Getting really close
11 days ago
– Fri, May 07, 2021 at 09:56:56 PM
here’s the update, I know we should do more updates but we’d rather give news when we have a good amount of information to provide. We noticed two things. Most people don’t read the updates and they just send requests via email, if we fragment our updates into too many parts even fewer people would keep track of what’s happening. And, at each update (we can’t figure out why) the email requests increase, and reply to all of them is a huge time-burning experience that we cannot afford at this stage.
What we have:
2000 Kinetic Drivers 75% assembled
1500 “barrels” dark chromed (and awesome)
3500 brass “barrels” polished
All the cases from Portugal
All the rest of the parts machined but untreated
What we are still waiting for:
All the finishes and treating done
All the rest of the assembly
11000 ceramic bearings (soon)
360000 precision bits (soon)
15000 external packages (very soon)
Manually put all the bits in the case (when we get them)
Besides daily delays from all the manufacturers (normally covid related), we are very happy with the results.
We are confident that we’ll have everything in the next 4 weeks and we’ll start shipping from 500 to 700 Kinetic Driver(s) per week.
As always, a massive thank you for your support and patience!
We’re not wasting any waking minute.
2 months ago
– Tue, Mar 16, 2021 at 12:54:31 AM
Here we are again with a new update about the Kinetic Driver. :)
We can’t stop thanking all of our campaign backers and pre-order supporters: We hope that our care for every single detail of the Kinetic Driver will pay for your patience and waiting.
This won’t be a long update - but since many of you asked for a “ping” from us, we delivered! :)
What to Expect?
We left you hanging with a couple of issues: The cork case and the HEX socket hole.
We finally had the mold fixed by the external company we hired and the production of the cork cases has begun. This will take a while: we visited a few manufacturers and we didn’t just go for the largest one but the one that could give us the best quality and attention to details possible. We are really satisfied with the results and cork is one of our favorite materials now. Cork properties are just perfect for this application and we’re sure you’ll love it too.
We received many feedback and suggestions about the hex hole manufacturing process. We can assure you that we managed to go through all the options and have chosen the best compromise between fit and compatibility with the bits on the market. Unfortunately, all bits manufacturer have their own tolerance and we need to think about that compromising the least possible the fit.
Will you be able to keep the “end of April” date to start fulfilling?
Well, we still don’t know yet. The cork cases will be out for delivery around mid-April, and by then we want to create a “buffer” of ready-to-go Kinetic Driver, so we can start fulfilling without interruptions if a hiccup from the assembly and packing chains occurs.
It also looks like a new complete lockdown will be a thing soon, but we’re not wasting one minute to keep up with production.
“I have many other questions/feedback/suggestions, how can I reach you?”
We try to avoid using direct messages or the comment section because it would be a mess to keep track of all the requests and messages. If you need to get in touch with us, the fastest way is to write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, where our support team will help you.
Again, THANK YOU. We’ll never say that too much!
Here's where we are.
4 months ago
– Fri, Jan 29, 2021 at 02:56:09 AM
It's time for our monthly update about the Kinetic Driver project status!
If you don't have time to watch the video, you can find a small tl;dr below. ;)
Too Long; didn't watch:
It looks like you can find copies of our Kinetic Driver on the Internet. Be aware that they use our product name, pictures, videos, and description without our consent (duh!) and we have already taken legal action against them thanks to the new team member Simone. The copied product itself looks... well, it looks like a real Kinetic Driver, at least in its shape. And if you watch it from more than 2 meters away. With lights dimmed. And blindfolded. The poor materials they've used, together with a huge design defect, make these copies ugly and useless since they broke as soon as you force them to do their job: turning screws. This makes us not so prone to showing the manufacturing steps on our socials and updates, as we want to keep some details of the Kinetic Driver "secret".
We are late. We know that and we're very sorry, and we cannot stop thanking all of our backers and supporters for the patience they're having in waiting! We had a couple of challenges while manufacturing the hex hole where the bits go in: we were using a custom rotary broach to create the hex socket shape but after a few hundred Kinetic Driver shafts produced, we noted that there was inconstancy in the hole measures. The broach starts wearing off very soon and needs to be swapped with a new one. So we are now testing a different approach, based on the idea of a "punch press". The first results are really nice and there is 100% consistency between the first and the last units manufactured. We just need to work on the precision of the "punch press" but we found a partner company that has a more precise press that will surely help to keep the concentricity of the whole Kinetic Driver perfect.
We have found the best formula for the Dark Chromed: in the early prototypes, the Dark Chroming couldn't attach correctly to the brass part underneath because the polished brass surfaces were too smooth, so we solved that kind of issue by not polishing the brass and now, based on some "torture test", the Dark Chromed surface treatment won't come off.
We are dealing with the company that makes the Organizer Case (in a fancy, black-colored cork) to correct a couple of defects on the mold used to manufacture the case. We noted that some details were not as designed by us and we asked to fix them, but it requires quite some time to implement the modification because a new dedicated mold will be required.
The Covid-thing: It may sound like an excuse, but it is really affecting our manufacturing capabilities, especially because the "Covid excuse" is used a lot by the external partners we have to rely on for the parts not directly manufactured by us or the surface treatments. But hey, there's a huge, worldwide pandemic going on, and we are making all the possible effort to speed up the process as much as we can while staying safe.
We now expect to be able to start shipping at the end of April 2021, If everything goes in the right direction. We'll keep all you backers and pre-orders supporter updated later on.
We know that waiting sucks, but we've always preferred to take a little more time and correct any possible defects to deliver the best product we can, and we'll always do. Again, thank you for your patience, support, and for believing in us and our Kinetic Driver!
About your surveys...
Yes, we still have some pending surveys. Not a big deal since we will start shipping later than expected, but please remember to fill your survey as soon as you can, especially if you are a backer of the Founder's Edition Kinetic Driver since we need your survey answer to know what name you want to be put on the Kinetic Driver box.
There's a huge "bug" if you use your Apple account to login to Kickstarter, because Apple creates a unique email address for your Kickstarter login purpose, but never forward the email sent to that email address to your inbox, so if you login with Apple credential and have never received our survey email, contact us at email@example.com and we'll send your survey link there.
How can I contact you? I want more information!
We're always available at firstname.lastname@example.org for all your comments, feedback, suggestions and questions. That's the fastest way to communicate with us since we don't monitor any other direct/social messages.
We're using this delay well...
5 months ago
– Thu, Dec 17, 2020 at 03:10:07 AM
It's time for our monthly update!
As mentioned in our previous update, we're late because of the Covid-19 pandemic: it has disrupted both our and our partners' logistics and manufacturing capabilities, and having to produce thousands of Kinetic Driver(s) instead of the few hundreds we were expecting isn't helping the process. Once again, we would like to thank all our backers and pre-orders buyers for the support and patience in waiting for the Kinetic Driver to become reality!
But we're using well this extra time!
We have recently received the latest samples of the Kinetic Driver Organizer Case and they look amazing! We will show them in a separate update, coming in the next few weeks.
We're are using this delay to perfect the Dark Chroming on the brass: we wanted to achieve the most stunningly beautiful finish AND the longest durability over time, we kept tweaking the formula over and over and we're now proud to say that the dark chromed parts are SO SEXY! We've had to rely on an external partner to be able to manufacture thousands of Dark Chromed parts and once again we found the best company we could.
Some surveys are still incomplete.
Well, as the headline says... We still miss some information from our backers. Be sure to check your email address inbox, spam, and promotion folder for our email. It should have a subject like "Response Needed -- Get your reward for Kinetic Driver". Since we also miss some surveys from the Founders, we are waiting for them to complete the box design! :)
If you can't find your survey - just message us at email@example.com with your full name and backer/pledge number: we'll send your link to your survey there.
This can particularly happen if you used your Facebook or Apple credential to login into Kickstarter: they create a unique email address for the login purpose and it doesn't forward emails to your inbox!
Do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need any kind of help, have feedback, and/or suggestions - we'll do our best to help you there! Remember, that is the fastest way to get in touch with us since we don't monitor any other socials/direct messages.
Surveys are out!
6 months ago
– Thu, Nov 12, 2020 at 01:04:37 AM
We have started sending out the surveys!
Some of you have already received it during the weekend, the others will receive it by the next couple of days. :)
It’s important to respond to your survey as quicklyas you can since we need this information both to continue the production and to fulfill your rewards.
When you receive the email with the survey, click the survey link to respond. Answer the questions about your reward preferences (the bearing ring(s) color, or what name you want to be written on the box if you backed a Founder's Edition Kinetic Driver), provide shipping information, and purchase add-on items if you like.
After you respond to your survey, you can go back later and change your responses at any time before we close the surveys and get our final counts: you'll be able to update your shipping information if you need to. When we will close the surveys, you will receive a "final notice" email and you will still have 48 hours to change your survey's answers. After that, the surveys will be locked and the only way to change them will be by contacting us at email@example.com.
If you need to review your information or pledge status, you can return to your survey by clicking the link in your survey email or requesting your survey link under "Lost your survey?" on our BackerKit project page at https://kinetic-driver.backerkit.com.
If you used your Facebook or Apple credentials to log in to your Kickstarter account, the BackerKit survey is sent to the email address you use for your Facebook/Apple account. If you have another email address that you prefer to use, please contact support at https://kinetic-driver.backerkit.com/faq#backer-accounts-faq.
WHEN WILL I RECEIVE THE SURVEY?
Since we are sending out thousands of emails, it may require a couple of days for the process to be completed, so no worries if you don't receive it until Wednesday the 11th.
Based on our previous experiences, sometimes the survey's emails can end up in your spam or promotion folder. Be sure to check there too if you won't have received your survey by Thursday the 12th.
If you have any questions or need support, please remember that the only way to get in touch with us is by writing at firstname.lastname@example.org. We don't monitor any other platform, social or direct messages.