[hackerspaces] Start a Kickstarter for Your Laser Cutter Today

Sector67 Team team at sector67.org
Wed Feb 9 22:26:18 CET 2011

*Well, we tried:*

Funding Goal

$1,000 - $5,000
Project Description

Sector67 is a hacker/maker/community workspace in Madison, WI. We're working
on making next generation technology available to anyone interested in the
Madison area. We could really use a laser cutter to enable people to build
some of their creations.
Project Rewards

We're going to use the laser cutter to run off one of a kind Sector67 swag
to give out and/or to engrave whatever people would like as a reward for
sponsoring the machine.


*and resulted in:*

Thank you for taking the time to share your idea. Unfortunately, this isn't
the right fit for Kickstarter. We receive many project proposals daily and
review them all with great care and appreciation. We see a wide variety of
inspiring ideas, and while we value each one's uniqueness and creativity,
Kickstarter is not the right platform for all of them. We wish you the best
of luck as you continue to pursue your endeavor.


*Thoughts?*  I've seen other projects with similar requests so I'm a bit
surprised, being the project proposal I didn't spend a hell of a lot of time
writing it up but in the same sense it seems to be flatly rejected :-)


On Tue, Feb 8, 2011 at 1:03 PM, Adina Bogert-O'Brien <adina at thinkhaus.org>wrote:

> We (think|haus) went the cheap chinese route as well. The main problem we
> ran into was that the original control board and software sucked. Really
> sucked. Fortunately, some of our members have the skills to modify it:
> http://www.thinkhaus.org/2010/06/24/howto-turn-a-cheap-chinese-laser-engraver-into-a-pretty-good-laser-cutter-2/
> <http://www.thinkhaus.org/2010/06/24/howto-turn-a-cheap-chinese-laser-engraver-into-a-pretty-good-laser-cutter-2/>We
> ended up with a pretty decent 40W CO2 laser for a little over $1000 CAD in
> initial purchase costs + parts.
> -Adina
> On 7 February 2011 17:15, Russ Garrett <russ at garrett.co.uk> wrote:
>> On 7 February 2011 17:15, bre pettis <brepettis at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > I will also donate on kickstarter to any hackerspace wanting to get a
>> > lasercutter. I recommend getting a non-chinese knockoff brand. Get the
>> > biggest one you can afford!
>> We found a dealer in the UK who imports the cheap Chinese laser
>> cutters and provides spares for them. We bought a 40W, 800x600mm
>> (24x32") model for less than a third the cost of the equivalent Epilog
>> model.
>> We have had a couple of problems with it, but primarily due to cooling
>> issues which were our fault.
>> --
>> Russ Garrett
>> russ at garrett.co.uk
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