It’s All About Optimisation

Yorkshire folk are famed for their thrift – and we’ve taken this to heart with our approach to Infinite Crypt pricing. We want to make sure that the prices areas low as they can be for a quality product.

So we’ve been reviewing Infinite Crypt designs. In particular, we’ve been looking at something which gamers shouldn’t need to care about – the exact way that the pieces are laid out on the cut files, ready to be laser cut.

Why does this matter? For two key reasons: production and postage. The more neatly the parts are laid out, the faster the laser can cut. Faster speeds mean lower production time and less wasted material.

We’ll be distributing Infinite Crypt by post – so the less packing material we need to keep the important parts secure when we post them out to you, the lower the postage cost. So optimised design means faster production, and lower materials and postage costs. Which of course, we’ll translate into lower prices!

laser_eh_cr_IMAG3286Which Laser Cutter?

As well as optimising the cut files, we’re researching which combination of laser cutters will give the lowest production times for each given level of investment. Would it be more effective to buy two entry level, home user lasers (which will cut in smaller batches) or one mid-range production laser? If our funding target is exceeded, should we buy one high-end production laser, or two mid-range units?

Our friends at Pimoroni have bought high-end production lasers. But, while a larger cutting bed reduces the labour involved in reloading the machine, it seems that more powerful laser tubes may not help with Infinite Crypt production. For Infinite Crypt’s materials, multiple cuts at low power are the way to maintain precision and minimise scorch marks. With the mid-range production laser I’ve been using to make the prototypes, I’ve set the power level at just 30%. Higher power tubes simply won’t help.

Our Kickstarter Goals

We’ll need to spend just over £4000 on the laser for this job, so, bearing in mind the costs of postage, materials, and the production space, it looks like our Kickstarter goal must be a minimum of £6000. Our first stretch goal will be at £8500, when we’ll buy a slightly larger laser to finish the job quicker, and we hope to offer everyone bonus pieces.

If we raise £12000 – which is double our feasibility threshold, we know we’ll be able to run two, identical mid-range production lasers in parallel. This is when volume production will really start to drive down production cost significantly. At that stage we’ll look to increase rewards for all our backers.

We’re also going to look at some unique rewards for bigger backers – we’d like to work with them to design some unique pieces and feature their ideas in our dungeon architecture.

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About James Wallbank

Designer, Maker, Artist, Educator. RPG player & GM since the '70s!
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