The Kickstarter campaign has ended and our project stands at $22,075 pledged, 110% funded from 168 backers. Wow, what a success! Now, it’s time to get busy for me (aka the creator) and my friend Dan.
14 Day review window from Kickstarter
There is a 14 day review window from Kickstarter for reviewing, collecting and processing pledges. After that, funds will be transferred directly to our bank account. For those who missed out, we will be setting up a page for online ordering before we place the final order with our manufacturer. So, watch this space!
Next steps: Procurement
Everything is ready for ordering with my suppliers so nothing stops us to order when the funds are released. All boards are SMD (surface mounted devices) so assembly can be fully automated. Once we order we get a definite manufacturing end date since the factory can be in a peak or non-peak period. Nothing indicates a peak period. The connections on the shield have been emphasized with numbers (1 to 5) to aid installation of the controller. Additional controllers will be ordered to counter 5% defect rate. As a small improvement, I have dropped the opto endstop flag and bracket. You can use now the stock endstop as is. In the Inkscape engraving plug in, you have the option to mirror Y. In the cutting plugin, you just have to turn the workpiece. Alternatively, I will add a software mirror feature here as well. I will add a download section to this website so for those who are curious, they can download and install it to see how it works (generate G-code files).
Kickstarter only allows you to do a survey once. So when closer to shipping, I will issue the reward survey to confirm:
Your name, shipping address and reward(s). Where people have pledged for multiple rewards, I will combine shipping. For those who order after the Kickstarter, I will add you to the reward fulfillment list for shipping.
Thank you again for making Gerbil a success!