Head unit update Mon/Tue, Concerns, Timeline
Several requests have been made to at least write a few lines and post an update when a full update is not ready - so that's what I'm doing right now:
I'm waiting on a few pieces for the full update I had been planning for yesterday/today - so I will be publishing the full update Monday/Tuesday but here is a short version in the meantime as well as some responses to recent concerns in the comments section:
Head Unit: With the help of some volunteers as well as our own work based on the previously redesigned parts - we have a head unit that is now undergoing only minor tweaks for mold-ability. We'll show you the digital version (and a prototype of it if we get it in time).
Finances and Viability: I don't generally respond to negative comments because there is no doubt you all have a right to be frustrated with the delays - but one theme that I take rather personally is the "he's spending our money on himself" "he stole our money" "he's a fraud" "he has no intention of delivering" "it's all lies!" etc - as I've mentioned several times we have been very careful with the finances, as we have been in all our Kickstarters - we still have about $550k in our accounts, and a great deal more tied up in deposits for materials or materials purchased. I'm not enjoying these delays, taking my sweet time, or doing as I please - both because I want to deliver this instead of continuing to disappoint and because I have been living and supporting my family off of my savings throughout these delays - moving past delivery also means having an income again.
No this is not a scam, that is why I'm still here, still being careful with the finances, still providing updates, and still working towards shipping an actual working printer that can be produced with the funds collected. And while we are at it - I also haven't licensed another design, stopped communicating, moved to another country, spent the money on lavish lifestyles, or run out of money - like some other low cost printer projects past and present seem to have done. To be clear: I take the delays, the frustration, the disappointment very personally and to heart - until I deliver this printer I feel I have failed, delivering it is the only way to change that for at least some backers. But it's not a scam, I'm not out walking my dog, and I haven't spent all the funds.
New Prototype Photos/Prints: One of my short term priorities is to provide this - previously we said we'd do this when we have the final production prototype - I agree at this point we need to provide this even if we have to say "this one or two things may change slightly in the next week/month" - it won't be in this next update, but it will be in the one after that and that update will come in much less than a month.
Timeline Update: Several ongoing requests for a timeline and what lies ahead - the last section of this update is still true to what lies ahead: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/robotic-industries/buildone-99-3d-printer-w-wifi-and-auto-bed-levelin/posts/2313511
As far as an actual timeline or at the very least a goal we feel is realistic at this point is that we will enter production around the end of the year/start of the new year, which also means a small number of backers will get production prototypes to test as we approach that.
Again a more complete update on the injection molded head unit will be coming Monday/Tuesday.
Thank you - Erik