D.Bugs are sculptures constructed by soldering together electronic components.
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Thank you for your continued interest! We do plan on relaunching in the coming months. We have been processing the feedback and rethinking the product concept. If you haven't already done so, please follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/RobotBrigade) or Twitter (@RobotBrigade) to get the most recent updates.
We will notify all of our previous backers first before we launch a new campaign!
any update on a relaunch or sell on your site?
@Dr Martin - I am glad you raised the concern of toxicity. Lead-free solder is much more difficult to use for beginners. I have a large spool of leaded solder that I use recreationally. I have not yet done a 1-to-1 comparison to lead-free to see if there is a significant increase in difficulty in D.Bug construction. I have had problems with lead-free solder in the past. This would have been one of the things we would have tested before the kits made it into your hands.
As for the toxicity of components, care should always be taken when handling electronics. Wash your hands, wear a mask, and solder in a well ventilated area. Being RoHS compliant is a strong argument for using new parts, but we found that this also conflicts with some people's idea of upcycling. However, I'd be willing to deal with the backlash concerning the use of new parts so that I can side with safety.
Great points! Thanks!
@ S Stirling - if necessary, we have plans to relaunch, I'll update the page with more information just before the campaign ends. Stay tuned and thanks for your enthusiasm for D.Bugs!
These look cool but what about the toxicity of the components and solder?
Will you still sell the kits on your site if the campaign doesn't succeed? i really want to capture the bugs :)
Thank you, Brett! We're glad to have supporters like you.
Well I think this is one of the coolest projects that I have backed here on Kickstarter so whatever happens I will be here again and again until the end. You have a great product.
@David - We can ship to the UK, I have just updated the FAQ's with the instructions for how you can pledge. Please send us an email to confirm your pledge. Enjoy!
Hi, I was about to pledge for the Grand Cappy Model Kit until I read that you only ship to the US. Would you be willing to ship to the UK if I paid the additional postage costs? Good luck with your funding, I hope you reach your goal. If you don't quite manage it, I would love to buy a kit from you anyway. I'll shoot you an email.
@Brett - We are doing everything in our power to make sure we are funded. Which includes making models at 5am then going to work at 7am :) This is the first crowd funding project by the Robot Brigade, and we are now overflowing with knowledge and strategies we want to try for our future campaigns.
We are very excited about D.Bugs, and we are figuring out the best way to get them into your hands. We are not giving up just yet, but if we need try again, we have some major retooling planned. We will keep you posted once the campaign completes.
No matter what happens, we'll definitely be looking for our backers to follow the future projects launched by the Robot Brigade! Thanks for your support!
What if you don't get fully funded what will you do to try a re release?