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The Grasshopper (originally the Zenpen)

Discussion in 'Thread Candidates' started by Zenpen, Jun 17, 2013.

  1. ShayWhiteGrow

    ShayWhiteGrow vAPEhOPPER

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    just like the Firefly:)
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  2. pakalolo

    pakalolo RoboMod v3.17 (ticking) Staff Member

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    To be clear, when you participate in crowd-funding you are not an investor, you are a backer. There's a big difference. An investor receives equity or a royalty agreement. Indiegogo backers receive a consideration (usually merchandise) but no guarantees. Investments are regulated, backing a crowd-sourcing campaign is (regrettably) not. Your opportunities for recourse are severely limited should the Grasshopper fail. This would not be true for an investment.
  3. zymos

    zymos Well-Known Member

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    Why did no one warn me about that 7 months ago ????

    But seriously, I think many backers do think of this like an investment, using a more informal meaning- not that we have an actual stake in the company or are protected by the FTC, just that by helping the company get started we are getting a better deal (or so we assume) on the product.
  4. HillaryClinton

    HillaryClinton Future ruler of earth

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    Agreed and °k all I meant was even big companies tend to release first gens that to me feel like beta's, just a personal view on it, no hard feelings. I worked in quality control and parts inspection before myself, btw never buy a BMW(Literally garbage parts...).

    Hehe....
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  5. TransHumanC

    TransHumanC Member

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    Yes, backing kikckstarters is like contributing to the hope the dream will come true. Like those german cars; you migh dream they are quality but you better hope they will still be working by the time you finalize paying the loan. had a VW once in my lifetime :tinfoil:
  6. caliwisp

    caliwisp Cali Dreamin'

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    I don't fault them for a lot of spring-fussing. The Pax only
    has one and it has turned into a major "sticking point" in whether folks choose it or like it or can make it work right. A lot of folks have been turned off by the amount of care and feeding of that one little spring!
  7. CG420

    CG420 Vaporist

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  8. Rrose Selavy

    Rrose Selavy log enthusiast

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    :lol: i was reading that article not five minutes before clicking the link. you know what they say, great minds
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  9. Grimkrum

    Grimkrum Well-Known Member

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    Update day.
  10. zymos

    zymos Well-Known Member

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    Whining about it being update day but GH not yet sent out update day, as I call it....
  11. RUDE BOY

    RUDE BOY Space is the Place

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    Ain't even lunchtime where they are, so no whining yet i would hope.
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  12. EveryDayAmnesiac

    EveryDayAmnesiac Heaven can't wait.

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    I am DEFINITELY staying out of it, this time. :D

    And this time, I (really) mean it! :rofl:
  13. HillaryClinton

    HillaryClinton Future ruler of earth

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    New update:

    Hey Everyone,

    It’s update day for the Grasshopper project! Things continue to move forward at a steady pace as we juggle work on lots of different parts. We’ve been focused on dialing-in our laser welding process, making software adjustments and working with manufacturers. We expect to remain on schedule as we move forward.

    Our custom laser-welding machine pictured below is used to make a few critical welds within the Grasshopper. Using a high-power emitter and a number of lenses to focus the beam, we can make tiny 0.5mm wide welds. Due to the extremely small-scale of everything in the Grasshopper, it’s very important to have this capability. The laser is controlled using a custom PCB that keeps everything moving smoothly. All of this custom equipment is designed in-house to meet our budget and keep things optimized.

    Tuning the software has been an ongoing operation, mostly centered around creating bullet-proof reliability in every situation. Making tweaks and then trying to “break” the program is a large part of this. Things are going well and we’re nearing the final version.

    The CNC machining manufacturer for the Grasshopper has been working hard to meet the demanding tolerances of the parts. We’ve just received the machined parts of the charger, as well as the powerful magnets used to connect the charger to the Grasshopper. To ensure a good connection, we used N52 which is the highest grade of neodymium magnet. We’re now only are waiting for the arrival of the usb cable and strain relief to have the charger fully complete. See some pictures below.



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    The laser welding lens holder and emitter exposed. This is operated in an enclosure.

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    Bags of charger parts.

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    Charger magnets lined up.



    That’s it for now. Hope everyone is doing well! Check back for another update on August 1st.



    The Grasshopper Team
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  14. Grimkrum

    Grimkrum Well-Known Member

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    Wwwwwwwwwwooooooootttttttttttttt
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  15. PDwasmy1st

    PDwasmy1st Active Member

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    Can you still back this does anyone no?
    If not when will the release date proper be? & how much will it be then?
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  16. zymos

    zymos Well-Known Member

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    If you weren't a backer during the funding period, then no. People who are already backers can stil add to their orders.
    No one knows when the release date will be or the price.
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  17. J.D.420

    J.D.420 420th Dragoons

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    I'd like to see some real life pics of the colored titanium bodies. All we've seen so far are cg renders.
  18. Fenton Mewley

    Fenton Mewley A man in search of cloudier pastures

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    Doesn't sound like they are even close to ordering the bodies.

    Here are Ti samples (from page 29):

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  19. HillaryClinton

    HillaryClinton Future ruler of earth

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    Really like the 255V color, pretty sweet.
  20. darkrom

    darkrom Great Scott!

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    Thats 25.5v and yes it is sweet looking.
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  21. grokit

    grokit power cosmic

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    Then green is the winner :tup:
  22. HillaryClinton

    HillaryClinton Future ruler of earth

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    My second fav, third would be the purple one....18v. :D

    I am getting the regular one though, could not pass that up for 89 bucks honestly compared to the colored ones prices... :razz:
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  23. EllenDegeneres

    EllenDegeneres Hillary's Secret Lover

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    With all these colors wouldn't people be more inclined to use your pen? People would recklessly be getting their papers blazed in an attempt to write on them and then all of our papers would become couch potatoes. I personally hate writing on potatoes, I don't know about you guys.
  24. Stu

    Stu Maconheiro Staff Member

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    Pass that shit to the left, Ellen. I need me a hit of that.
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    :peace:
  25. HillaryClinton

    HillaryClinton Future ruler of earth

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    You're a Potato!
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