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Orbit1: A Tabletop Electroplater Turns Your Ideas into Gold

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Orbit1 is an efficient, easy to use electroplating device that coats almost anything in metal, at only $2/g.
Backers: 182
Average Pledge Per Backer: $686

Funded: $124,809 of $200,000
Dates: Apr 20th -> Jun 19th (60 days)
Project By: Monolith Studio Inc.
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Latest News

Last Update – Take A Bow

June 4th - via:
It’s been a bumpy road for us here at Monolith Studios, bringing Orbit1 from conception to where we are now. We are so proud and grateful for having such tremendous support from 181 backers funding $122K and press coverage by more than 60 media... (Read More)

Free upgrade to Orbit1 Wi-Fi!

June 2nd - via:
Some people are happy with a stand-alone device, while some other prefer the convenience brought by seamless IOT (Internet of Things) integration.  Awesome backers! To show you our gratitude for your support for us along the way, we're... (Read More)

Free sample testing @Techshop SF

May 22nd - via:
Good news!We will provide free sample testing at Techshop SF for the 2 following weeks. Please send us an email to to tell us the size and material of your to-be-plated object. Also, please attach a picture of the object. We will... (Read More)

Dear 10th annual Maker Faire attendees

May 19th - via:
Thank you for stopping by Monolith Studio's booth at Maker Faire 2015 this weekend! We sincerely enjoyed your company and the opportunity to show you our Orbit1 desktop electroplater- it was a pleasure to meet you personally. We are humbled by the... (Read More)

Visit us at Maker Faire Bay Area 2015 (Zone 2)

May 16th - via:
 Thank you Seeed Studio for sharing the space with us  (Read More)

Media attention at MakerCon

May 14th - via:
Hey guys! Just checking in and wanna share with you a short video featuring Orbit1 at MakerCon. Check it out: Thanks Make Magazine! Here's Orbit1 featured by... (Read More)

Material Cost

May 7th - via:
We have received a few inquires regarding the cost of consumables like the electrolyte solution and the raw metal material. In our earlier update posted on April 30, we estimate the minimum lifetime for the electrolyte is at least 1600 Ah. From our... (Read More)

Orbit1 Takes the Night Shift for You

April 30th - via:
No need to run to save your plated object in the last minute anymore. Orbit1 will take care of your plated object until you come back from a party or when you are having a good night’s sleep. When the plating process is finished, the power supply... (Read More)

Ultimate goal of Lifetime for electrolyte: 6400 Ah / 1 year

April 29th - via:
Aging of the copper plating solution usually comes from the changing ratio of the composition. With proper handling and monitoring, it is not unusual to maintain the performance in a laboratory setup for over 1 year. Given the highly demanding... (Read More)

Show Time! Songs for You, Awesome Backers!

April 27th - via:
We can’t thank you enough for helping us reach 41% of the pledge goal in just 9 days. We will keep updating the technical details about Orbit1's key features. Please stay tuned and now just kick back, relax, and enjoy the hopefully entertaining... (Read More)

Orbit1 Kits at A Glance – Part 2

April 25th - via:
3) Conductive spray paint To electroplate on a non-conductive surface, one needs to apply a conductive seed layer on the surface first. There are many ways to form a seed layer. Among them, we chose the conductive spray paint, which requires less... (Read More)

Orbit1 Kits at a Glance –Part 1

April 23rd - via:
Orbit1 is not just a decent tin bucket with an acrylic container on top, but a total solution considering all your needs when manipulating plating. Therefore we provide the Orbit1 kits to facilitate the plating process and keep your workspace clean... (Read More)

Why does the laser scanning matter? With the automatic surface area measuring, you don’t have to worry about the current setting if you don’t have a 3D model in hand.

April 21st - via:
Making a good electroplating finish is never an easy job. You need to consider the electrical field, the fluid field, the chemical variation and the cross effects. To simplify the complex setting and processing, our goal is to configure an algorithm... (Read More)

Kickstarter: Orbit 1 Tabletop Electroplating Device Goes for the Gold in 3D Printing

April 20th - via:
It’s a rare individual not drawn to the rich allure of gold. Our need and constant quest for the treasured metal has manifested itself in nearly every part of the world and is responsible for causing economies to soar, and tumble. (Read More)

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