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.
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.
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.
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/
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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 :)
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.