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Carvey shipping update

As you know from our last update, we've started shipping Carveys! So far, the response from people who have received their machines has been tremendous. We are so honored and humbled by all your support. This has been a long journey, and we are so glad to finally get Carvey into your hands! We couldn’t have done it without the support of our backers, and we thank you.
We’re blown away by the thoughtfulness and creativity our backers have demonstrated when working on their first few projects. One person carved out some family photos using the new image trace feature in Easel.

Photos carved using the new image trace in Easel 
Photos carved using the new image trace in Easel
Another backer bought a Carvey so he could make things with his three kids. Immediately after getting the machine set up, his daughter began making Texas-shaped keychains.

Texas-shaped key chains carved from fluorescent acrylic 
Texas-shaped key chains carved from fluorescent acrylic
In addition to these successes, we’ve also had some more issues with machines getting damaged in shipment. Despite passing our ISTA 3a packaging drop test, we’re seeing that real-world UPS Ground shipping conditions are quite a bit harder on the boxes.
After witnessing some head-scratching damage to our internal packaging during shipment, we redesigned it to include two rows of foam instead of one. We also added six more zip ties to divide the load in half (these are reusable, just press the buttons to release). In addition, we replaced the old cardboard stabilizer, swapping it out for two new pieces that keep the table secure in the center. (Sidenote: you should save all this packaging in case you ever want to move the machine, as great force can cause the gantry to fly around and damage the electronics)

New foam stabilizers inside Carvey for safe shipping 
New foam stabilizers inside Carvey for safe shipping
We also had some backers report cracks in the acrylic that makes up the door. It appears that some delivery drivers were cutting holes in the boxes to use as makeshift handles to lift the machines. So we decided to add some green straps to the exterior of the box. This makes lifting easier on the drivers and further protects your Carvey.

Carvey with new straps on the outside packaging 
Carvey with new straps on the outside packaging
Last week we ran some tests with the improved packaging, and all Carveys arrived safely. We will resume shipping today! 
The two orange straps inside the Carvey box are designed to make lifting it easier.  The process requires two people to lift it out and place it on a table.

Carvey unboxing is a 2 person lift 
Carvey unboxing is a 2 person lift
By the end of this week, we should be able to let everyone know date ranges for when they can expect their Carvey.

50 States 3D Carver Winners Announced!


The winners of the Inventables 50 States 3D Carver Contest have officially been announced!


We selected one school from each of the 50 states (still waiting on you Delaware!) to receive a free 3D Carver! The schools selected ranged from K-12, high schools, community colleges, and universities. The schools were then able to choose between Inventables two 3D carving machines, the X-Carve or Carvey, as their grand prize.



The Inventables team was overwhelmed by the amount of thought, effort and care that these schools put into the three rounds of the contest.










Check out this great article from CNNMoney.com highlighting the winning schools from Tennessee and Hawaii! Read the full article here.


Winners:
Alabama - James Clemens High School
Alaska - Dimond High School
Arizona - Zaharis Elementary School
Arkansas - Washington Middle School
California - Templeton High School
Colorado - Career Center
Connecticut - Salisbury School
Delaware - No Applicants
Florida - Imagine South Lake Charter
Georgia - Woodstock Middle School
Hawaii - Kailua Elementary
Idaho - Lewiston High School
Illinois - Pulaski International School of Chicago
Indiana - Purdue University
Iowa - Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Community School District
Kansas - Wellington High School
Kentucky - Eastern Kentucky University
Louisiana - Scotlandville Magnet High School
Maine - Kents Hill School
Maryland - North County High School
Massachusetts - Sparhawk School
Michigan - Hillel Day School of Metro Detroit
Minnesota - Princeton Public Schools
Mississippi - Madison Career and Technical Center
Missouri - Kirksville Area Technical Center
Montana - Stillwater Christian School
Nebraska - Heritage Lake Academy
Nevada - Discovery Charter School Las Vegas
New Hampshire - Central High School
New Jersey - The College of New Jersey
New Mexico - Mountain View Middle School
New York - United Nations International School
North Carolina - Rockingham Middle School
North Dakota - North Star School
Ohio - Hilliard Weaver Middle School
Oklahoma - Tri County Technology Center
Oregon - Taft High School 7-12
Pennsylvania - Preston Area School
Rhode Island - St. Michael's Country Day School
South Carolina - Sugar Creek Elementary
South Dakota - Vermillion High School
Tennessee - Harriman High School
Texas - Klein Independent School District
Utah - M Lynn Bennion Elementary School
Vermont - Lyndon Institute
Virginia - Loudoun Academy of Science
Washington - Tacoma Science and Math Institute (SAMi)
West Virginia - Wheeling Country Day School
Wisconsin - BadgerBOTS
Wyoming - Little Snake River Valley Schools