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EEW Newsletter – February 2023

Electric Eel Wheel Newsletter by Dreaming Robots

We are spinning the world one thread at a time.

EEW Photo Contest

Are you ready to showcase your creativity and put your EEW tools in the spotlight? I want to see your best photos and share them with the world. Plus you have a chance to win free EEW gear!

Photos of any of my eSpinners or the EEW Yarn Counter are welcome.  Show off how you use them, and what you’ve made with them. Be creative, and submit your most beautiful/interesting photos. If you can’t decide which of several photos to submit, that’s okay, submit them all!

There are two types of prize pools: random and contest.  Any photo you enter will be automatically entered into both prize pools.  I wanted everyone to have a chance to win a prize, but I also wanted to motivate people to take the time to submit their best photos.  First three people will be randomly selected to get an EEW Yarn Counter.  Second there is a contest portion where some of our favorite photos will be selected and then the community will vote on those for their three favorites.  For the contest portion the grand prize is an EEW 6, and the other two will get an EEW Nano 2.  All the prizes can be converted to an equivalent value of gift certificate for my Dreaming Robots store if you prefer.

To enter, please complete this short form (google account required).

If you are unable to submit your entry via the form, you may email your photograph to EEWvampy@gmail.com. Please include 1) your name (for credit) 2) your Instagram handle if you have one 3) Any description or other information you would like to share about the photograph 4) The sentence “I give Dreaming Robots permission to use the photograph I have submitted for advertising purposes, including posting on social media.”

The deadline for submission of photos is February 12th.  A poll for you to vote on the contest winners will run February 20-23.  Links on where to vote will be posted on February 20th to our Facebook groupRavelry group, and Discord server.  The winners will be announced in next month’s newsletter.

A huge thanks to Vampy for helping run this contest.

Product Poll Results

I want to thank everyone for the huge response to the Future Product polls last month.  Below are the results.

  1. Circular Sock Knitting Machine (CSM) (60%)
  2. Electric Drum Carder (47%)
  3. Electric Ball Winder (40%)
  4. Electric Skein Winder (31%)
  5. Portable Treadle Spinning Wheel (18.2%)
  6. Jumbo eSpinner (14%)
  7. Programmable Braiding Machine (10%)

I would like to do all of these, but I just don’t have time to do everything so I need to prioritize the projects.  What I think I’ll do is start working on the CSM and the Electric Drum Carder (priority is lower than the EEW Pro and Cone Winder so these will be a long ways off).  I’m not sure which I’ll do first, but I’ll investigate both of these in my free time and try to figure out which one to do first based on a bunch of factors.

Lazy Kate Update

I’m working on a new version of my Lazy Kate.  Here is a video that discusses the improvements over my previous Lazy Kate.

EEW Nano 2 Foot Pedal

I made a video about how to add a foot pedal to your EEW Nano 2.  Check it out here if you missed it.

Product Updates

Below are estimates and the dates may change.

  • EEW Cone Winder – December 2023

I don’t accept pre-orders in my store, but when I get a batch of products there should be enough for everyone.


– Maurice Ribble
(Inventor of the Electric Eel Wheel)

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EEW Newsletter – January 2023

Electric Eel Wheel Newsletter by Dreaming Robots


It’s a new year and here is an update on where I’m at with my current projects. 

This first project isn’t a new product, but is inventory management.  I want to get more people into fiber arts by making affordable fiber tools.  To do this my tools need to be in stock and last year many were out of stock for large parts of the year.  I’m happy to say all my current products are now in stock (EEW 6.0, EEW Nano 2, EEW Yarn Counter).  Going forward I’m going to try and keep things in stock.

The EEW Cone Winder is going to be my next new product and I’m working hard to get it ready for manufacturing.  Right now, I’m targeting shipping in December 2023, but if things go decently during manufacturing it will hopefully beat that date.  That said, manufacturing and shipping delays are much more common these days than they were a few years ago so I’m going to leave the target date as December for now until I get farther along in the process.  This is my top priority work, but so much of it depends on my manufacturing partners that I don’t spend a lot of my time working on this.

I’ve also mentioned the EEW Pro in this email newsletter in the past.  It’s meant to be a more expensive and higher end eSpinner with lots of new features, some never seen in an eSpinner before.  I still don’t have a working first prototype of this, but significant progress has been made on both electronics and mechanical parts.  There is just so much new stuff that I’ll need to spend lots of time figuring out what to include and what should be dropped to make it the best eSpinner possible.  I still think this is probably two years away and is a massive project.  It’s still even possible that if some of the most important features don’t work really well that I could just drop this whole project, but right now most likely it will get released eventually.  I’m also thinking some of the new technologies I’m researching might migrate down into updates for my other eSpinners.

A new project I just started working on is an updated version of my Lazy Kate.  If you have experience with Lazy Kates and want to help go fill out my Lazy Kate poll with some questions about the improvements I should make.  This is the same poll I put on Ravelry and Facebook last week so if you already filled it out there is no need to do it again.

Future Product Poll

I have a long product pipeline and to keep myself busy so even though I’m busy right now I want to figure out what I should be looking at next.  One way I often come up with really creative solutions is by letting ideas sit in the back of my head and put a few hard hours of thinking about them each week.  It lets me take a fresh perspective at the problem each week.  I have a very long list of possible projects, and I’ve narrowed those down to a smaller list that you can vote on here.  I will use the interest expressed in this poll to help me determine what project I should work on next so please vote here on what projects you’d like me to do next.

Custom Bobbin Generator

There are already 3D printable bobbins for all my eSpinners online, but I often get requests for files for other types of spinning wheels that have expensive bobbins.  To help these people I created a file that can generate bobbins to fit different spinning wheels.  You just need to measure your bobbins and enter in those parameters.  You can access the 3D printable files here, or I made a video that gives more of an overview.  While I don’t get a direct benefit from these projects, I like to do things that I think benefit a lot of people.  Basically I’m giving up a small amount of my time to give others a big benefit so it’s a net win to humanity (this is how my engineering brain calculates a lot of things).  If you or your friends were looking for 3D printable bobbins for some other spinning wheel now you have these.

Product Updates

Below are estimates and the dates may change.

  • EEW Cone Winder – December 2023

I don’t accept pre-orders in my store, but when I get a batch of products there should be enough for everyone.


– Maurice Ribble
(Inventor of the Electric Eel Wheel)

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Electric Eel Wheel Newsletter – December 2022

Electric Eel Wheel Newsletter by Dreaming Robots


It’s a busy time for me.  I’ve been a vendor at a few fiber festivals (more on this later).  The EEW Nano 2s have just arrived and when a new product arrives I spend long days at my warehouse shipping orders.  With over 3000 EEW Nano 2s to ship that is a lot of time spent on shipping.  I’ve also been finalizing parts for the EEW Cone Winder so I can start the manufacturing process, and I’ve been working on some new products that I’ll talk about in some future newsletters.

EEW Nano 2 is in Stock!

I am finishing shipping the EEW Nano 2 Kickstarter preorders so I’ve just opened up my store for new orders of the EEW Nano 2. If you’ve been waiting for the EEW Nano 2 then now is the time to place an order.  I expect a lot of orders, but I should be able to ship any order within a few days of receiving it.

Storage Bobbins

I created some free 3D printable files for storage bobbins. I tried to make them better than any other storage bobbin out there. They are available in 2, 4, 8, and 16 oz sizes by default, but I also included the Fusion 360 files so people can make other sizes if none of those work for you. Check out this video for more details.

If you don’t have a 3D printer, I don’t sell these parts, but others do. I explain options for having others print these for you here.  I like to give away parts like this from time to time just to help out the community so I hope some of you fine this useful.

Fiber Festival of New England

I was a vendor at the Fiber Festival of New England last month.  It was a huge amount of fun.  I get to talk with people from the EEW community, give demos of my products to all sorts of people, and talk with other vendors some of whom might want to sell EEW products.

One of the highlights for me is giving demos of my eSpinners.  An especially memorable moment was an older grandma who was walking by my booth and I asked if she wanted to try an eSpinner.  She said that she’d try it but wasn’t really interested because she preferred her treadle wheels.  About 20 seconds later she decided she loved it and wanted to buy one.  I didn’t have any stock, but she is now on this newsletter and is waiting for the EEW 6 to get in stock.

Product Updates

Below are estimates and the dates may change.

  • EEW Nano 2 – Now in stock!
  • EEW 6.0 – Shipping in late December 2022
  • EEW Cone Winder – December 2023

I don’t accept pre-orders in my store, but when I get a batch of products there should be enough for everyone.


– Maurice Ribble
(Inventor of the Electric Eel Wheel)

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Electric Eel Wheel Newsletter – November 2022

Electric Eel Wheel Newsletter by Dreaming Robots

The EEW Cone Winder Kickstarter has been doing amazing!  Over 1,300 people have supported this already with a total of $336K pledged so far.  If you haven’t already seen the intro video, go check it out now.  After the Kickstarter ends on November 7th you’ll need to wait until it’s in my store at the higher price.  I use the money from Kickstarter to fund manufacturing of the first big batch of Cone Winders, which is how I am able to make the price only $189 for this Kickstarter.

This is the last update about the EEW Cone Winder while it’s on Kickstarter so don’t delay and go check it out now.

Fiber Festivals

This past month I was at the NY Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck.  I met thousands of fiber lovers there and gave demos to everyone interested which kept us busy the whole time.  It was a ton of fun and a huge shout out to everyone I saw out there who are reading this newsletter.

I am attending the Fiber Festival of New England in Springfield MA November 5-6.

Hadrian’s Wall

About 1900 years ago the Romans started building Hadrian’s Wall across the northern section of England.  I hiked a 90 mile trail along this wall for seven days this summer.  Some of my favorite vacations are these challenging trips where I have something to accomplish everyday.  On this trip I had to walk anywhere from 8 to 20 miles each day to make it to my next inn.  It was a flatter trail than others I’ve hiked, but that’s still a lot of miles for my feet and I was certainly sore by the end of hiking each day.  Each night we stayed at small local inns.  I got to enjoy local foods, and while I don’t drink alcohol, the three friends I went with enjoyed sampling local beer and ciders frequently.

I only get to do these kinds of vacations every few years, but I really enjoy them.  I try to disconnect as much as I can from all screens and just let the days pass me by with the physical challenges helping clear my mind.  It provides me with a mental reset.  I really appreciate that my wife and daughter let me get away for a week and a half to do this.  I’m still waiting to see if my daughter gets to the point where she wants to do a week long high someday with us.  We do some day hikes and small overnight camping as a family, but at her young age she is certainly not ready to hike long enough that it starts to hurt.  I don’t want to push her into something like this because I know this sort of thing isn’t for everyone, but my wife will be joining me when we can both do this together again.

One of the best quotes of the trip happened when I was talking to a local woman who took a day trip to the wall with her daughter.  The daughter asked her mom why the wall was built and with her British accent she told her daughter, “The Romans built this wall a long time ago to separate the people in the south from the others that they just couldn’t be bothered with.”

Product Updates

There have been some delays with shipping on the EEW 6.0 and EEW Nano 2.  I’m sorry about that, but they are both on my way to my warehouse and I’ll make them available to you as soon as they arrive.

Below are estimates and the dates may change.

  • EEW Nano 2 – Shipping late November 2022
  • EEW 6.0 – Shipping in late December 2022
  • EEW Cone Winder – Kickstarter now (ends Nov. 7th)

I don’t accept pre-orders in my store, but when I get a batch of products there should be enough for everyone.


– Maurice Ribble
(Inventor of the Electric Eel Wheel)

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Electric Eel Wheel Newsletter – Cone Winder Special

Electric Eel Wheel Newsletter by Dreaming Robots

This is a special edition of my monthly newsletter about the new EEW Cone Winder, which lets you automatically wind yarn evenly on cones.

I just launched the EEW Cone Winder Kickstarter today.  Backing this Kickstarter will make sure you are among the first to get it at a discounted price of only $189.  Go to that page and watch the three minute video which explains the benefits of using cones and how it works.  Even if you don’t want a Cone Winder, I suggest watching my video because it has some funny parts for all fiber lovers.  For those not familiar with Kickstarter, it is a platform where I allow people to pre-orders of my new product at a discounted price for a limited time.  You get a special discount and it helps me build the right number based on demand.  It’s a win-win proposition.

There is a lot more detailed info on the kickstarter page about some non-obvious benefits of using cones.  I will also use Kickstarter to tell the story of this new Cone Winder through a series of updates in the coming weeks and months.  If you have any questions about the EEW Cone Winder feel free to ask me.

Lastly, if you know of any communities that might be interested please spread the word.  This will appeal to a wider range of fiber lovers than my typical eSpinners so I really need help in spreading the word to others on this one.  A successful project here will help me do more tools for fiber lovers in the future.  Thanks!

Upcoming Fiber Festivals

I will be attending the following fiber festivals.  I will have demos of the EEW 6.0, EEW Nano 2, EEW Cone Winder, and EEW Yarn Counter.  Unfortunately due to bad timing I won’t have any stock of the EEW 6.0 and EEW Nano 2 for Rhinebeck, but I will have EEW Yarn Counters.  If you are attending either of these please stop by and say hello.

New Workshop

I posted about my new workshop in the newsletter last year.  Well now it’s finally done and I’m excited to start moving in.  I plan to get the critical items moved in right away so I can start working in it.  However, a full move in will take a while because I’m working on a lot of different things for you folks and just don’t have time to focus on getting everything set up the way I’d like at the moment.  I have a couple fiber festivals that I’m attending.  I’m working on finalizing the logistics of shipping the EEW Nano 2 Kickstarter.  I have a shipment of EEW 6.0s arriving and need to be ready to ship when they get here.  I’m also launching the EEW Cone Winder Kickstarter right now.  Lastly, I am trying to keep the EEW Pro eSpinner project moving forward.  It’s a busy time for me.

Anyways, here is a video that gives a tour of my amazing new workshop which will help me work on more EEW projects efficiently.

Product Updates

Below are estimates and the dates may change.

  • EEW Nano 2 – Shipping end of October 2022
  • EEW 6.0 – Shipping in late November 2022
  • EEW Cone Winder – Kickstarter now

I don’t accept pre-orders in my store, but when I get a batch of products there should be enough for everyone.  Kickstarters are the only way I do preorder and I use these to figure how large of a batch to make for new products and to help fund manufacturing that initial batch.  My Kickstarter projects give a discount, but they are for a limited time and generally last around one month.


– Maurice Ribble
(Inventor of the Electric Eel Wheel)

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Electric Eel Wheel Newsletter – September 2022

Electric Eel Wheel Newsletter by Dreaming Robots


My current plan for the EEW Cone Winder is to launch the Kickstarter on October 3rd, right when I send out the October version of this newsletter.  So keep an eye out for that next month.  There will be a great video explaining the product, plus the kickstarter page and several other videos going into more detail about it.

Also I hope people like the new banner image in the newsletter this month.  A designer friend made it for me and I think it’s a great update from the previous one that I made years ago.

New Product Risk Discussion

In this section I’m going to discuss some of the risks I take with new products, and my thought process in this area.  This is some of what goes into running a small business like mine.

The way I make a new product is I spend a huge amount of my time (often over a year) researching ideas, prototyping, and then updating the design so it can be manufactured at an affordable cost.  Beyond all my time, I also have large expenses before I ever can sell the first time.  The biggest pre-production expense is the tooling for the injection molding of my products which lets me keep the cost low when making big batches of them.  This tooling usually means spending tens of thousands of dollars making the molds.  Then there are other tooling costs I need to pay to get other custom parts made (circuit boards, motors, metal parts, …).  All these upfront costs let me get lower prices as long as I’m making enough of my product in a batch.  I really value getting my products in more people’s hands so this workflow is good for me.  However, keeping the prices affordable also means the profit per item I sell is lower and the only way it makes sense is to sell a lot of them.  Usually my initial viability spreadsheets where I calculate rough costs for everything assume that I’m selling several thousand of the product via kickstarter, my store, and through my retailers.

The risk for new products should be pretty clear.  Basically I’m spending all the time and money to bring products to market and if they don’t sell well then I can lose that upfront money and time.  The less I know about a product the more risk there is.  I have been doing eSpinners the longest and understand those markets the best.  So doing a new version of an eSpinner is a lot lower risk than doing some new type of product.  That said expanding my product range helps me grow my business and I absolutely love solving the engineering challenges I find when designing new products.

The first major non-eSpinner item I did was the EEW Yarn Counter.  This was an item a lot of people really wanted because there wasn’t a good affordable solution in the market.  I also knew that this was less expensive to develop than some other new products I wanted to do.  So it made a good product to test how well I could reach out to people in the craft fiber market, but was not part of my core eSpinner group.  I’m quite pleased with how well the EEW Yarn Counter has sold so that gave me confidence to go forward with the Cone Winder, which has been a lot more expensive to develop.  I’ve yet to see if the Cone Winder sales will justify my upfront time and cost, but I’ve been building up to this for years so I’ve done my best to make it succeed.  I also know cone winders users are underserved by the existing options.  In theory I could have run the Cone Winder kickstarter earlier to reduce my risk of finding the audience size sooner, but then I wouldn’t know my final cost to make it.  Also I’d feel pressure to ship it on time which would probably result in a worse product.  That’s why I like to be very far along in development before I allow pre-sales via Kickstarter, and this is the path I’m following with the Cone Winder even though it means I don’t really know how many will sell until I’m nearly done getting it ready for manufacturing.

If the Cone Winder does well for my business there are a lot of other fiber related products I can see trying out.  There are tools like a drum carder, an electric skein winder, or a CSM that would be pretty high risk due to me not knowing the number of people looking for those.  There are also stranger things on my list like a Kumihimo braiding machine or a wireless foot switch for my eSpinners. I actually have over 20 ideas that I could potentially do, which is way more than I’ll probably ever get to.  The good thing is I have a large number of fiber users subscribed to this email and before I decide on any future projects I’ll send out a poll where you can vote for the product you’re most interested in.  The interest of my existing users in that poll is one of the biggest factor in what product I do next; but I also factor in other things like my judgement of how much better a solution I can do compared to existing solutions, how much time it will take to develop, and how much money I expect the project will cost to get to manufacturing.

This may all sound complex or unfun to some, but I’ve slowly grown this business for 13 years so that makes this much more manageable since the complexity slowly grew over time.  I love having to consider these kinds of risks that have no clear “correct” answer, and this is part of what makes it all interesting to me.

EEW Naming Poll Results

Thanks everyone for voting on the EEW naming last month.  Based on the feedback I’ve decided to make no changes to the naming.  It is really helpful though to have the community confirm that my current naming works well for most of you. Over 67% of the responses said you prefer Electric Eel Wheel (EEW) over the other options.  As for adding a clarifying name to the EEW 6+ about 50% said I should just keep it the way it is.  Below are the results of those votes.  I also got a lot of written comments in the poll and I’ve read through all of those and found all that feedback super helpful.  Thanks for taking the time to vote!

Product Updates

Below are just estimates and the dates may change.

  • EEW Nano 2 – Shipping end of October
  • EEW 6.0 – Shipping in November
  • EEW Cone Winder – Current plan is to launch the Kickstarter on October 3rd, right when I send out the October version of this newsletter

I don’t accept pre-orders in my store, but when I get a batch of products there should be enough for everyone.  Kickstarters are the only way I do preorder and I use these to figure how large of a batch to make for new products and to help fund manufacturing that initial batch.  My Kickstarter projects give a discount, but they are for a limited time and generally last around one month.


– Maurice Ribble
(Inventor of the Electric Eel Wheel)

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Electric Eel Wheel Newsletter – August 2022

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I should have mentioned this last month so more people could participate, but the turn out for the Tour de Fleece this July was still awesome!  For those not familiar, during the Tour de France bike race each year there is also a Tour de Fleece where spinners (the fiber type) set personal goals and usually try to do some spinning each day.  Turnout on the EEW Ravelry group and EEW Facebook group was amazing.  I’ll try to remind people here to participate next year, but you can also remember when the Tour de France happens it’s time to do some extra spinning.

Poll about EEW Naming

I’ve been thinking about the “Electric Eel Wheel” (EEW) name I use with my fiber tools.  I explain my thoughts and am asking for you to vote in this poll.  I will let you know the results next month.

Photos Wanted

I’m looking for your photos of any EEW products. Please reply here with photos that I can use.  One of the things I like to do with them is posting them to my Instagram account.  If you have any photos you can share with me or want to go take some now (the newsletter will wait for you) then send them over.  A massive thanks to all of you who are willing to share your photos with me so I can share them with others to grow the EEW community.

EEW Cone Winder Update

Here is a new video showing off the first molded parts for the Cone Winder. I’m super happy with all the improvements.

EEW 6.0 Out of Stock

Orders for the EEW 6.0 have exceeded my expectations.  I put an order in for more EEW 6.0s just after receiving my last batch early this year, but there are still a lot of delays in manufacturing so instead of my normal 6 month lead time it is looking more like 9 months.  I’m ordering twice as many EEW 6.0s this time, and they should be arriving around November.  I’m very hopeful I’ll have them ready for the prime festival season and the holiday season this year.  The EEW Nano 2s will be in stock about a month or so before these.  I’ve updated the product page saying I expect them to be in stock in November and will update that page if this changes.

Product Updates

Below are just estimates and the dates may change.

  • EEW Nano 2 – Shipping in October
  • EEW 6.0 – Shipping in November
  • EEW Cone Winder – Kickstarter in September or October

Keep on spinning!


– Maurice Ribble
(Inventor of the Electric Eel Wheel)

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Electric Eel Wheel Newsletter – July 2022

Electric Eel Wheel Newsletter by Dreaming Robots LLC

I added the backers of the EEW Nano 2 Kickstarter to this newsletter.  If anyone isn’t interested in getting this monthly newsletter just click the unsubscribe link at the bottom of this email and you’ll be removed from this email newsletter forever.

The EEW Nano 2 Kickstarter has finished and was a massive success!  There were 3402 backers who pledged over $385K.  I love seeing new people get into the craft of spinning and the EEW Nano spinning wheels have enabled many new spinners!

Cone Winder

I’ve started making the plastic molds for the Cone Winder!  Many people here are familiar with this project since I’ve done several updates about it in the past, but if you aren’t here’s a Cone Winder prototype video I made a few months ago.  I’ve pretty much finalized the design after a lot of adjustments based on feedback from my beta testers.  It takes some back and forth to get the molded parts fitting perfectly so getting the molds finished will take some time, but I’m on track to offer a Kickstarter for this project sometime later this year.

When designing the molds one thing I had to do was decide how to balance the upfront cone mold cost versus the end cost to make each cone.  A big factor in the cost of each cone is machine time to make them.  If I make a mode that makes one cone at a time the mold will be smaller and cheaper to make upfront, but then I can only make one cone every 30 seconds.  However, if I pay to have a mold that is twice as big made then I can get 2 cones every 30 seconds.  This makes a big difference.  For example if I’m making 2,000 cone winders and each has 10 cones that means I need 20,000 cones.  These mold machines run 24×7 so this change would basically reduce my machine time in the molding factory from 7 days to 3.5 days which saves a lot of money on machine time.  It’s pretty simple math to figure out the best option if I know exactly how many cones I need to make, but I really don’t know that since I want to make the molds before the Kickstater.  Even if I waited for the Kickstarter that’s just the demand for the first batch and if people are happy then it will continue to sell well after the Kickstarter when you tell your friends about it.  So instead of simple math I end up with too many unknown variables and no known optimal solution.  In the end I decided to go in the middle of the options I considered, and do two cones at a time even though I’m guessing 3-4 cones would have probably been better in the long term.  This is less risky since it keeps that upfront mold cost in the middle, but I still should be able to sell very high quality plastic cones at a very affordable price.

New Affiliate Program

I created a new affiliate program based on feedback the community provided a few months ago.  This program is designed so you can share links or business cards you make and earn 5% of sales (for example 5% of an EEW 6.0 is $14.45).  It’s my hope this will help people who run blogs, generate videos, or run in person events to get rewarded for talking about their EEW.  I know there are pros and cons to this kind of system, and I put a lot of checks into the system to help reduce abuse.  Also if anyone ever sees abuse of this program please let me know, but I’m pretty sure most people who use this system will use it the way it’s intended.  If you would like to earn 5% from people who purchase the items on my store when using your link then you should try out my new affiliate program.  If you’re interested this page has more information about this program.

Free 3D Printable Parts

I offer free access to various 3D files like bobbins for my different eSpinners and a bunch of other accessories.  In the past I’ve used Thingiverse to manage these files and still like them.  However, I’ve started using a new system called Printables because their interface seems better.  If you have access to a 3D printer go check out all my 3D files on Printable here and leave me a review there.  If you don’t have a 3D printer, I don’t sell these parts myself, but I let other businesses sell these files and have a list of various options here.

Product Updates

Below are just estimates and the dates may change.

  • EEW Nano 2 – Shipping in October
  • EEW Cone Winder – Kickstarter in 4th Quarter

Love your fiber and it will love you.


– Maurice Ribble
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Electric Eel Wheel Newsletter – June 2022

Electric Eel Wheel Newsletter by Dreaming Robots LLC

June 01, 2022


This month I’ve been focused on wrapping up the manufacturing plan for the EEW Nano 2 and getting the word out about my Kickstarter campaign for this new product.

The EEW Nano 2 is an ultra-portable and affordable electric spinning wheel, and it spins great yarn! It’s the perfect way to try out an eSpinner for the first time, or get another one to use for travel. It can spin cotton, silk, and all sorts of wool into gauges from fine to bulky with ease.  You can pre-order it now at a discounted price of $95.

I’m sure most of you folks here know that already! 🙂  I want to point out that the EEW Nano 2 Kickstarter has been going great.  The Kickstarter campaign will be ending on June 17 at 1pm EDT.

What is Kickstarter?

I have been using Kickstarter quite a bit, but I know a lot of people here don’t know what it is so I wanted to explain it.  In general Kickstarter is a way to pre-fund different projects ranging from art installations to watches.  There is a lot of variety in how different people and companies use it.  Sometimes people use it as a way to fund projects that are early in development and thus they might have a high amount of risk for delays or failure.  I tend to use Kickstarter after I am far along in the design and so far haven’t failed or delayed any of my EEW Kickstarters.

I generally wait until I have a nearly final prototype and lately I’ve even been making sure I have plastic molds instead of using 3d printed prototypes for my Kickstarter videos and photos.  The farther I am in the design and manufacturing of products the more certain I can be about delivery timeframe. 

Before the end of the year, I should be ready for my next Kickstarter which will be the Cone Winder.

Product Updates

Below are just estimates and the dates may change.

  • EEW Nano 2 – Shipping in October
  • EEW Cone Winder – Kickstarter in 4th Quarter

Love your fiber and it will love you.


– Maurice Ribble
(Inventor of the Electric Eel Wheel)

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Electric Eel Wheel Newsletter – May 2022

Electric Eel Wheel Newsletter by Dreaming Robots LLC

I’m considering setting up an affiliate program where I pay people a percentage of each sale on my store for those who drive traffic to my store.  If this sounds interesting to you please fill out this poll.

Bags

These pretty bags are a woven plastic like you typically find in reusable grocery bags, only these are bigger than the typical reusable bags so they can easily fit an EEW 6.0 box plus other accessories in them.  I initially planned on getting these bags as something I’d give with every order when I’m at festivals.  I figured it was better for the environment than one use bags and it would be good advertising to see a bunch of people walking around a festival with these bright bags.  Then my agent in China found a really good source with a highly automated factory for making these bags at a price lower than I thought I could get in my relatively low quantities.  With that lower price, I decided to get a bunch of extra bags and will figure out a way to sell them to people interested and look into ways to keep shipping affordable.

These are just samples, but I’m told the final ones will look the same.  It will be awhile before I have the bags.

EEW Nano 2

I was hoping to launch a Kickstarter for the EEW Nano 2 in May, but that probably isn’t going to happen.  I have all parts to make the EEW Nano 2 except the custom molded plastic parts.  I’m happy with all the different plastic parts samples I’ve gotten except the flyer.  I am working to make it as quite as possible at a price that works for the EEW Nano.  I’ve tried four different modification to the flyer so far and plan to try at least one more.  While I do love prototyping with 3D printers, this is part of the process that can’t be done with a 3D printer.  This makes each one of the experiments take a lot of time and cost me a lot of money.  But it’s worth it because to really make this a big step forward from the EEW Nano 1.x, I need the flyer to be great.

The good news is when I finally run the Kickstarter for the EEW Nano 2, it will ship a lot faster than my past Kickstarter projects since I’ll have all the parts on hand.  So I’ll just need to do assembly and then shipping.

I’m going to spend a lot of May working on the EEW Nano 2 story, videos, photos, and overall just getting the Kickstarter page looking good.  I could spend forever making a super polished video and page, but I generally setup a timeline of a few weeks and just see how good I can get the Kickstarter page and video looking in that time frame.  As in the past I’m going to try make it a good mix of presentation and information.  That said, I’m well aware my presentation value is below average for Kickstarter videos, but I’m fine with that.  I like my informative low budget style, and try to make up for presentation with good engineering, openness, and affordable prices.

Product Updates

Below are just estimates and the dates may change.

  • EEW Nano 2 – Kickstarter in June
  • EEW Cone Winder – Kickstarter in 4th Quarter

Happy spinning!


– Maurice Ribble
(Inventor of the Electric Eel Wheel)

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