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3D printed plastic drums that can be played with the fingers. Since they're ABS plastic and watertight, you can also drink from them!

** New reward added ** 10/12/2013
At the $5 level you can get a copy of the digital files to print the drums yourself if you have a 3D printer! You'll get 5 files, not just 3, I'll include the 5" and 7" drums both with and without handles! (Updating here , because you can't change the reward text once somebody has pledged at that level)

** Super cool update ** 10/4/2013
The Makerspace at Valdosta State University is printing the 5" and 7" prototypes for me! Hope to have them next week.  I donated a spool of ABS plastic to them. :^)
** end super cool update **

3D printing is quite amazing!  I've been able, with my little Makerbot "Thing-O-Matic" to print some really neat objects.  The neatest, I think, is the little drum I designed, a 'Finger Doumbek'.  A doumbek is a middle eastern hand drum.  My littlest one is 4 inches tall. 

4" Finger Doumbek
4" Finger Doumbek

Right now on the Thing-O-Matic that's the biggest one I can print.  A 5 inch drum I can make in two parts and glue together, but I've designed a much bigger one - 7 inches tall - that I can't print at all right now.

4" 'Double Shot' and 5" 'Big Shot'
4" 'Double Shot' and 5" 'Big Shot'


That's where this Kickstarter - and YOU - come in!  I want a bigger (and more reliable) printer so I can make this cool stuff I've been dreaming up and I need help financing it to continue building up my business as a 3D design and print shop.  So I'm offering to send you a great little finger drum in thanks for helping me.  The bigger your contribution, the bigger the drum!  Or in fact, a drum SET if you want all 3!
Now pretty much all of the rewards are being offered in limited quantity.  That's because I do have a 'day job' and want to be sure I'm offering something I can deliver WHEN I say it'll be there.  So the first set of rewards will be sent by to you in time for THIS Christmas (2013).  But those are few in number, the rest will be delivered by St.Patrick's Day 2014 (just because I picked a holiday for the first one).  In reality, they'll probably get out to you sooner, but, again, I want to be sure that I'm promising something I can deliver in thanks for you helping me.

Drum on!!

The highest level of rewards are for custom work I can do to make your imagination into a real object!  There's even an option to get it in BRONZE instead of just plastic.  Thanks for considering this project!

Here's how I thought up the Finger Doumbek originally!!

 Here's a link to the 3D printer I'm acquiring: https://www.lpfrg.com/product/creatr/

Creatr Printer from Leapfrog
Creatr Printer from Leapfrog

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The biggest challenge will be getting the new printer delivered in time to insure making the drums for Christmas delivery.
I'm buying a Leapfrog Creatr. They're made in the Netherlands and I'm in the United States. That's an issue, but already researched; there's a domestic distributor with stock on hand (as of 28-Sep-2013). *IF* they sell out and can't deliver in the 2-3 weeks they're now quoting I could get quite behind delivering for Christmas. So once I see that this project looks like it will get funded, I'll acquire the Creatr even before this project ends. Worst case is I find a different machine to buy. There are a number of companies making machines that will do the job and several have machines in stock with delivery dates in the 2-3 week range.
WORST WORST case is I pay somebody else to make the 5 and 7 inch drums for the Christmas delivery (I can already make the 4 inch drums on the Thing-O-Matic) and then get the new printer in and make the larger drums for the St.Paddy's Day deliveries.
UPDATE (10/17/2013): I now have people who can print both the 5" and 7" prototypes so we've got this covered! Also I just bought one of these printers at work and it was delivered in 4 weeks, so we know they can deliver on time :)

FAQ

  • ABSOLUTELY!
    You'll need to let me know once the project is funded that you want yours WITHOUT HANDLES. Just basically drum(s) not mug(s).
    In fact, the only reason the 4" drums DON'T have handles is that proportionally they'd have to be too thin to be sturdy or if they were thick enough to be sturdy they don't look right. So I'm not going to offer the 4" 'double shot's with handles, but 5" and 7" items can be made without.

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    Finger Doumbek Drum Circle: I'll give you a shout-out on Twitter from my account (@VAXHeadroom) to my 1300+ followers and a web link on the Finger Doumbek website for thinking 3D printing a drum is a way cool idea!

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    Virtual Drum Kit! If you already have a 3D printer and want to print the drums yourself this is for you! The "STL" files will be emailed to you along with detailed instructions for all 3 drums! This digital file set will be available exclusively on 3Dagogo.com after this campaign ends but will cost $1 more!

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    Santa's Elf Doumbek Double-Shot! You'll get a 4 inch tall 3D printed Finger Doumbek 'Double Shot' to have or give in time for Christmas 2013!

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    Leprechaun Doumbek Double-Shot! You'll get a 4 inch tall 3D printed Finger Doumbek 'Double Shot' to have or give in time for St. Patrick's Day 2014!

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    Reindeer Doumbek Big Shot! You'll get a 5 inch tall 3D printed Finger Doumbek with a handle: a 'Big Shot' to have or give in time for Christmas 2013! (holds 12 ounces)

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    Pot-o-Gold Doumbek Big Shot! You'll get a 5 inch tall 3D printed Finger Doumbek with a handle: a 'Big Shot' to have or give in time for St. Patrick's Day 2014! (holds 12 ounces)

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    Luck-o-the-Irish Doumbek Steinbek! You'll get a 7 inch tall 3D printed Finger Doumbek with a handle : a 'Steinbek' to have or give in time for St.Patrick's Day 2014! (holds about 18 ounces)

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    Pint-o-Cheer Doumbek Steinbek! You'll get a 7 inch tall 3D printed Finger Doumbek with a handle : a 'Steinbek' to have or give in time for Christmas 2013! (holds about 18 ounces)

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    Finger Doumbek Drum Kit! You get a Double Shot, a Big Shot, AND a Steinbek all shipped to you to have or give in time for Christmas 2013!

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    Finger Doumbek GLOW KIT! You get a Double Shot, a Big Shot, AND a Steinbek ALL MADE IN GLOW IN THE DARK PLASTIC and all shipped to you to have or give in time for Christmas 2013!

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    Your custom project! Up to 5 hours of design time and 2 physical copies of your project. I normally charge $40/hour so this could be a good deal if you have something custom in mind. The LADEE satellite model I show in the video took about this amount of design time. Since this involves collaboration and time, these will run out through the end of 2014 (assuming all 10 are funded).

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    Your custom design BRONZED! This level includes the custom project reward but also will include 2 copies of your custom object cast in sculpture quality bronze by Baltimore Knife in addition to the 2 ABS plastic copies.

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