The Kickstarter was a success. We raised over £12,000!Alas we won’t receive the money until 14 days have passed, so it should be arriving in 5 days. In the meantime I am continuing to refine the design. This mostly involves making it simpler to print and assemble. I have also modified the thumb, to make it more organic as well as easier to position. These designs and test prints have occupied most of my time.
We also plan to open an online shop to take pre-orders. We also hope to make an entire arm, with shoulder joint, available sometime in the next few months.
Ok so we got word back from kickstarter. We needed to change one thing, and then it was ok to go. I also tweaked some elements and improved some information about the project and where we hope to improve the hand in future.
Ooh that launch button is soo tempting!
Ok so we pressed the subit button about 26 hours ago and… well no word yet. Hopefully it’ll be up soon.
Before then you might like this
You can’t really see it there, but the design tweaks I made to the robohand have been incorporated.
It’s clearer here as well as at the top of that page. Glad to see that more kids are being helped by this.
In the very final stretches of launching the campaign. Well kickstarter needs to ok it, which could take hours or days. Hopefully the former.
I am expanding to take on custom 3D design work. A new menu item is now available on the website now.
My areas of expertise are:
- Designing for 3D printing.
- Product design.
- Biomimcry in designs.
My conditions will be as follows.
- £10 an hour (as of writing $15.24, 11.56 euro)
- I will give you a quote, based solely upon the description/drawings given in our discussion before first payment.
- Half the quote to be payable up front.
- Second half to be payable after sending renderings.
- Stl files to be sent upon full payment.
- Any changes before full payment, will require a re-quote, and the difference between new quote and original quote to be paid upfront.
- Any changes after full payment and receipt of Stl file, will require new quote and payment up front.
- Agreement that I may use design renderings for promotional/advertising purposes, unless explicitly requested otherwise. Your models will always remain confidential.
- I retain the right to withdraw from work at any point.
- I can alter my conditions at any point.
If you’re interested contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Payment via Paypal – email address to be given with quote.
Ok it’s been a little quiet here. Well we’ve been working on the Kickstarter, so working out rewards, making videos that are as least embarrassing as possible etc.
Here are some of those vids.
And now for another vid with my co-designer.
It looks wonderful. Tbh I almost wish I’d spent more time adding useless but cool detail. However there is one big drawback. The 0.5mm gap I’d left apparently was not enough this time and the joints are fused.
I’ve not given up hope yet since the way the 3D printing works means that the nylon powder in the 0.5mm gap is likely to have recieved less energy than its neighbours, meaning that less sintering occurred and it is more weakly bound. I also read that the powder on the surface is less fused than that deeper down (from someone DIY polishing WSF). So I’ve been spending time with a scalpel cutting into the seams of the joints. This wasn’t allowing it to move, so I’m combining it with plan B.
I checked the material resistances of Nylon and discovered that it does dissolve in acids. Now the particles deep down are more solidly combined, so I expect less surface area than those at the surface, and those bunging up the joints. I don’t have any lab grade acids around so tonight had to make do with Lemonade, carbonated water and Vitamin C tablets. I’ve dunked the fingers into that concoction and will leave it over night. Tbh I don’t know if it’ll have any effect or not.
If that doesn’t work then I’ll go get plan C. Acetic acid, aka Vinegar. I hope it doesn’t come to that, partly becuase plan B will smell so much nicer than plan C!
I’ll be putting some pics up tomorrow.