But I want it now: Production Schedule Update
There has been a ton going on over the past day, so we just want to keep you all in the loop.
First off, we want to give a big thank you to everyone who has backed us, blogged about us, tweeted about us, and contacted us with offers of help, advice and encouragement. As you might have noticed, we’ve reached 400% of our funding goal in the first four days of the funding period! We’re beyond thrilled, but the sheer size of the response has taken us by surprise. We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to figure out two of the biggest issues we’ve been facing.
This update is going to address our plans for our production schedule, so it applies to everyone. We know it’s long, but we wanted to be as clear about everything as possible, so please bear with us. (The second issue is deciding whether to make a 240V international version of the machine, and we’re working on an update about that, too - sit tight!)
So here’s the deal: we originally figured that by the end of the Kickstarter funding period, we’d have about 100 machine orders and we’d start putting them out in mid-March. As of a second ago, we have 360 machine orders in, and it’s only the fourth day. So we’ve been thinking a lot about the best way to fill these orders as soon as we can. This involves talking to suppliers and getting quotes on the cost of outsourcing our production to better-established local facilities (mostly in Virginia and Georgia). We had always intended to go into large-scale production, but in our wildest dreams we never thought it would be before our Kickstarter pledge period ended. Right now we’re planning on manufacturing machines on our previously planned timetable. This means that we’ll still start shipping orders in mid-March. We expect to be able to get about 50 machines out in March, and approximately 50-100 machines per month thereafter. Orders will be filled in the order that pledges were submitted.That being said, we’re currently in negotiations with a few facilities here in the Southeast that would take over aspects of production. If we get enough orders, we will be able to enlist their help and manufacturing will go much faster. Until we figure out exactly what numbers we need - how much it would cost and how many machines we would have to make for it to make sense - we’re working with the previously stated schedule.
We want to stress that we still plan to start getting machines out by mid-March, as was our original estimation. But we also want to let you know that not every machine will be out by March, and that our exact timetable depends on the final number of orders. We understand that this might be a problem for some of you who have already backed us, and we want you to know that you’re able to rescind your pledge if you rather not support at this stage of the project, and that’s fine - no hard feelings! We remain as excited as ever to bring this product to you guys - the enthusiasts, the tinkerers, the pioneers. But we’re only four people, and as hard as we’re working, there are only 24 hours in the day.
The most thrilling thing about Kickstarter has been the amount of feedback we’ve gotten. You guys have raised questions about everything from branding to production to programming, telling us what you want in a machine and about how we can make that happen. It’s great to be in contact with a community of people who are interested in this machine, and we definitely want to make this an interactive process. So we’re trying to keep you up-to-date with our progress and respond to each and every one of your comments, suggestions and questions.
There are going to be bumps in the road, but we think it’s going to be a great ride. We understand that some of you might have to reconsider your backer status. We’re still thankful for all of your support and enthusiasm, and we’re still pumped about our product. If you have any questions/comments/concerns about this plan, you know how to reach us!
Coming soon: info regarding the possibility of an international version!