The Final Stretch. Play Well.
Well done crew! We now have over 1,250 wonderful backers.
Papercraft Heart Unlocked! Lydia has been a lightning-fast ninja, so not only will you get the heart papercraft in your Flotilla packs, but you can download it right now and parade it around on Valentine’s day in spirit of support or defiance (depending on which side you show). It’s A4 size, but should fit nicely on Letter for those of you Stateside.
New Stretch. Better LEGO® Compatibility.
We've got a little under 68 hours until the campaign ends and we're hoping for a final surge of support. To motivate you, we're going for a bigger stretch goal and it will probably be the last one.
If we reach 1,500 backers, we will enhance LEGO support for Flotilla by making LEGO compatible motor shaft adapters, and compatible mounting plates for the Flotilla Pieces.
The motor shafts are something we've seen done for the motors we're using, and there are even designs on Thingiverse for the 3D printers among you, so we know it's very possible and useful. Also, smaller items don't come with nearly as many pitfalls and costs of larger items like computer cases (http://www.bunniestudios.com/blog/?p=4146)
However, it is a new thing for us, and we've had first-hand accounts of the process being potentially drawn-out. So we're not promising they will be available in May, but they will happen, and be made readily and affordably available to backers. Of course, if we nail it, and get them in time, you'll get some shipped with the motors in your kit!
We'd also like to make these in the UK if possible, so if you personally know an injection moulding company who are friendly and helpful and in the UK, let us know.
We have explored this a bit already with some SLS prototypes, as we were raised on LEGO. We've also made the existing mounting holes on the pieces as close to LEGO pitch as possible, so you can attach sensors with a minimum of fuss.
The mounting plates will give a more secure fit, and more LEGO-like plugging when you're playing. We’ll be laser cutting those using the same techniques we honed for the LEGO compatible Pibow base. And since that requires no injection moulding then that means you'll get some mounting options in your kits, if we hit that magical 1,500 mark :-)
It's something we dearly want for Flotilla. Your support means we could do it sooner, rather than later.
Colourful Board Production
Ragworm have been brilliant getting these boards made. Given they’re using colours and finishes that we think have never been seen before on circuits.
The production is underway this second. Here’s an image from barely 15 minutes ago of the boards before testing and printing of the silkscreen (the white text on the board)
We’ll be sitting around tonight eating pot noodles and waiting for a courier to arrive with the goods, then straight into prototyping and testing so we can show you their majesty before the campaign ends!
So expect updates over the weekend showing How your Pi will be set up with Flotilla, and showing a bit more about how the robot and instrument kit actually work :D
- Jon and Paul (Ringo and George sadly absent).
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