Funded! This project was successfully funded on September 24, 2010.

Update #64

CAD & Etching Layouts

Hey, Everyone,

The CAD files in DWG & DXF format can be found linked in the bottom of this post, as well as the layout for my first test etching. What you'll notice about the etching layout is that there is a variety of different arrangements. The goal is to test the tolerances of the etching process to see how well we can optimize the plate for the actual production run.

These are being sent along to the etcher, and when I actually get them back in hand, I'll let you know how the different layouts worked out and provide you all with the final production layout as well.

Also worth noting that in the production run the picks will be on a completely separate plate from the handles, as the pick material needs to be a high quality spring steel, but the handles can be a less expensive steel, so we'll do them on separate plates so as not to waste any of the higher quality metal, but for the purposes of the test etching it's just important to see all the components and figure out the spacing, etc.

you can download them from here:

I'm releasing these under the Creative Commons:

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      Creator David Keen on February 21, 2012

      Anno Nymous - I funded a project, not Schuyler's personal life. He publicly stated that he was not using project money for personal expenses, then spent the entire budget on personal expenses. He stole your money, just like he did mine.

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      Creator Mark Rennick on February 16, 2012

      I would be happy to get the practice kits. Lock picks are easy to buy, or even make yourself. but the locks are harder to find.

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      Creator Threemoons on February 16, 2012

      Okay, so he bit off more than he can chew. I am not giving up on the project yet.

      That's part of the Kickstarter plan, in a way. It's like a stock market for ideas.

      Sometimes you get a lot of bang for your buck, sometimes you get butkis.

      I for one am hoping for my $75 pledge level goodies.

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      Creator Anno Nymous on February 13, 2012

      David, remember that you are funding a project, not buying stuff.
      I would hate not to get the picks, but I'm not going to be mad if Schuyler fails. He made some mistakes, hopefully some picks will be churned out in the end.

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      Creator John Naughton on February 11, 2012

      im sure he will apologise when he fails, at this point hes fucked up not failed.

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      Creator David Keen on February 9, 2012

      I'd hope we could at least shame him into an apology. Again, I've given up on my picks, as he has almost no money left to make them.

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      Creator John Naughton on February 9, 2012

      I honestly dont know if we will see picks, but until Shoes gives up im still waiting to get a package from the states.

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      Creator Pat on February 9, 2012

      I honestly do. You don't, but you keep posting anyway, as if calling him names is going to magically make him think 'That David guy? I should really do this for him'.

      If you've given up, let it go. The tough guy internet approach doesn't help anyone.

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      Creator David Keen on February 8, 2012

      Hey, I'm full on aggressive, nothing passive about it. This fucker lied to us and stole our money. Do you honestly think you are gonna get your picks? He's got no money to make them after living off of your donations for 2 years.

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      Creator Pat on February 8, 2012

      David - being passive aggressive to Schuyler isn't going to make this project more successful. It is what it is, deal with it.

      Thanks for the update Schuyler, it is good to see things moving on.

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      Creator David Keen on February 8, 2012

      Hey, how about commenting on the response to your previous update? You know, the one where you announced that you lied to us and stole from us?

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      Creator Tyler Hibbard on February 7, 2012

      Thanks for this, Schuyler!

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      Creator MacGyver101 on February 6, 2012

      Thank you.

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      Creator Devin on February 6, 2012

      I agree great to see the files straight from the source! This is one of the severals steps people have outlined wanting to see to restore their faith in the project. Hope to hear more good news soon.

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      Creator Aaron F Stanton on February 6, 2012

      Good to see these. Thanks, and keep the updates coming.

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