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Enjoy street & portrait photography like never before with the NuBox 1. Our interchangeable lens, wide aperture, 120 film box camera!
Enjoy street & portrait photography like never before with the NuBox 1. Our interchangeable lens, wide aperture, 120 film box camera!
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Backer Update #17: The delay Summarized and Progress ahead

Posted by Robert Hamm (Creator)
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Hello Squares!

It's been a while since the last backer update, and between the hurricanes, packaging arrival, and production schedule, there is a lot to talk about. Let's get to it!

I have had a lot of communication from backers during this time and it has been much appreciated. Most of the communication has been about shipping updates and checking in on me to make sure my house didn't blow down during Hurricane Florence. 

The Delay, Summarized

Let's talk about reward fulfillment. We are currently delayed. This is a frustrating time for both you and I. I do not have a definite shipping date at the moment because of two things- lenses and budget. Lenses are expensive, I have encountered issues with the lenses I have received, and the budget is limited. I need to continue the project carefully to insure that, although delayed, the project will be fulfilled. 

A look at the space where NuBox is made
A look at the space where NuBox is made

Hurricane Florence:

Many backers may not be aware that the scheduled backer update for September was canceled because Hurricane Florence. From the 11th to 18th of September Florence was bearing down on my area hard. The city ordered a mandatory evacuation and I packed up my family AND the machines/supplies/inventory for NuBox and left. Fortunately, the hurricane took a hard turn at the last minute and spared my home from damage. However, it took the next couple of weeks to get everything set back up and the printers properly calibrated again. 

Check out some images of the process:

Machine still needs Calibration
Machine still needs Calibration
Several adjustments later and calibration is coming along
Several adjustments later and calibration is coming along
Calibration better, but not quite there
Calibration better, but not quite there
Calibration complete- This is a cross section of NuBox Main Body.
Calibration complete- This is a cross section of NuBox Main Body.

The above represent the time it takes to calibrate a machine once it is moved. It takes a while to get it to print properly so that finishing look good. This process has to be done for all parts, or when a part has an issue. I'm constantly looking at the finished item and evaluating for any maintenance on the machine that needs to be done. 

Progress Ahead:

Shipping boxes arrived at the end of September in a six and eight inch sizes. I think they look great and will be perfect for shipping NuBox. NuBox is complex, and as we keep moving forward, I continue to look for new ways to improve the product. 

Side 1, shipping box
Side 1, shipping box

One of the improvements made is in the production of ground glass viewfinders. Originally I was going to grind the ground glass from a very fine silica compound. This is a labor intensive process and requires cutting the small windows out of a letter sized piece of glass. Instead, I discovered that some microscope slide producers make frosted microscope slides that will work perfect for NuBox. The frosted area is just the right size for the viewfinder window and makes for a better viewing surface. 

I hope that this update answers some of your questions. If not, just drop me an email and I'll be happy to chat with you. There is a lot going on with NuBox. The biggest take away I want you to get from this update is that although slow, the project is continuing forward.

Cheers, 

Rob

Backer Update #16: Production Update

Posted by Robert Hamm (Creator)
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Hello Squares,

NuBox is moving forward, albeit at a slower pace than I anticipated during the campaign. SO, I wanted to check in and let you know what's been going on over the last few weeks.

Packaging has been confirmed and is on the way. This is pretty exciting. I expect It here by the middle of September. 

New lens are in production and should be here around the middle to end of September. I've noticed that lenses take a long time.

I've been using this time to continue work on the shutter mechanism and produce the main bodies and lens cartridges. I've switched to using metal screws and fasteners for joining the smaller pieces instead of using 3D printed fasteners. Originally I had hoped to use DLP printing, but that didn't work out.

I appreciate all the patience, understanding, and support I have received. I know that the shipping timeline estimate didn't work out as planned, and I feel bad about that. However, I haven't stopped working on the project and am excited to get NuBox to you.

Want to chat? Just reach out to my email or on the social networks. I generally respond right away except for Friday through Monday- those are my busiest days for wedding photography (which is what I do when I'm not working on Hamm Camera stuff).

Cheers,

Rob

Backer Update #15: Shipping Timeline

Posted by Robert Hamm (Creator)
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Backer Update #14: Printing, Assembling, and Lenses.

Posted by Robert Hamm (Creator)
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WATCH THE VIDEO HERE (for some reason I can't attach the video).

Hey Squares,

This is more of an update as told by Rob. Consider it story time!

Let's talk about production!

It's been very busy over the past two months. Bad news is that I have encountered some issues with lenses. My first shipment wasn't up to snuff. This is a problem because lenses are custom optics... that means that if there is an issue with them then there isn't much that can be done. Well, I fell into that category. Good news is that there is always a plan B. Plan B just costs more money. SO... instead of sending out crap lenses, or changing to a plastic lens. I ordered the more expensive lenses.

Then there was "the great printer configuration wars" of May-June 2018. I suspect my kids will look back at this time and remark that their father, me, had become a recluse; a hermit of a man stuck in the bowls of his office. A man that wouldn't emerge for days.... 

Not really, but you get the point. There was a big storm that blew through which zapped lightning next to my home (in the lake across the street). That pop took out my surge protector and battery back-up. The thing is that although the printers appeared unharmed they were acting crazy. The lightning fried MOSFETs in two of the machines! I had to replace them (the MOSFET's). 

However, that didn't stop the train, just slowed it down. I am working very hard to begin shipping at the end of July. July 28, 2018 is when I projected that I would begin shipping, and I feel like we are on target for that window. 

There are lot's of little things that happen during production that are unpredictable, and they all seem to add up. Some of this has made me feel down over the past few months: when I poisoned myself from the liquid resin, but also when I would hit roadblock after roadblock. Yet, I was always driven to continue. 

I share this with you so that you can get a feeling for my experience. Making ten cameras is completely different than making 300! It's been a funny, humoring, exhausting ride. It is a ride with a destination, and we are getting close to the final stop. It's always furthest in the final miles. Wouldn't you like to know that I've still got to order the boxes. I mean, come on. The design team designed them but never ordered them! No one's fault, but Just one of those little things that makes you laugh in the end.

Let's jump forward one small step. Let's talk about PinBox. PinBox was a prototype platform (in a more loose way than its current form) that I was using to help me with a pinhole cartridge. I actually made a lot of headway and have something really exciting as a result of the project. We will save that for another time, though. But, yeah. That happened. I needed something easy to build which would help bring some more capital into the company. PinBox has done a good job of this and I hope to get some educational contracts with schools and community colleges. That would be great. 

Finally, I will be a guest speaker at The Walking Workshop Hosted by the Film Photography Project. This takes place in Ohio on August 4th. If you are in the area, please stop by and see me. If you do PLEASE email me that you will be attending. I would like to know so I can be on the look out for you.

Ok. I'm done... for now ;)

Backer Update #13: Office Tour, Print Assemblies, and Winding Keys

Posted by Robert Hamm (Creator)
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Hello Squares!  

Let's take a look at the office and production facility for NuBox. 

I'll go over how I keep my sanity, the printers I use and the uses for each, and talk a little about my design and assembly process. I'll finish up by sharing with you a little engineering solution I came up with to make better winding knobs for you!  

How exciting!?!  

Cheers,  

Rob