About this project
Simbrix is a unique craft toy with a connective design, perfect for creators of all ages and abilities.
STORY OF SIMBRIX
The story of Simbrix begins with some very creative children who ran into difficulty playing with their favourite craft beads. Too often, their artwork would be knocked off the pegboard and the beads would scatter before they could be ironed into a permanent design. It was clear that they needed sturdier stuff to help form their ideas, but their anxious dad was unable to find an alternative. There simply was not a picture-making system available that was easy to use, fun to play with and elegantly made. This was the beginning of Simbrix.
WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT SIMBRIX?
From its earliest conception, it was clear that Simbrix would offer a whole new way to create...
- Robust designs that can be made and remade endlessly.
- Creations no longer limited by a pegboard or tweezers.
- No instructions and no ironing needed (so no adult required).
- Perfect for artists, crafters, hobbyists, kids, amateurs, professionals.
- Challenging and fun.
- A range of cognitive and creative benefits.
- Suitable for ages 5 to 95!
And we are proud to say that the final product combines all these qualities and more...
Simbrix connect together bit by bit, forming strong holds which will not break completely apart if knocked or dropped. Simbrix is even scatter-proof during play but easy to take apart and reuse whenever you want! Simbrix can be ironed too so you can make make your creations permanent and give them away as presents.
Simbrix comes in our uniquely designed drawstring bags made of organic, unbleached cotton. This makes every piece easy to reach, with a little extra room to keep your creations safe. We are very proud of the look and feel of our simple, friendly packaging. Making Simbrix easy to carry and store, and a whole lot more fun than a cardboard box.
The simplicity of Simbrix hides a puzzle that you create as you play. This makes for an unique playing experience. it's full of surprises that will stimulate your brain as well as your fingers!
JOURNEY TO SIMBRIX
Simbrix is the result of
- More than two years of development.
- Over four hundred design prototypes.
- Two sets of production molds to ensure manufacturability.
- Product and play tests with over 500 alpha and beta testers.
- Ongoing community participation and feedback.
With the help of the alpha testers (the inventor’s children; also his harshest critics), the designs and dimensions of Simbrix were improved to give the best playing experience possible. After the alpha test phase, it was time to introduce Simbrix to the wider community. We took it to craft fairs, fêtes, schools and universities. This was a nerve-racking time because we did not know how people would react but the response we got was sensational! Everybody really loved these imaginative building bricks, encouraging us to start on our journey to Kickstarter and to get them into people's hands.
Our favourite part of the project has been sharing Simbrix with others and seeing what they create. Hundreds of people have played with Simbrix so far but this is just the beginning. What makes the current stage of our journey the most exciting one is that we are ready to bring our invention to a much wider community.
We are a small, homemade company with many years experience in developing innovative, products and solutions. We employ passionate young people and give them them the experience and skills they need to build successful careers. The company's founder invented Simbrix for his children and his focus has always remained to encourage creative and free play.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
At every stage, we have chosen a structured and cooperative development over quicker and easier paths to commercial success. This has enabled us to grow at our own pace whilst giving our interns and employees the experience they need to succeed in their chosen field of employment. This approach has also allowed us to remain rooted in the local community without losing sight of our original goals. We are now ready to bring Simbrix to the rest of the world and have chosen Kickstarter as the best way forward. (We are all big fans of Kickstarter too!). We are very excited to share Simbrix with you all and continue the journey, wherever it takes us.
This is our second time on Kickstarter with Simbrix. Since our first campaign we have grown as a business and learned a great deal. We have been very busy in the last few months...
- Perfecting the product.
- Introducing eight new colours.
- Improving original packaging.
- Creating new creative content for sharing.
- Preparing for the first production run.
If our campaign is successful then the first production run of Simbrix will begin immediately!
If we raise £2000 or more:
- We will include one of our original laser-cut prototypes with every Cute Crafter Kit and Creator Kit.
If we make £3000 or more:
- We will add another special edition colour to the Simbrix Spectrum! Inside every Cute Crafter and Creator Kit there will be an additional packet of glow-in-the-dark' Simbrix!
If we make £400 or more:
- We will be able to pay to have all components airfreighted to us so that we can DELIVER COMPLETE KITS BEFORE CHRISTMAS !!
CUTE CRAFTER KIT
A small bag of 1000 Simbrix in 17 different colours.
A large bag of 3000 Simbrix in 17 different colours.
COMBO 1: CUTE CRAFTER + CREATOR KIT
Great for siblings and friends to start exploring and creating with Simbrix
COMBO 2: COMBO TWO CUTE CRAFTER KITS + CREATOR KIT
A group kit with enough potential to create a new world out of Simbrix
COMBO 3: CUTE CRAFTER KIT + TWO CREATOR KITS
A group kit with an even bigger bit-count and the potential for a bigger world.
Greater than the sum of its parts, this package is for those who want to look back and say that they were there at the beginning and helped make Simbrix happen. This pack includes:
- Cute Crafter Kit
- Creator Kit
- Early laser-cut early Simbrix prototypes.
- Cotton bag signed by the inventor and founder
- Signed Letter of authenticity .
GIFT GIVER MULTIPACK
10 Cute Crafter kits to start spreading Simbrix as gifts and prizes... or to hoard in your mountain lair (surprisingly comfortable to sleep on).
SMALL CLUBS AND GROUPS PACKAGE
A package providing for the needs of clubs and groups wanting Simbrix for recreational, educational and therapeutic use.
- Seven Cute Crafter Kits
- Four Creator Kits
LARGE CLUBS AND GROUPS PACKAGE
Even larger package for organisations wanting Simbrix for recreational, educational and therapeutic use.
- Fourteen Cute Crafter Kits
- Eight Creator Kits
SMALL STUDIO PACKAGE
Twenty small bags (total of 20,000 Simbrix), if what you need is maximum resolution for your imagination!
- One bag of each individual colour
- Two bags of black
- Two bags of white
LARGE STUDIO PACKAGE:
Twenty large bags (total of 60,000 Simbrix) if you have very big ideas to bring to life!
- One bag of each individual colour
- Two bags of black
- Two bags of white
Get in touch if you want to be one of the first to sell Simbrix in your shop.
- Thirty Cute Crafter Kits
- Thirty Creator Kits
Risks and challenges
Getting ready to launch Simbrix was a challenging yet eye-opening experience. Every new project comes with its share of risks, but we came well prepared. We have spent months planning our Kickstarter campaign and over two years perfecting our product. The final product is design registered, trademarked, patent pending and ready for production. At Simbrix, we take no half measures. Throughout the entire process, we have stuck by the idea that doing things properly and thoroughly will ensure a smooth transition from the manufacturer to the hands of our creative customers. The real test is not just meeting your expectations, but exceeding them; and we are certain that we will pass with flying colours!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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