3D Printing and Kickstarter Series :: LUNATIK
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Can’t wait to see what’s to come in future LUNATIK Kickstarter campaigns.
Author: Brett Dobosy
Additive manufacturing takes first place again. This time, it’s stolen the spotlight in the world of pinewood derby cars.
The boy-scout dominated sport of model cars has traditionally been limited to candidates of the tree-born variety. But these painstakingly-carved, gravity- driven wooden cars hold no candle to the firepower of propulsion pinewood derby vehicles. A number of methods have been developed to propel these tiny racers to the finish faster than the competition. Electric motors, inducted fans, or other rotary systems have been developed. Increasing in popularity currently is the single-use carbon dioxide tank that rapidly expels pressurized gas as a jet engine system.
Retired engineer Joseph Hodgson applied his mechanical knowledge to the world of pinewood derby racing to develop the car above out of carefully machined parts. The entire system drove his car to the finish line in a mere 1.14 seconds, much faster than traditional pinewood derby cars that finish between 2 and 3 seconds after they start. You really can’t get any better than that.
Or can you? If you contrast some of the aspects of Hodgson’s design with modern manufacturing processes like additive manufacturing, you might notice that his design still has room for improvement. Say, maybe putting in a bigger tank? Consolidating the trigger mechanism into a simpler housing? Giving it a cooler car body? All of these things are currently being taken into consideration for the 2nd Annual GROWit Pinewood Derby.
Above is one of the examples of additive manufacturing’s take on the pinewood derby. The original 12 gram tank of the previous design has been replaced with a 16 gram tank, the trigger mechanism has been simplified and condensed, and the car body has been outfitted with plenty of modifications that could not be created in such detail without the help of 3D printing, for example: the .50 caliber machine guns. The vehicle design takes after one featured in the blockbuster film Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
Pictured above is another contender in the pinewood derby. The Dwarven Sphere from the game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is currently being developed to tackle nearly impossible design constraints with the help of 3D drafting software. This particular vehicle must distribute its weight well enough to remain balanced on two wheels. It also incorporates a unique CO2 propulsion system. Instead of jettisoning the air backwards like a jet thruster, the air is instead funneled through the axels of the wheels to drive fan blades that will ultimately turn the air pressure into a rotary motion and drive the vehicle forward.
Many other GROWit employees are hard at work designing their not-so-pinewood derby cars. Other designs include perfectly aerodynamic teardrop bodies, dual CO2 tanks, and light up peripherals. Be sure to stay tuned to GROWit’s blog and watch for the results of the September 28th race.
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