Z Axis Progress, Globalization, and Why Makible.com?

2022-02-10 15:50 by Michael Tsang (comments: 1)

Z Axis Progress, Globalization, and Why Makible.com?

I posted up a few short updates on MakiBox.com: 
MakiBox A6 Support is Global
MakiBox Prototype Progress and Next Iteration Parts

One question that just came up again, and came up previously is why we posted this project here and not on Kickstarter? Other than the bias that we created Makible.com for this exact type of project, there are a few specific reasons: 

  • Kickstarter is a non-starter if you don’t have a US bank account to receive funds.
  • We prefer to use platforms that are open to anyone, regardless of where you bank or are located.
  • Makible connects up the manufacturing to the funding, making it more efficient and protects supporters from failed projects.
  • There have been many cases with Kickstarter projects that don’t ship what was promised, or it ships very, very late. Since Makible is handling the manufacturing and distribution, there is no need for a product innovator to handle these aspects until they have enough consistent need to build it up themselves. We evaluate each project to ensure that it is manufacturable and have existing resources for making and shipping items lined up. This reduces the lead time considerably already.
  • If something happens and the project is unable to ship, we guarantee that supporters will get their funds back. This is not possible with Kickstarter as the funds are already with the project innovator, so the funds may simply get used up without any return.

Ultimately, we think Makible can offer a better deal in the long run to innovators. This is especially true for ones just getting started. We want to foster an incubation like environment that takes care of the mundane aspects that benefit from larger volume or that may be outside of a typical designer’s or product developer’s expertise and allows them to focus on making cool new things.

Another aspect of this is where the MakiBox comes in. By developing new manufacturing processes that allow for lower volume break even points for products, more projects will become viable.

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Comment by Stephane BUISSON | 2022-01-18

Hello Michael Tsang,

Could you introduce yourself ? What is your role within Makible ?

are you saying that Makible is still a general incubator, and not only the official producer and seller of the Makibox ? can you help customer to evaluate the risk to deal with Makible ? (cashflow to cover refund).

Do you have any control on Jon work ? (technical or financial)

Thank you in advance for your answers.