/30, we created an Apple II series custom case.  You asked, we listened.  As a result, we are pleased to offer an opportunity to own and support a very  special product. A completely custom engineered, artistically  interpreted clear case for the Apple II and II Plus.  

We are passionate hobbyists and collectors like you, and more than anything we are excited to bring this amazing case to those who will appreciate it.  That is why we have and will continue invest a significant amount of our own money and time to bring this product to life.  The actual costs involved are around $60,000, however, like our last Kickstarter, we are going to cover all additional costs.  Achieving our $29,000 Kickstarter goal will confirm there is sufficient interest before we proceed to purchase tooling. Thank you for your support! 

If this Kickstarter is successfully funded, we will venture to open a new Kickstarter for the Apple IIe!  

 The Apple II computers are the most symbolic personal computer. They are also most iconic computer Apple created because it was the first computer created by co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in 1977. Collectors all around the world are seeking to purchase these machines because of growing nostalgia for a simpler era of computing. 

Our custom case will make your Apple II stunningly unique, yet still recognizable by its classic shape.  You will have the ability to peer inside the system at its beautifully engineered internal components.  This will instantly revitalize your computer and will allow it to serve as an  amazing display that is sure to be a conversation starter in any  environment.  

We hope our cases can excite both an older generation and a younger generation by allowing users to see the inner-workings of the computer as well LEDs of upgrade cards.  This can prove to be a very useful tool for explaining how basic computers work when coupled with memory cards that have read and write LEDs.    

Our special rewards include a custom glow-in-the-dark case kit, so please be sure to check out all of the amazing rewards being offered! 

This project started with surveys from prior surveys being sent from our prior projects.  We completed the CAD and testing in July.  Following that the prototype was acquired from VintageMicros in August.  Now we offer you the special change to take part in this Kickstarter to bring this project to life.  We are hoping to ship by March 2020 which is our conservative estimate.  

July 2019 - Concept CAD 

Below is the CAD created for this project.  It represents weeks of careful engineering to have an original appearance and have a good fit.

August 2019 - Prototype Testing

The prototype was acquired from VintageMicros, a leader in vintage computers.  We spent time measuring and comparing with the CAD file to ensure everything is just right. 

September 2019 - Accessory Creations

We finalized various creations in September including replacement lid clasps.  We have had these injection molded and they will add value to the community.  Stickers have also been created or refurbished.  All these elements have already been created.  Only the case remains to be created.  Please note that we have only a very limited supply of badges.  

The Disk II floppy Drive Case Stretch Goal

Here is the stretch goal being offered for this Kickstarter a clear case for the Disk II drive.  This would match perfectly with your Apple II case.  It is very fun to watch the drive activity.  The additional amount raised is $6,000 which reflects about half of the costs of the mold.  If the goal is reached we will fund all additional costs.  

Whole System

Here is what a whole system in clear might look like...

... Interested yet?

Project Goals

Woz Limited Edition

To honor Steve Wozniak's contribution to the creation of the Apple II and to the entire personal computer industry a special reward is being offered.  Steve Wozniak's role in the computer revolution cannot be overstated.  It was his passion for computers that drove him to create amazing things.  We hope this special reward can encourage similar passion for those who wish to make it a part of their family.  The Woz Limited Edition reward will be limited to 50 units.  There will never again be production run.  The best part is each case will be glow-in-the-dark!

 Starting in 2005, MacEffects designed and produced a very successful  under-desk mount for the Mac mini.  Below is an example of the product  we produced:

   Following this we began to manufacture color ribbons for the Apple ImageWriter II printer.  We were the only producer of color  ImageWriter ribbons available to the public. 

 Following this we created a successful Kickstarter project for a clear case for the Macintosh SE and SE/30.

Our Clear Macintosh SE & SE/30 Case:

 Our add-on mouse case we created as a stretch goal for the last project:

Having experience in plastic manufacturing, accessory distribution, and recreating vintage  products gives us the unique ability to successfully produce and  manufacture the case for the Apple II and II Plus. 

Now we want to make a comeback and offer something really special for your vintage Apple II!

Risks and challenges

Below are several risks and challenges associated with this project. The information contained here is not exhaustive.

Because this product is made with a mold that weighs more than a truck, there are risks shipping and handling it. There are also risks of transport and/or shipping the finished products. Related logistics can cause time delays, particularly if there is an issue with manufacturing the mold itself. Our objective is to make the highest quality product possible. If a delay to the schedule occurs, updates will be posted. Quality will be placed over timeliness.

The entire project is based on quotes from outside firms. Given that, should these vary significantly above the original projected costs, delays or project cancellation may occur. Fortunately, there are other vendors, so we are not projecting any issues besides possible delays.

Despite being painstakingly engineered and manufactured, minor imperfections may be present. Additionally, this is not a duplicate design, but rather our artistic interpretation. The differences between OEM and our products are intentional. This shall not be construed as a reproduction product.

The "stretch goals" represent our intent to unlock those as rewards once the defined dollar goals are met. Our sample prototype (as shown in photos and video) may differ from the production unit.

We intend to use polycarbonate, but the final material may differ. OEM cases include fire-retardant additives that may cause yellowing of the plastic over time. To avoid future yellowing of our custom case, we will NOT be adding fire-retardant additive. Therefore, it is recommended to not operate your computer with this custom case unattended.

Other risks and challenges not mentioned may be present and it is important for the backer to consider all the risks before backing a project.

Apple, Apple II, Apple II Plus, Macintosh, Mac, SE, SE/30, iMac, ImageWriter, and Mac mini are trademarks of Apple, Inc., registered in the US and other countries. MacEffects, LLC is neither affiliated with nor endorsed by Apple, Inc. The final product will bear no icons, logos, or typography relating to Apple, Inc.

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    Basic Apple II / II Plus Clear Case

    This kit is designed for those who have either an Apple II or II Plus and don't want any of the extra parts. None of the following items are included: badges, lid clasps, emblems, or stickers.

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    Apple II Plus Clear Case Kit

    This kit is designed for those who have an Apple II Plus system. This reward includes: 1 clear lid, 1 clear base, 1 II plus emblem, 1 rear case sticker, and 4 3m backed lid clasps.

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    Original Apple II Clear Case Kit

    This kit is designed for those who have an original Apple II system. This reward includes: 1 clear lid, 1 clear base, 1 II emblem, 1 rear case sticker, and 4 3m backed lid clasps.

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    • Original Apple II Style Emblem
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    Apple II EUROPLUS Clear Case Kit

    This kit is designed for those who have an original Apple II system. This reward includes: 1 clear lid, 1 clear base, 1 II Europlus emblem, 1 rear case sticker, and 4 3m backed lid clasps.

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    Apple II Bell & Howell Charcoal Case Kit

    This kit is designed for those who have either an Apple II or II Plus and don't want any of the extra parts. This case will be dark charcoal in color and only be slightly transparent. This kit would be great for those wishing to transform their Apple II or II Plus systems. This reward includes: 1 charcoal lid, 1 charcoal base, 1 Bell & Howell badge, 1 rear case sticker, and 4 3m backed lid clasps.

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    3-Pack Clear Case for Apple II & II Plus

    This kit is designed for those who have have an Apple II addiction and want enough cases to supply 3 fully systems.

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    • Clear Apple II Lid
    • Original Apple II Style Emblem
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    Woz Edition - GLOW IN THE DARK Case

    *** LIMITED EDITION *** To honor Steve Wozniak's contribution to the creation of the Apple II and to the entire personal computer industry a special reward is being offered.

    This kit is designed for those who have an either an Apple II or II Plus system. This special kit offers a glow in the dark case! It will be mostly white with a slight green hue and fairly opaque. This offering is a Limited Edition and only 50 will ever be made. Each one will come serialized with certificate of authenticity.

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    • Woz Edition - GLOW IN THE DARK Apple II Base Case
    • Woz Edition - GLOW IN THE DARK Apple II Lid Case
    • Original Apple II Style Emblem
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    The Kitchen Sink - Includes ALL STYLES

    This reward includes the Limited Edition Woz glow-in-the-dark case, Bell & Howell charcoal case, and the original clear case. Each case will include all the accessories listed below.

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    • Woz Edition - GLOW IN THE DARK Apple II Base Case
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    • Charcoal Apple II Base Case
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    • Clear Apple II Lid
    • Certificate of Authenticity
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