Kickstarter Series: Simply Amplified

January 23rd, 2013

Kickstarter and 3D Printing

By: Alicia Frye

GROWit prints magical, masterful, pure-awesomeful things every day. In this particular blog series, we highlight some of our Kickstarter customers: the leading innovators of consumer products. Today’s highlighted success? Simply Amplified.

SIMPLY AMPLIFIED

Simply Amplified is a GROWit subsidiary (so you know it’s a great company). Simply Amplified Symphony Shells are custom 3D printed smartphone amplifiers – available on Simply Amplified’s website. The team brought this project to Kickstarter to raise funds to develop fully recyclable, ecofriendly material to make greener products at a more affordable price point.

Kickstarter and 3D Printing - Simply Amplified Symphony Shell - MUREX

The best way to learn about this Symphony Shells Kickstarter campaign is to check out the project page itself.

Even if this project isn’t fully funded via Kickstarter, there’s still some awesome news –  you can still get Symphony Shells made in their original material on www.simplyamplified.com for all iPhone 4/4s/5 models.

As of today, this project is 61% backed and we still have a few days to go –we’ve almost made our goal! We’d really love your support in making this materials project happen – both for you and your wallet.

Kickstarter and 3D Printing - Simply Amplified Symphony Shell - NAUTILUS

Regardless of the outcome, still be sure and see all Simply Amplified amplifier designs!

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Kickstarter Series: LUNATIK

January 7th, 2013

3D Printing and Kickstarter Series :: LUNATIK 

Kickstarter and 3D Printing

By: Alicia Frye

GROWit prints magical, masterful, pure-awesomeful things every day. In this particular blog series, we highlight some of our Kickstarter customers: the leading innovators of consumer products. Today’s highlighted success? LUNATIK.

LUNATIK

MINIMAL design is a true star in successful vision-to-launch with LUNATIK products. LUNATIK’s disruptive nature and transformational design to impact everyday life look to be just too irresistible for crowdfunding cruisers to pass up. One might even say their award-winning founder Scott Wilson is Jeopardy!’s Ken Jennings of the Kickstarter world with his 3 for 3 record [LUNATIK TAKTIK :: LUNATIK Touch Pen :: TikTok+LunaTik]. TAKTIK came out with a not-too-shabby $680,568 raised in 30 days, funded by over 450% of their goal.

Kickstarter and 3D Printing - TAKTIK LUNATIK - GROWit

TAKTIK :: Premium Protection System for the iPhone

TAKTIK is one revolutionary iPhone case that made its way on Kickstarter and, in my humble iPhone-using opinion, is truly the case of all cases. It’s resilient structure and functional design was no mistake.

“By obsessing over all the details that others neglect like fit, finish, feel, display integrity, robustness and aesthetics, we are raising the bar again,” shares LUNATIK creator Scott Wilson.

The TAKTIK brings its hardcore game in all of its rugged glory and looks good doing it. From water to concrete, baby can practically withstand any encounter (not that it’s actually encouraged for one to seek out such encounters…). This case can more than handle the beatings that are inevitable for iPhone users.

TAKTIK has some stunning features:

  • Shockproof Suspension System 9mm Impact Truss + Ballastik Bezel
  • Upgradable High Sensitivity Gorilla Glass Lens Protection
  • Acoustic water + dust resistant mic/speaker covers
  • Photo/Flash friendly camera opening
  • 3.5 HSJ cover made from anodized aircraft grade aluminum
  • 30-pin plug allows quick access for charging
  • Silence switch
  • iPhone antenna friendly metal case
  • Tested using military specification standards
  • Available starting at $99.95

TAKTIK for iPhone4/4s is currently available at LUNATIK (https://www.lunatik.com/products/taktik) and TAKTIK for iPhone 5 will be available for pre-order in January.  LUNATIK will also unveil a larger series of protective cases in the new year.

GROWit

LUNATIK was able to use GROWit’s 3D printing technology facility to take TAKTIK from the computer screen to the physical hand. Material simulations, form-to-fit testing, and product representation in early development stages are staples in rapid prototyping and product development.

Iterations of products like this give designers a physical product to use and represent on platforms like Kickstarter. For a small amount of money and time, designers save across the board when using a service bureau for creating new consumer products.

Kickstarter and 3D Printing - TAKTIK iPhone Case - GROWit

Be sure and check all of LUNATIK Kickstarter success products, which all underwent 3D printing R&D-to-production process under the GROWit HQ roof:

LUNATIK TAKTIK :: LUNATIK Touch Pen :: TikTok+LunaTik

Can’t wait to see what’s to come in future LUNATIK Kickstarter campaigns.

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Kickstarter Series: ChargeCard

December 17th, 2012

3D Printing and Kickstarter Series :: ChargeCard

Kickstarter and 3D Printing Series

By: Alicia Frye

GROWit prints magical, masterful, pure-awesomeful things every day. In this particular blog series, we highlight some of our Kickstarter customers: the leading innovators of consumer products. Today’s highlighted success? ChargeCard.

ChargeCard

ChargeCard began in late 2011 with one simple idea: create a credit card sized USB charger/sync cable for the iPhone. Like most true great ideas in the hands of a solid team [Noah Dentzel, Adam Miller, and Brian Hahn], ChargeCard began its journey from concept to object.

The idea took form in early working prototyped versions made by the ChargeCard crew, but the models lacked essential design details (a nice way of saying they weren’t the prettiest of creations). In need of a beautiful, final form prototype for showcasing their product on Kickstarter, ChargeCard turned to 3D printing to help make a tangible product that would be sure to excite their potential backers.

Kickstarter - ChargeCard - Prototype Printed at GROWit 3D

ChargeCard

With that, the 3D printing service bureau search began! ChargeCard wanted to both keep business local in California and work with top notch services for their project. GROWit was thrilled to be able to provide 1) parts made using Connex® 500 technology – a state-of-the-art, material jetting machine that allows two materials to be printed at once and be digitally blended, 2) the local factor, and 3) customer service from start to finish.

“When we got our first batch back from GROWit, we were really excited; they were better than we’d expected”, says Noah Dentzel. Within a matter of days, the prototypes made were delivered and ready for use to film ChargeCard’s Kickstarter video. The results? ChargeCard raised $161,000, exceeding their $50,000 goal by over 300%.

Kickstarter - ChargeCard - Prototype Printed at GROWit 3D

Made in California | for Micro USB and iPhone

“We’re already working on more designs for future products that we’ll have printed at GROWit…GROWit’s 3D printing capabilities have been an amazing resource for our company,” says Dentzel.

As a backer of ChargeCard, I get to experience the “backer side of things” as well as see the rapid prototyping / development side of their project in my current position at GROWit. There are several factors when one considers what defines a successful Kickstarter project. From all angles, ChargeCard not only offers a fantastic product, but also has an inherent understanding of how to create a brand that people can relate to and be proud of as a supporter.

Kickstarter - ChargeCard - Prototype Printed at GROWit 3D

ChargeCard is now in production (still local in Anaheim, CA) and the real ChargeCards will start coming off the line this month. You can reserve your microUSB and/or iPhone ChargeCard today on their website.

Way to go, ChargeCard! Can’t wait for delivery!

 

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