[hackerspaces] Start a Kickstarter for Your Laser Cutter Today

David Powell davepow16 at gmail.com
Wed Feb 9 22:54:39 CET 2011

They want project ideas and good gifts. Harford Hackerspace was pre-approved
for a laser cutter kickstarter a while back. We have been putting a lot of
thought into it. We want a laser but we also know the community wants
something in return. So we have come up with several project ideas that
would benefit the community long after we get our laser cutter. We are now
working on generating a quality video. There are a ton of kickstarter
projects that have failed to meet their goal because the person put together
a poor presentation.

My advise to Sector67 is to submit a different project idea that requires a
laser cutter to produce and include the price of the laser cutter into your
funding goal. Make the plans for the project OpenSource and perhaps offer
one of whatever it is you make as a gift to the contributors.

On Wed, Feb 9, 2011 at 4:26 PM, Sector67 Team <team at sector67.org> wrote:

> *Well, we tried:*
> Category
> Technology
> 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.
> Links
> http://sector67.org
> *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.
> Best,
> Daniella
> *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 :-)
> Chris
> 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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