Spark Core’s why Kickstarter projects are always delayed #sparkcore #kickstarter

Creators of Spark Core have also created a guide to help answer backer questions and aid future crowdsource campaign starters. As the title suggests the guide runs through potential curveballs that can cause manufacturing delays. One notable reason is adding features to your project suggested by your backers. While causing a delay you are ultimately delivering a better product to your supporters. There are many more other good bits of advice in their guide and the benefit to readers of this site is gearing the article to electronic hardware manufacturing. Enjoy.

 

Learn from Clyde’s Kickstarter #kickstarter #clyde

Kickstarter and other crowdsourcing sites are a great way to get your project out to other people. However there have been many crowdsourced projects were creators were unprepared or unexperienced, ultimately leading to a much harder exerience than anticipated or failure. Some creators have graciously documented their experience in hopes to lead those new to the process in a successful direction. The creators of Clyde, a customizable lamp, are one such group.

The creators of the Clyde have put together a 5 part guide discussing what they learned about getting your project to Kickstarter, manufactured and sent out to your supporters.

There are more articles like this that can be found under the Kickstarter category. Enjoy.

DesignSpark Mechanical: Free Edition of SpaceClaim 3D Modeller #SpaceClaim #DesignSpark

RS Components release of DesignSpark Mechanical seems like fairly big news if you’re interested in bridging the gap between PCB design and having a real product.   Eventually you’ll need to put your PCB inside something, and you’ll typically need some CAD software to do that if you want more than one instance!

There are a number of 3D design programs out there, both commercial and open source, but DesignSpark Mechanical is based on SpaceClaim, which grabbed my attention since I know one or two people using this and they’ve generally been very happy with the interface and modelling capabilities designing parts for injection molding.

DesignSpark Mechanical exports direct to .stl, so it’s wonderfully friendly for 3D printing, and it’s nice to see mechanical engineering and part design slowly being democratized the same way PCB design has become in the past 5-10 years!

Life After Kickstarter: 5 Costly Lessons From A Kickstarter-Backed Designer

Great article on some of the pitfalls that come with crowdsourcing and delivering a product  to your customers.

By the end of the 40-day campaign, in June, some 4,500 backers had pledged $212,265 to make Une Bobine a reality. Along the way, Fuse Chicken had expanded its offerings, introducing a micro USB version of the charger suitable for Android handsets, as well as a shorter length option for each version.

It was an undeniable, unmitigated Kickstarter triumph. But as Fawcett would quickly learn, it was just the beginning of the Bobine’s journey.

Read more here.

Production: How to Price Your Hardware Product

The mistake most hardware startups make is they don’t charge enough because they don’t think of the problems they will encounter at scale. They don’t calculate the real cost to deliver their product to a customer’s door, they leave no margin to sell through retail down the road when opportunities arise, and they can’t easily raise the price after it has been set.

Read more at Hackthings.com