BRCK stickers and T-Shirts ship today!
Juliana’s BRCK booted up in the lobby at the Clinton Global Initiative.
We keep saying that the BRCK Engineering team is working feverishly to meet our kickstarter deadlines and today we get to show you what some of the fuss has been about.
This is a 3D print of the final design for the BRCK’s case, careful observers will note that it’s a bit taller and the port covers don’t come all the way to the base anymore. 3D printing is an amazing tool in modern product development and it’s super fun, but it’s not perfect. The process is a constant compromise between speed, durability, and accuracy. You never get to have all three, but on the other hand, nothing else gives you the same feedback in such little time.
Most of our prints in this process have been done at Incept3D on an Objet printer. Objet prints are fairly brittle: a little too much force and they snap or even shatter. Not the sort of situation one typically thinks of when your making a device made in and for Africa. But the upside is, if you can make a rugged and durable case from an Objet Printer, then your final case will be that much the stronger for it!
You’ll notice the vertical ribbing on the inside of the main case comes up and actually locks into the top plate making it almost function as a solid block. We’re especially proud of some of the little features like that.
Now that we’ve gotten to a point were we can throw brittle prints around the room with little concern, we’re just about ready to cut our injection mold tools and make the real things!
Our Shoulder Bags are leaving KE for the states soon!
As of today, we are no longer taking Pre-Orders for BRCK.
Over the next few months we’ll be finalizing our manufacturing processes and fulfilling our kickstarter and pre-orders. We’ll have an online store (along with a new website) up in the late fall/early winter.
At BRCK we love a good bag. and we know we’re not alone.
Bags are our life blood on the road, and on the road is where a lot of us are more often than not. We’ve all had bags we loved and held onto until the patches and repairs were making up more of the bag than what was left of the origional. But too often, we find that bags don’t live up to their potential, zippers fail, fabric runs, seams fall appart.
When we decided to do a release of custom bags made in Nairobi for the Kickstarter, we knew we had to make them great. Durable, handsom, functional, simple.
It’s take longer than we would have liked, but we finally have a shoulder bag and a tool bag that we’re happy with. Both bags are being finished over the over the next few weeks and will be headed into the later in October.
We’re just a few months away from shipping and our work is moving along faster than ever. Engineering is getting the last little details finalized, and we are just about happy with the case. Here are a few images of this near finished version.
See the rest of the images on Flickr.