Beyond some Technic models proposed on CUUSOO, there are also other AFOL's projects you may support at diverse platforms.
Now we have a kind of Technic Baseplate (MinuteBot Base) being proposed by Lasse Mogensen and Soren Jensen, from Denmark. This could become useful as proposed for instance to the construction of robotics based on LEGO MINDSTORMS. It extends a LEGO beam into a rectangular plate with 21 x 30 holes.
This is an idea currently running on Kickstarter to raise funding. Kickstarter is a service that utilizes crowdsourcing to raise funds for your creative projects.
Here’s how Kickstarter funding works (great explanation by Laurens, via Robot Square)
Kickstarter is a way for entrepreneurs to raise initial funding for their business. For this particular project, the designers need to have a specialized plastic mould specially manufactured for them — which is very expensive. On the other hand, once up and running, the production cost per plate is relatively low. This means that if they know upfront that enough baseplates will be sold, the price per product can be kept low. So, if enough people pre-order the product, production can start.
You pre-order the baseplate by making a pledge to the project. This means you support the business, allowing them to purchase the expensive mold and start making baseplates. In return for your support, you get one of the produced baseplates. Note that you only pay once production really starts, so there is no risk for you as the buyer. If funding doesn’t succeed, the project fails, but no money changes hands.
In short — To get one of those base plates, pledge (pre-order) to the project here, and you only pay if production starts (and you get the product).
Below you can see the Kickstarter video where Lasse explains the whole idea behind this project.
The physical dimensions (L x W x H) of a MinuteBot Base are: 240 x 168 x 8 mm. and the weight is estimated to be around 135g. The material is ABS (maybe with some glass fiber added to increase stiffness).
The project requires $11.000 pledges to get a Go and there are now still 31 one days left, for this to have a chance. Actually it is already 33% funded, but there are still another 67% waiting for you!
Pledge if you would like to have one or more MinuteBot Bases.