It’s time for another backer update. This update will focus on the current delay, progress made since the October update, and communication between you and me.
I have received threatening and disruptive emails/communications meant to demoralize and harass me ever since the project became delayed. Some communications have insinuated harm to me with the intent intimidate.
People have said things to me that no one would say in person. None of it has been necessary, but it has happened none-the-less. I have been affected by it, yet, I have kept working (more on that in a moment).
I completely understand the frustration you rightfully have. I feel frustrated too. I share your desire for the project to be completed and for NuBox to ship. However, trying to shame me, call me names, make veiled threats against me … none of these things are ok, nor do they help NuBox. Please think before you post something demeaning. Remember all comments are public and could become actionable.
I posted an update in the comments section during November/December (about 5 months ago today) stating that because of the types of communications above, I would not be responding or communicating with Backers making that kind of post.
I read all comments and posts to the project and have notifications turned on. Although I may not have responded directly to every comment, I appreciate those who have been polite and supportive. Thank you.
The Project is Ongoing:
Let’s get up to date with the project: NuBox is still delayed as explained in Backer Update #17, the October Update. The main issues are still: lenses, shutters, and the budget. Backer update #14 posted on July 12 talks about an issue with lenses. That update also discusses how producing cameras on scale is much more difficult than I expected, or experienced, producing the first few prototypes. Updates 15 and 16 discuss the shipping delays and goes into a little more detail about the production issues. Each of the updates brought you the news and maintained a positive outlook for the project. Check the individual updates for more information.
As outlined in the original campaign, I expected to use a specific kind of 3D printing called DLP or SLA printing. These methods are similar with DLP allowing for multiple units being produced at one time. Both methods use liquid resin which is cured by a laser or UV light to create a solid part from the liquid. This process was necessary to produce the tiny parts for the shutter mechanism. I discussed all the printers in Update 13, Office Tour and Print Assemblies.
Update 13 was important because it showcased the area where NuBox was being produced and showed off some of the designs and their physical counterparts. I also briefly talk about the DLP resin printer giving me troubles. This became more important over time and is one of the reasons I discussed the shutter assemblies in update 14- I was experiencing issues that would impact the timeline even further.
Let’s put this part together- budget:
Everything costs money. From running the machines to the individual parts; the budget for the project is used at every turn. Every piece that is printed costs money. No matter if it prints properly or turns into waste, it all eats away at the budget. Some costs are fixed, such as the equipment and some supplies. Some costs are variable, such as print filament and resin. The more issues I encountered printing the more it cost to continue. SO, I became more conservative with my printing iterations as the budget was used making NuBox.
Where we are now:
I have continued to work on NuBox since the October Update and am almost ready to show an updated NuBox which better addresses the production difficulties I have encountered during the project.
One change I have been working on has been to switch the shutter from a lever mechanism to a trigger mechanism. In this configuration I eliminated the small pieces required for the current shutter design (which stem from the issues with the DLP printing I was reporting) and use a “cock-to-fire” style of shutter.
I have also considered replacing the lens in the lens-cartridge with a pinhole. This has to do with the issues with the lenses I have been using, and directly relates to the budget because the lenses are generally the most expensive part of the camera.
The exterior design of the camera is changing slightly as well to accommodate the updated shutter design. The camera will become slightly shorter overall but not effect the operation or loading of film.
These are just a couple of the changes I’ve been working on based on the issues I have encountered. More information will follow in the next update.
A word from the heart:
Guys, I’m just one person. I have a family and a job. I have poured my heart into this project. There are some people out there that make out like I hit the jackpot and stole your money. That’s just not true. I’ve worked on NuBox and worked my regular profession and raised a family just like most of you do. It’s been a difficult road, but I believe in NuBox enough to put my name on it. That’s how important this project is to me. I haven’t made millions of dollars. I didn’t get a big pile of cash and run off into the sunset. Instead, you helped me launch a product from scratch. Please remember that as much as I was creating something new, you were backing a new creation made by one person- me.
After a year of planning and prototyping I introduced NuBox to KickStarter. Once funded, I bought the materials and equipment, and began production. Unfortunately, everything hasn’t gone as smoothly as I planned. It would have been one thing if the only problems I encountered were with production. However, that’s not only the case. Along with dealing with the dissatisfaction of a delayed project, I’ve had several people constantly hounding me, personally and publicly, and that has affected me. For those of you that felt like I left you and abandoned the project, I’m sorry. I haven’t, and I continue.