Retouch3D Update!

Hi everyone,

We’re really pleased to share our progress with you and preview the Retouch3D.

Our apologies for the delayed update. Our reduced headcount has been focused on product over backer communications; we need to fix this and promise to be more regular with news as we go forward.

OK, below you’ll see our working beta product! This has been 3D industrial printed and sprayed blue; aside from the aesthetics this is where Retouch3D is headed and we’re very pleased with the tests we’ve performed (see images further down).

Here are the details of the device as annotated above:

  1. Rubberized grip with extra finger-tip grips
  2. Simplified 10 level temperature setting +/-
  3. 1-to-10 digit display to identify temperature bands
  4. Flexible cable joint
  5. Cable connector to universal power supply (4 interchangeable plugs provided)
  6. 5 tips brass tips with internal shim for grip
  7. Tip removal tool (this is a new feature decided to provide after user testing)
  8. Resting stand

We had to push back on ordering the plastics as the area housing the heating element needed to be made more robust; we were experiencing some flexing of the heating element which wasn’t good enough. So, the tooling design has been updated by our manufacturing partner and we will place the order for the plastics this month instead.

These are the tips that we have selected as our primary designs, they are brass and we will test-out other tips with our early Kickstarter beta-tester backers:

The tips work well, and this is the Retouch3D in testing (we’ll send more pictures in future updates):

This is a view of the Retouch3D kit as per our manufacturing plan. You’ll see that we’re including a tip removal tool which has been designed to lock-in to the grooves on the interchangeable tip. This is the result of our experiences when inter-changing hot tips. The resting stand is simple but it does the job nicely!  

This updated timeline has everyone receiving their Retouch3D devices in July 2017; we’ll be doing our best to avoid any further slippage:

Just in case you’re interested here’s the board and heating system: 

So that’s our big update for everyone, we’ll upload video and testing images over the coming weeks. Thank you again for your patience and support – we’re getting there!

Best wishes

Team Retouch3D

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