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#1 fezzasus

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Posted 11 March 2014 - 01:15 PM

[color=rgb(40,40,40);font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;]Most of you will be aware by now that I am working on a project to offer replacement headlights. The main sticking point is the cost of entry due to the manufacturing techniques involved. Injection moulding costs upwards of £15,000 per mould, this means a 'single shot' approach to generate the array of moulded items in one go is massively expensive (keep in mind each mould is handed so to offer a pair of headlights it takes between 4-6 moulds depending how the rear casing is produced).[/color]

[color=rgb(40,40,40);font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;]Instead I am breaking down the approach to smaller targets, this generates money so the project becomes self sufficient. This is the first phase of the headlight project and involves offering replacement headlight lens covers. These will be made to the standards of the original items, including the same grade of polycarbonate, same thickness, same internal ridge (which helps with alignment and prevents the spread of the bonding agent), black paint around the outside. [/color]

[color=rgb(40,40,40);font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;]One change will be the E marking, which will be provided as a transparent sticker to as a work around to avoid concerns over a non-approved part. Technically the E marking relates to the individual projectors within the enclosure, not the enclosure itself, however as I cannot demonstrate that the user has installed the correct E marked bulbs in their headlight enclosure I cannot provide them pre-labelled.[/color]

[color=rgb(40,40,40);font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;]Finally, the reason for this post: to get past the cost of the mould I am going to fund it via crowd funding. Kick starter is the best known crowd funding website. Effectively customers pledge money to the project before the item is produced, but that money is only taken from them when there is a critical mass of people who have together pledged enough money for the project to take off. The projects tend to wait for funding over a fixed length of time.[/color]

[color=rgb(40,40,40);font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;]I have already committed money to produce the mould, the money I will be asking for is to cover batch production and shipping. Items will be priced at £130 per pair with bonding materials (a PIB which will not degrade the plastic, unlike polyurethanes such as tiger seal) for the first set, going up to £150 after that.[/color]

[color=rgb(40,40,40);font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;]The payment will be handled by a crowd funding website, and you will not pay unless the project is successful. I have already seen a sample from the manufacturer and am confident they can replicate the lenses. Items will take 90 days to deliver from the project being successfully funded. [/color]
 

Crowdfunding website is here. http://www.crowdfund...eadlight-covers



#2 fezzasus

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Posted 11 March 2014 - 01:17 PM

Please note the photo on the project page is of my original lens cover. I will update this thread with the sample photos and general progress as it develops



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Posted 11 March 2014 - 01:21 PM

payment sent , #1 backer



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Posted 11 March 2014 - 01:26 PM

Great, thanks. Was actually hoping to put my name down first but it won't let me as i'm the starter!



#5 Graeme Lambert

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Posted 11 March 2014 - 01:36 PM

Done, number two backer :D



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Posted 11 March 2014 - 01:40 PM

Done :)



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Posted 11 March 2014 - 01:43 PM

Why no GoCardless option for funding?

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Posted 11 March 2014 - 02:00 PM

Done



#9 fezzasus

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Posted 11 March 2014 - 02:12 PM

Why no GoCardless option for funding?

 

Should be in place now.



#10 techieboy

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Posted 11 March 2014 - 02:33 PM

Good man. thumbsup

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Posted 11 March 2014 - 02:42 PM

Im in  :tt:  :tt: 



#12 fezzasus

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Posted 11 March 2014 - 02:48 PM

Lovely 1/8 of the way there already!



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Posted 11 March 2014 - 03:04 PM

I'm in.

Have pledged.



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Posted 11 March 2014 - 03:07 PM

Tom, are these units not coming as a complete lighting pod? Or are they coming in separate bits to be assembled at home?

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Posted 11 March 2014 - 03:08 PM

I think within 1 week the goal is reached..can't see why anyone with a VX220/Speedster would say no to this.



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Posted 11 March 2014 - 03:09 PM

Tom, are these units not coming as a complete lighting pod? Or are they coming in separate bits to be assembled at home?

 

They're just the clear lens covers. I will be producing the entire unit however it's a significant gamble to produce all the parts in one go, so I want to produce the lenses first. You can either pay for the lenses now and wait for the rest of the unit (I can provide without the clear lenses so you don't buy duplicate parts) or wait and buy the whole unit later, however for that to happen enough people need to buy the lenses first otherwise I can't put them into production.



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Posted 11 March 2014 - 03:10 PM

I think within 1 week the goal is reached..can't see why anyone with a VX220/Speedster would say no to this.

 

I hope so, the sooner the total is reached and funding released, the sooner the 90 day countdown to providing each person with covers happens.

 

Any additional money (from going over the target) will be used to pay for the moulds required for the rest of the headlight assembly, so no need to stop at the target either!



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Posted 11 March 2014 - 03:18 PM

Does the payment come out of my account now? I know you said earlier thst it wont come out unless successful but it doesn't say that on the pledge page and if it comes out now I dont have the funds to cover it..

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Posted 11 March 2014 - 03:23 PM

It comes out when all the target is met.



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Posted 11 March 2014 - 03:27 PM

I thought you said you were going to use kickstarter?

 

Kickstarter doesn't take your money until the target it met.

Crowdfunder takes your money immediately. That's not a pledge, it's a payment. Who holds the money? I'm guessing crowdfunder do, which makes me feel a little uneasy






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