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InvenTABLE: A kid-safe power tool for cutting cardboard

Created by InvenTABLE

Unleash your creative potential - for inventors of all ages! This order page is for people who missed their chance to back our original Kickstarter campaign! *You do not need to pre-order on this page if you already backed the Kickstarter campaign. Existing backers will receive a survey link in early November that will allow them to add add-ons to their existing pledge.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Important production & shipping updates!
18 days ago – Tue, Feb 13, 2024 at 12:42:41 PM

We have a lot to share in this update! 

We’ll start with the exciting news first:

February 10th (Lunar New Year 🐉 ) represented a design freeze between us, our Industrial Design, and our Manufacturing teams! We brought back the grid, and made a few other updates that we are really excited about. See even more renders and read about these updates on our website!

We have majorly updated the designs of the "Table Accessories Set" add-ons that we have been selling post-Kickstarter thanks to meeting one of our stretch goals. Though we planned for these to be made out of cardboard, they are now made out of durable plastic! This set includes a fence, a circle-cutting guide, and an angle-cutting guide. Here's a sneak peek (but click on this link to see the rest):


✈️ Team InvenTABLE is going to China 🇨🇳

As you'll see below, there are some aspects we underestimated with manufacturing. We don’t want that to impact the project more than it has to. We’re packing up and moving the team to Shenzhen to ensure that we can communicate with suppliers, test prototypes, and collaborate easily.

Starting in late March, we will have some combination of team members in China for at least 3 months, ensuring that we are there from the ramp up of manufacturing until the final production stage. Instead of 1-2 weeks of shipping back-and-forth to test and verify a part or prototype, we’ll be able to check it out in person right away. And, it doesn’t hurt that we’ll get to sample the local cuisine 🥟🥢

We’re so excited to share what comes out of that process with you as well. Look forward to our updates on manufacturing direct from the source! This leads us to one last exciting piece of news:

🌐 We expect to be able to accept international orders in late 2024 🗺️

Working closely with our partners in China means we’ll be more agile and able to explore other changes more quickly. We can leverage that flexibility to tackle the challenges of international versions of InvenTABLE, and meeting the safety and voltage standards of different countries. While we aren’t taking pre-orders yet, we expect to be taking them in September 2024, if not full orders. We know we have a lot of international supporters, and can’t wait to see InvenTABLE in every country on the globe.

Now the not so exciting news:

📦 We expect to ship InvenTABLE from late September to October 🚢

You can read more about the expected timeline, as provided by our manufacturing team, on our website here. In the interest of transparency, we want to share what’s causing this delay:

Chinese New Year is happening now. We knew that Lunar New Year is a major holiday in China, but frankly underestimated the impact it would have on our timeline. Manufacturing essentially stops for 4 weeks in China in observance of Chinese New Year. We were a little bit ignorant to the length of this impact because this is our first manufacturing partnership with China. But, we are glad our partners in China have this time to visit with family and rest. And trust us, the work on InvenTABLE won’t stop--the team in the US will be prototyping and doing everything we can so that we can move at max speed following CNY. (more on that below 🛫 )

The industrial design process has led to many thoughtful and beneficial changes, and we need time to execute. Those of you have that have had a chance to check out the product updates page on our website may have already seen the renders and changes coming out of our industrial design process. Working with Loket Design has been incredibly valuable and has led to many enhancements to the InvenTABLE product including an integration system for accessories and a removable debris drawer for easy cleanup. These changes will certainly lead to a better experience but also have changed the manufacturing requirements a little bit and we need to add some time to adjust. Click here to see our latest blog post depicting what the final results of the Industrial Design process looks like.

Testing our first manufactured prototype has led to important safety enhancements. Many of you know that our very first prototype was made in our own makerspace, and much of the Kickstarter and testing was done with that. Our core goal leading up to CNY has been to have a finalized design prototyped by the manufacturer. As part of that, we have been running tests that we hadn’t been able to with our home lab. For example, our overseas partners let the manufacturer prototype run for longer than we ever have without shutting off, to test how hot the device gets. Here’s what we’re improving:

  • Ventilation. Our long-run tests show that the cutting head gets hot quickly when you leave it on. While we suggest turning the InvenTABLE off between cuts, we understand that excited makers will be using this tool frequently and in long crafting sessions! We said InvenTABLE would be safe to touch, and we meant it. We’re improving the ventilation, ensuring the internal fan works to cool the device down, and adding a shutoff if the device gets too hot. We’re committed to safety first and foremost so that makers young and old can use InvenTABLE without worry.
  • Cutting head design. The cutting part of the InvenTABLE doesn’t have a blade, and pinches away material, so it won’t dull as easily as conventional cutter. But, our initial tests showed that small particles get trapped in the tool, increasing friction and heat over time. We refactored our design to reduce how often this happens, meanwhile making the part easier to replace when needed.

The scale of production is different than we anticipated (in a very good way). Our goal on Kickstarter was to raise $50,000. Thanks to the support of our backers, we smashed that goal by 20x. Our timeline was confidently optimistic, but the more we get into the details with our overseas partners, the more we realize we need to adjust our timeline expectations for 6,000 orders and counting.

We know it’s a bummer to have to wait longer to get working with InvenTABLE, and we’re sorry about the delay. We’re using this time to make sure everyone gets the best version of InvenTABLE, not just the device we could make the fastest.

To read more about the specifics behind this new delivery estimate, check out our latest blog post titled “A super transparent timeline update” here!

Thank you all for the continued support! It is not lost on us that we get to do all of this because of you, the first members of the InvenTABLE community. We feel so grateful to be able to make something cool and share it with all of you, and want to do everything we can to make the wait worth it. Thank you to everyone who has been part of InvenTABLE’s success through pledges, encouragement, feedback, and other support!

Please email us if you have any questions at [email protected].

Product Development Updates & Our New Website!
about 2 months ago – Mon, Jan 15, 2024 at 11:48:45 AM

New website launch!

We are so excited to announce the launch of our new and improved website! You can now read our product updates (a few exciting ones have been published already), learn more about our journey, and contact us all from one place! Pre-orders are still open through our site, and we have a special hub for educators to learn how to pre-order for schools! 


Product Development Updates

On our "Product Updates" page, you'll learn that we now have an industrial design partner (Loket Design) and a manufacturing partner (Kaizen Dynamic). We are thrilled to be working with them and are making great progress! Our most recent blog post "Working with Loket Design" shows our progress on the look, feel, and user experience of InvenTABLE. For a sneak peek, here are a few iterations of product renders we've gone through (the blog post reveals what the near-final design is actually going to be):

Keep an eye out soon for a deep-dive on the manufacturing progress made so far, and shipping timeline updates! 

BackerKit Surveys

Thank you to everyone who has filled out the BackerKit survey! Though we are now locking orders, it is not too late to complete the survey and add your shipping details. If you haven't already, please do so ASAP so that your order doesn't end up delayed! 

We also recently learned that users who signed in with apple and chose "Hide my email" will not receive backer communication from backerkit. If you signed in with apple and haven't already gotten your survey, reach out to us at [email protected] to get help changing your email address and receive your survey link!

Last call for BackerKit order updates!
about 2 months ago – Mon, Jan 08, 2024 at 08:55:22 AM

We're still missing a few backer responses, so extended the deadline to make any final updates to your order to Sunday, January 14. After this date, we will lock your reward selections and charge cards for add-on item purchases, pledge upgrades, and pre-orders. You can still update your shipping address after this date, up until we lock addresses for shipping.

If you haven’t answered your survey yet, if you fill out your BackerKit survey or pay for extra shipping after the January 14 order due date, we’ll still receive your information but your shipment may be delayed.

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://inventable.backerkit.com/

Please remember that the email your survey will be sent to should be the same one that you used to log in to Kickstarter. If you used your Facebook credentials to log in to your account, the BackerKit survey is sent to the email address you use for your Facebook account. If you have another email address that you prefer to use, please contact support at https://inventable.backerkit.com/faq.

THANK YOU!

P.S. Keep your eyes peeled for another exciting product update post from us next week! 

Happy Holidays from InvenTABLE! 🎁
3 months ago – Sat, Dec 09, 2023 at 11:50:22 AM

Hey, everyone! It’s already December, and we’re hard at work bringing InvenTABLE to life! We know InvenTABLE makes a great gift for young ones, parents, or educators in your life. While it won’t be ready to ship this holiday season, we want those of you who are giving InvenTABLE as a gift to be able to share it with your loved ones! You can share the images from this update digitally, or download the PDF AT THIS LINK for printing.

We also want to give you an update on what we’ve been doing since the campaign ended! We have been finalizing our designs to be manufacture-ready with the help of industrial design, engineering, and manufacturing specialists. We are making sure that every little detail is considered and works exactly as it should before we move on to tooling and pilot production, and we will be sure to keep you updated along the way.

To be ready for our next steps, we need to make sure the backer surveys are complete! Currently, about 80% of backers have completed the survey, so thank you to everyone who has already completed it. Those of you who haven’t, please be sure to check your inbox for an email from BackerKit and fill out the survey so that we can finalize orders and shipping information to ensure timely delivery. The deadline to fill out the backer survey is the last day of the year, December 31st!

On that note, we’ll get back to our workshop! Thank you again to all of our backers and supporters, and happy holidays from our team here at InvenTABLE!

BackerKit surveys are coming!
3 months ago – Tue, Nov 21, 2023 at 07:43:53 AM

We've gotten some questions about shipping addresses and next steps. Soon, you’ll receive an email from us with a special link to your BackerKit survey. It’s important to respond to your survey as quickly as you can since we need this information to fulfill your rewards.

You don’t need to create a BackerKit account to fill out your survey. When you receive the email with the survey, click the survey link to respond. Answer the questions, provide shipping information, and purchase add-on items if you like. You don’t have access to this survey link yet, but it will be available soon via email!

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.

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://inventable.backerkit.com/.

If you used your Facebook credentials to log in to your account, the BackerKit survey is sent to the email address you use for your Facebook account. If you have another email address that you prefer to use, please contact support at https://inventable.backerkit.com/faq.

Thanks, everyone!

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