Official Matrix exotic combos

PLEASE READ ENTIRE POST: Here is the exotic chart. Shipping will be $5 domestic and $12 international.

On Monday (3/20) at noon central we will release exotic combo #1 on www.billetspin.com. It will be a 24hr sale and I will make as many as are ordered. Once the 24 hour sale is over, it is gone for good. It will take 2 weeks to ship all of them.

Once #1 is close to being done, we will start the countdown timer for #2 and post details of its release here. Once 2 is almost done being machined, we release 3 etc. This whole process will take a few months.

Any combo with 30 or less total will be sold on www.signupsale.com and we will post that well in advance of the actual release. Any combo over 30 will be released on www.billetspin.com. Sign up sale combo’s will be limited to one per person only. Combo’s with over 30 will not be limited to one per person.

I will only announce quantities on SUS tops. Most exotics will be limited quantity but some will have a timed sale like #1. I do not know which ones those will be so you will have to wait until we release the details of each combo prior to its release.

There are 5 mystery tops. Those will be combo’s of my choosing. I am doing this because I dont know how much materials will be left and I might come up with a cool idea later on. This keeps my options open!

Standards will still be launched on Indiegogo around 4/11 and those will all be unlimited through the duration of the campaign. Price will be $200 plus shipping

Let me know if you have any questions and thanks for being awesome.

**QUANTITIES ARE ESTIMATES and dependent on many factors and are
ALL SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
These quantities are NOT set in stone and can change and change drastically.!!!!! This is the best I can do for now. Thanks again!

#1 SS/Timascus/SS $300
43g
24 hr sale
Release on 3/20/17
shipping starting 3/22/17

#2 SS/3CM/SS $280
54g
**Est Qty: 100
Tentative Release on 3/31/17

#3 Cu/Zr/Zr $300
49g
**24 hr sale

#4 Timascus/3CM/Flamed SS $440
45g
**Est Qty: 100

#5 Twist/Zr/SS $355
47g
24 hr sale
**Est Qty: 400

#6 Cu/2CM/Cu $280
58g
**Est Qty: 75

#7 Zr/Timascus/Flamed SS $410
39g
**Est Qty: 150
#8 Zr/Br/Zr $330
47g
24 hr sale

#9 Timascus/Flamed Damasteel/Flamed SS $450
43g
**Est Qty: 100

#10 SS/Twist/SS $280
51g
24 hr sale
**Est Qty:  400

#11 Zr/SC/Zr $400
47g
**Est Qty: 30 probably SUS

#12 Spiro/Timascus/Zr $410
39g
**Est Qty: 150

#13 SS/Reptilian/Flamed SS $290
51g
24 hr sale
**Est Qty: 400

#14 Twist/Sharktooth/SS $360
50g
**Est Qty: 200
#15 ??/??/??
#16 ??/??/??
#17 ??/??/??
#18 ??/??/??
#19 ??/??/??

Matrix material combos(so far)

Br/Cu/SS                                                                            SS/Timascus/SS

Zr/Timascus/Flamed SS                                              Standards


BlkTimascus/Damasteel/Flamed Zr                       Zr/Timascus/Zr

Zr/SC/Zr                                                                              SS/3CM/SS

Cu/Zr/Zr                                                                             Zr/Br/Zr

Timascus/3CM/Flamed SS                                          Spiro/Timascus/Zr

Z
r/SharkToothDammy/SS                                          Twist/Zr/SS

Timascus/Flamed Damasteel/Flamed SS stem   SS/Twist/SS

Cu/2CM/Cu                                                                           
SS/Reptilian Damascus/Flamed SS

Twist dammy/sharktooth dammy/SS


Top #37 “Matrix”

2/7/17

Talk to me. Next top, three piece with normal pricing or 4 piece like you have never seen but will be $50 more than the three piece.

Some times ya just know it’s going to be something special. It hit me on the way home. This 4 piece…I almost want to skip sleep and head back into work. Only problem these will take a very long time to make. Not sure how I am going to make that work as I want to make enough for yooze. I am thinking prototyping all week then get a few machines going next week to try to get a good head start then launch them end of this month so there is not a ridiculous shipping lead time. Just talking out loud here. Have a great night. My heart is pumping  🙂

2/8/17

BILLETSPIN UPDATE: The plan has changed so please read this carefully!

I started designing the 4 piece top and folks I will be totally honest, this one has potential to be one of the coolest, if not the coolest top I have ever made. I added some more pieces to it too so it will be either an 8 or 10 piece now. Some of those pieces are very basic so don’t get too excited about that. Unfortunately though, there are two issues with this top.

1) It will take a very very long time to make.
2) I don’t have enough materials to appease the masses

So, after much thought I have decided to change up the schedule to give us the time needed to do this right. The next top will now be the 2 piece long spinner.

For those that did not watch the live video I posted, my goal for this top will be for me to be able to spin it for 30 minutes. This does not mean you will be able to. In fact, some might still not be anywhere near that. Spin times vary greatly depending on skill level. This will not be a pretty top. Every feature on this top will be designed for maximum performance. I have tracked down a very rare grade of aluminum that has an off the chart strength rating. I will use that in conjunction with Tungsten. I probably will not offer this in different materials since these two will give the best performance and that is what this design is all about.

As you know, Tungsten is prone to wobble. I am using the new tungsten so it will be better but I assure you these will still have some wobble/flutter issues. These will come with the new carbide balls which will greatly reduce flat spot issues.

I am not sure on pricing or the launch date at this time. I will have to spend a great deal of time in the prototype stages. I am sure though that they will be available this month yet.

I am sorry for the switch-a-roo here on the schedule. I hope you understand. If you have any questions let me know!

Rich

2/22/17

And it shalled be called…..

The Matrix

get your screen shooters ready

This will be a timed sale for standards but the exotics will be limited due to material availability. I have been stocking up like a squirrel before winter. Personally I think we will break the K2 record with this one. Rich out

3/6/17

After this, there is no turning back. I did not come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you

it has begun

9 pieces

the Matrix proto has begun..

I am so stinking excited right now. The potential in this design is off the charts. I hope I can do it justice. My heart is pounding. Just eating my chicken then back at it

If you look at the right side of my profile pic, that is exactly what I look like at this second

If the design comes together pefrectly, then I will look like the left side of my profile pic

back to work, here we go  🙂

made some serious progress. Have a LOT of tweaking which will take me a long time but I will tell you this is crazy. I can almost see it and I am loving it.

One thing is for certain, these are going to take forever to make lol. a TON of machining. So worth it though…

3/7/17

Way to excited to keep this to myself.

wait until the stem is in it…

Oh what the heck. This is the ball side. The grip side will be different to make this a easy and fun one to spin

you are looking at 8 pieces there. The stem will make 9. The pins are sealed so you cannot switch them for trits

Here is the deal, take it from experience, once the stem is in and all the final tweaks are made, it will make this pop so much more than in this state. I can see it all now as is and I am sure I will have a bunch of small stuff yet but you get the idea. When you see it from all the angles…

3/8/17

I will just make a new post. Now comes the hardest tweak of the design. Wish me luck

We are real close now

quite a process huh  🙂 I love sharing it with you. This is just a standard, can you imagine an exotic…

you have 4 pieces to play with for materials. This is a 9 piece top and 5 of the pieces are SS dowel pins. You cannot remove them and all tops will come with SS dowel pins

58 grams

all SS dowels. I am not making them, they are just store bought

final version is done, I am shutting down comments on this proto

For size reference

All tweaks have been made. Ladies and gentlemen, I present:

The Matrix

I lined up the diagonal marks on the OD and shortened the stem which totally changed the appearance of the “barbed wire” portion making it look sooooo much better. Even easier to spin now too

I will get all those details soon. We have to go through and optimize the programs and make some other combo’s to make sure everythign is running smooth first

A little history on the Matrix. A long long time ago, I held a design contest here in BilletSPIN. It was cool too see everyone submit their ideas. The problem I soon learned was that people dont have much for machining experience so a lot of the ideas just were not possible. One design did however stick out over the rest and easily won. It was made by Jason Hosking and it looked great!

After the design contest was over, I was slammed and making this with him just slipped through the cracks. I apologize greatly for this and it was not acceptable. Well a few months ago, Jason sent me a message and I felt horrible. So we got started on the planning.

There is so much that goes into these designs. I took the genetics of his submitted design and we talked about how it would be possible to make, make affordable and spin well. Well what started off with a few tweaks ended up as the Matrix.

This experience was a TON of fun and I hope Jason feels the same way. It got me out of my comfort zone and made me push the envelope and I could not be happier with the result.

Here is Jason’s contest winning design and the finished product! Thanks again Jason Hosking!!

Spin vid!

3/9/17

Official Matrix information post:

I will update this as I get more solid info.

-1.2″ in diameter
-1/8″ carbide ball
-9 pieces (4 main components and 5 SS dowel pins)
-the dowel pins will be SS on every variation

-Standard material combo’s will be $200 plus $5 domestic and $12 international shipping

-Standards will be sold through www.indiegogo.com and should be launched around 4/1/17 and be about a 20-30 day campaign.

-standards will be unlimited

-Exotic combo’s will be sold on www.billetspin.com for any combo with at least 30 tops. Less than 30 tops will be sold on www.signupsale.com

-in the case of the SUS tops, they will be limited to one per person.

-I will make the exotic samples and get a chart of them showing the order they will be released and the price for each. I will not know quantities until we start making them.

-Exotics will then be sold and made around the same time. This will keep the delivery lead times short. Once one combo is shipped, we will move onto the next exotic combo until all of them are sold out.

-I will reserve the right to add a few exotic combo’s to the chart in case I might be inspired at a later date.

-I will NOT be using Tungsten on the Matrix!!!!!!

This is all the info I have for now. Stay tuned for more details as I get them. This will be epic, I cannot wait! THANK YOU for your continued support!

Rich

standard materials are Stainless Steel, copper and Bronze. Any combination of those materials is $200 plus shipping. Exotics are more because the material cost can be huge. I will announce those prices once I figure out the material combos

Just a few more pics. I will put these into one post after I get all the standard samples done.

Not sure about offering this style of combo…

Timing first spin…

Slight desk mishap, timing second spin lol

8:54

Crap, I got an idea lol

It is a tweak that could have a significant impact on this top so I have to try!

3/10/17

So small changes were made. I have one more to make right away this morning. It means I have some scrap now unfortunately but it is worth it as I want this perfect. We will be filming the Indiegogo video Monday so I got a busy day today to get ready for that. Have yourself a wonderful day all!!!

Ok all, a heads up. I scrapped everything I had made after making some changes. I am deleting all previous posts with pictures to people do not get confused. I will post new pics later today. No major tweaks but the changes made this top easier to spin. The challenge here was the High COG due to the thick disc. It needed to be that way due to the complexity of the machining. The subtle changes had a significant impact and I just want this to be as good as it can be for yooze all! More details to come later!

Changes:

-Stem is shorter
-“barbed wire” portion is smaller in diameter
-inner disc is shallower on ball side
-inner disc is much deeper on grip side
-inner disc pattern is changed on grip side
-grip is a shorter

All these changes made improvements to the spin.

I will not sell any proto’s, they are all gone

they live only in your imagination. Welcome to the Matrix

This top is the real deal. I test spun it at 12:01 and it spun for 9 minutes and stopped spinning at 12:04. Unreal. Welcome to the Matrix

I don’t want to leave you hanging. I will get pics of many other combos tomorrow. This is all I got right now. I scrapped everything I had made after making some changes. I am deleting all previous posts with pictures so people do not get confused. No major tweaks but the changes made this top easier to spin. The challenge here was the High COG due to the thick disc. It needed to be that way due to the complexity of the machining. The subtle changes had a significant impact and I just want this to be as good as it can be for yooze all!

Changes:

-Stem is shorter
-“barbed wire” portion is smaller in diameter
-inner disc is shallower on ball side
-inner disc is much deeper on grip side
-inner disc pattern is changed on grip side
-grip is a shorter

All these changes made improvements to the spin.

Should be able to make a SS/timascus/SS tomorrow too

3/11/17

First project of the day. This will be the first exotic offered and the price will be $300 plus shipping. Hoping to go live with these at the end of next week or early the week after

At this point I am only using timascus. Yes I will be making some with the outside in timascus but I dont have nearly as much in that size as I do for the inner disc.

I will do my best! You will get the order in which they will be released and the price but not the date. Too many variables to include that

Ah this is good enough to make another post

39g

My sister is gone so I am not sure on my price for the Zirc. Once I know that I will let you know. Takes a lot of material to make these.

is the black zirc finish easily chipped /scratched ?

no, in fact I tried to buff one and could not get the color off with a rouge wheel. Those wheels will peel off timascus or SS coloring like nothing

Last one for the day

This is the best I could do for today. You will understand why in my next post. See official Matrix info post for any questions!

The majority of the standard combos!

3/13/17

Update:

Jason will be here today so we can work on the Indiegogo video. We are running some sample exotics on the machines and then I will start assembling tomorrow. Hoping to have the exotic chart made on Wednesday and release the first exotic on Friday or Monday.

I know for certain that the first exotic will be the SS/Timascus/SS (see pic below). Due to the amount of material I have I will probably make this a 24 hour sale and make as many as ordered for this exotic combo ONLY. Those will be $300 plus shipping. I figure we should start the Matrix off right.

More details to come!

The timascus is super easy to clean with windex and a toothbrush. Kris Bex

I will try me best to keep somewhat equal amounts of 1 exotics, 2 exotic and 3 exotics combo’s so there is a price point for everyone. 3 exotics will be very pricey but so cool  🙂

3/14/17

Good cause Auction!

Wobbler!! 1st part of spin is smooth then picks up flutter then wobble

Black Timascus over flamed damasteel over flamed Zirc stem

$5 minimum bid. 5 minute antisnipe. Auction ends at 1:30 pm today central.

1/1 and will come with COA noting wobble.

100% of the proceeds goes to help out an AWANA program in the Philippines

stupid video did not load in HD. I will add some pics

Just remember guys, this is a wobbler

thanks for the dogpiles guys, awesome

14 minutes left

antisnipe in effect

Corey Arnold 1600

Due to the high bids, I am going to throw in a Zirc/timascus/flamed SS. THANK YOU ALL for this support

Corey Arnold 2500

Last time I said that the bids took off lol I am not saying anything!

this is way above and byond

floored

over

Congrats Corey Arnold


1 of 2. This is Jason Hosking‘s free top for winning the design contest. Zirc over black timascus over zirc

Zirc over Sc over zirc

SS/3CM/SS

Copper/zirc/zirc I really like this one

Zirc/Bronze/Zirc

Heading to try some baking. Going to be a long night. A lot more combo’s to come

Timascus/3 Color Mokume/Flamed SS

yup, I LOVE this one

I have a price list for all the components. This one is $440 and that is why I used a SS stem. Plus I think the blue to gold transition is perfect

Spiro/Timascus/Zirc

You think I am done? Silly people. Just wait

Zirc/Shark tooth dammy/SS

So thats it for tonight. Some will stay and some will go. I have a LOT more options to try. Lets have fun with it. See ya ll in the morning. Have a great night!

3/15/17

Let’s make it a great day

Twist dammy/zirc/SS

Timascus/flamed damasteel/flamed SS stem.

I did my best to bring out the damasteel pattern. You can definitely see it but it is not crazy in your face obvious.

SS/Twist/SS

This is a crazy cool combo imo.

it is amazing. I will do a YT vid for all these. This one will really stand out


Official Matrix information post:

I will update this as I get more solid info.

-1.2″ in diameter
-1/8″ carbide ball
-9 pieces (4 main components and 5 SS dowel pins)
-the dowel pins will be SS on every variation

-Standard material combo’s will be $200 plus $5 domestic and $12 international shipping

-Standards will be sold through www.indiegogo.com and should be launched around 4/11/17 and be about a 20-30 day campaign. EDITED DATE

-standards will be unlimited

-1st exotic will be SS/Timascus/SS and will be launched at noon central on 3/20 It will be $300 plus shipping and will be an unlimited 24 hours sale. EDITED

-Exotic combo’s will be sold on www.billetspin.com for any combo with at least 30 tops. Less than 30 tops will be sold on www.signupsale.com

-in the case of the SUS tops, they will be limited to one per person.

-I will make the exotic samples and get a chart of them showing the order they will be released and the price for each. I will not know quantities until we start making them.

-Exotics will then be sold and made around the same time. This will keep the delivery lead times short. Once one combo is shipped, we will move onto the next exotic combo until all of them are sold out.

-I will reserve the right to add a few exotic combo’s to the chart in case I might be inspired at a later date.

-I will NOT be using Tungsten on the Matrix!!!!!!

This is all the info I have for now. Stay tuned for more details as I get them. This will be epic, I cannot wait! THANK YOU for your continued support!

Rich


Copper/2 color mokume/ Copper (all three have a satin finish)

Reptilian Damascus

SS/Reptilian Damascus/SS

The next version will be a first for BS… I think lol.

Twist dammy/sharktooth dammy/SS

3/16/17

PLEASE READ ENTIRE POST: Here is the exotic chart. Shipping will be $5 domestic and $12 international.

On Monday (3/20) at noon central we will release exotic combo #1 on www.billetspin.com. It will be a 24hr sale and I will make as many as are ordered. Once the 24 hour sale is over, it is gone for good. It will take 2 weeks to ship all of them.

Once #1 is close to being done, we will start thecountdown timer for #2 and post details of its release here. Once 2 is almost done being machined, we release 3 etc. This whole process will take a few months.

Any combo with 30 or less total will be sold onwww.signupsale.com and we will post that well in advance of the actual release. Any combo over 30 will be released on www.billetspin.com. Sign up sale combo’s will be limited to one per person only. Combo’s with over 30 will not be limited to one per person.

I will only announce quantities on SUS tops. Most exotics will be limited quantity but some will have a timed sale like #1. I do not know which ones those will be so you will have to wait until we release the details of each combo prior to its release.

There are 5 mystery tops. Those will be combo’s of my choosing. I am doing this because I dont know how much materials will be left and I might come up with a cool idea later on. This keeps my options open!

Standards will still be launched on Indiegogo around 4/11 and those will all be unlimited through the duration of the campaign. Price will be $200 plus shipping

Let me know if you have any questions and thanks for being awesome.

FB would not allow me to edit the photo so I had to delete and make a new one. Sorry!

Any chance of a Mokume outer on any combos Rich?

it can be done but due to how soft it is it would be a real pain with a lot of scrap so I decided against it but there are those 5 mystery tops so who knows.

which one of these releases will be for SUSs and which one for flash sale?

All I know for sure is the superconductor will be a SUS. There might be one or two more out of these 14. I am working on a new system for that combo we discussed. It will be a few days and would be one of the last 5 and VERY limited.

Glad you guys are liking them. We put a ton of work into it!

Well folks I messed up on the price of the SC top but I am going to let it stand and give yooze a deal on that one. Numbers are normally my thing lol

3/17/17

Nexus Proto Sales

OVER!!!!!

READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS: Used Proto. Will have flutter. 1/8″ carbide ball. 7068 aluminum and tungsten. $115 plus $5 domestic and $12 international shipping.

I am thinking of a number between 1-100. You get ONE guess. NO editing. The first person to get the exact number wins. If you guess twice you will be disqualified!!!!!!!!!! I will not even look at the guesses until 10 minutes after this is posted. At that point I will announce the winner or announce nobody has guessed it yet.

Please let’s try to keep this fun and drama free!

Congrats to Kevin Andersen 47 was correct Continue reading Nexus Proto Sales

Top #36 “Nexus”

BILLETSPIN UPDATE: The plan has changed so please read this carefully!

I started designing the 4 piece top and folks I will be totally honest, this one has potential to be one of the coolest, if not the coolest top I have ever made. I added some more pieces to it too so it will be either an 8 or 10 piece now. Some of those pieces are very basic so don’t get too excited about that. Unfortunately though, there are two issues with this top.

1) It will take a very very long time to make.
2) I don’t have enough materials to appease the masses

So, after much thought I have decided to change up the schedule to give us the time needed to do this right. The next top will now be the 2 piece long spinner.

For those that did not watch the live video I posted, my goal for this top will be for me to be able to spin it for 30 minutes. This does not mean you will be able to. In fact, some might still not be anywhere near that. Spin times vary greatly depending on skill level. This will not be a pretty top. Every feature on this top will be designed for maximum performance. I have tracked down a very rare grade of aluminum that has an off the chart strength rating. I will use that in conjunction with Tungsten. I probably will not offer this in different materials since these two will give the best performance and that is what this design is all about.

As you know, Tungsten is prone to wobble. I am using the new tungsten so it will be better but I assure you these will still have some wobble/flutter issues. These will come with the new carbide balls which will greatly reduce flat spot issues.

I am not sure on pricing or the launch date at this time. I will have to spend a great deal of time in the prototype stages. I am sure though that they will be available this month yet.

I am sorry for the switch-a-roo here on the schedule. I hope you understand. If you have any questions let me know!

Rich

2/11/17

Vlog #1

Vlog #2

Vlog #3

Vlog #4

15 and still going good

18:55 first spin so I could easily break 20 with a few tries. Pretty good start I think!

Vlog #5

Vlog #6

Vlog #7

Vlog #8 and final for today

this one is worse. Back to the original style. Had to try it

in fact, worst spinner of the day lol

barely 18 minutes, this thing sucks!

still going

got a lot of fight in it

barely rotating

18:57

I thought it was dead 2 minutes ago lol

If I did not have this party to go to I would keep at it

ok, one more design. My brain came up with a plan…

Still here two tops later  😛 This one has promise. I would bet it’s the best of the day! Wish it luck

I had the place all shut down and had my jacket on heading out the door and it hit me…

Now we just have to hope it does not suck

Complete trash, 18:03 NOW I am leaving lol. Have a good one all. I suck

Came back to work. Getting consistent 22-23 minutes now on decent spins. This is still in rough proto stage so there is more in it but not a whole lot. This top as is will see 5 minute improvement over the Tungten/Aluminum Infinity. I am confident I can squeeze another minute or two out of it. I should be able to break 25 with it personally once the tweaks are done. Wont happen every time for sure but should on a good spin. Thats all she wrote for sure now. I am taking the day off tomorrow and will be back on this project on Tuesday. Have a great night all!

I will do a full vlog about it once it is all tweaked. I found a repeatable system of change and that helped out a lot.

There was no way I could sleep with this many ideas in my head so I had to head back to work. Mind is clear now and the path is clear. Sleepy time

2/12/17

So tomorrow will be a dead day for me as we have to finish a few Crown tops before I get back on the long spinner. I will use that time to sell off some prototypes I made yesterday. They will be $115 plus shipping. I will try (and fail) to come up with easy ways to sell them where everyone is happy. Not sure of the exact time. Some have some nicks and most have some movement towards the end of the spin.

2/13/17

Vlog #9

hollow stem made ZERO difference. ZERO 🙂

Lindsey Wissing From Rich:

Gavin Sexton That bigger grip is nice

It needs it for this much weight. Same top with a .020″ smaller diameter grip tops out at 300 less RPM’s on the launch. Any bigger and the RPM’s decrease as well. It is the size it needs to be

Vlog #10

2/14/17

Uploaded in HD this time. Balancing idea we are working on

The official information post about this new top will happen soon. Until then suggest names for it here.


Official Information post:

The new top will be called the Nexus. I have wanted to use this name for a long time because most of our Mazak’s are Nexus models and these tops are made on them.

This will be on average, the longest spinning top in BilletSPIN history. It will launch on www.billetspin.com on 2/21 at noon central. Here is some info on the top:

-Only comes in one material combination (Tungsten/7068 aluminum)

-1/8″ carbide bearing ball (From our testing, these will be a significant improvement over ceramic).

-1.12″ in diameter

-44grams

-Due to the Tungsten you can expect more wobble than a standard BilletSPIN top. We are using the new tungsten but you will still see a flutter/wobble especially in the second half of the spin. Tops are sold as-is and I will not accept returns due to wobble/flutter

-$130 plus $5 domestic and $12 international shipping.

-We have enough Tungsten for 450 tops. A large portion of those will be junk due to excessive wobble. I will have to play it safe in the amount I make available because I will not have these all done in time for the release. This will hopefully mean there will be a second release once production is done (in a few weeks) and we know how many good ones we have.

-Due to the potential material issues, this design will NOT be retired after this sale. I am guessing this will be a huge hit and I would like to offer more of this one later in the year. However, I might not and this might be your only chance to get one. I just reserve the right to have another release later.

-There will NOT be a limit on how many you can order. I ask you to not buy this top to flip. Any comments to this post in regards to flipping will be deleted no questions asked.

2/15/17

Check this out…

Prototype spin contest! If you got one of the 42,517 Nexus prototypes, post up your best times here. On your honor. Winner gets to say they spun one of the 42,517 Nexus prototypes the longest!

2/17/17

As of now, 10 minute average to balance each Nexus. Going to be a long week

Remember there will be around 450 of them…

I am getting a system down for sure but it is just a tedious process.

2/19/17

Planning on ordering a Nexus? Be sure to watch this!!!

2/20/17

Today went well. I balanced 110. Getting the hang of it. Each bar is consistent from start to end so once we get the offset right for the first piece we can run the bar at the same setting. Should have them all balanced end of the day Wednesday if all goes well. This has no bearing on you all whatsoever but just thought I would share  😛

1st bar was dead perfect. Bore them, assemble, done. It was all down hill from there but still got a lot done

Each bar makes about 25 tops. Of those, they are pretty much identical. None of these will show a crazy variation to another one. They are all pretty close. If I didn’t balance them, they would be insanely different. This super light weight core just magnifies everything.

out of 400 there might be 10 DT smooth. Keep your expectations low but know the spin times will be very good regardless.

2/21/17

Getting close now, you ready!

Last minute Nexus info:

1) After getting the counts, we will be releasing 350 today at noon. We have more to run so I am very conservative on my numbers just in case something goes wrong here. We always keep extras for CS reasons. If we don’t scrap anymore, we might have a few to sell at a later date but it will be in a very small quantity. Nothing else I can do at this point because they are not all done and I need to play it safe.

2) When you purchase from the website, it is NOT yours until you COMPLETE checkout!!! Just because it is in your cart does not make it yours.

3) There will more than likely be people that miss out. People will be upset. I made ALL the material I had. I released ALL the tops I could. It sucks people miss out sometimes but lets try to keep the drama to a minimum.

4) I will NOT be making anymore Nexus tops. This is the only run of them but like I said in #1 there is a small chance I will have a few extras after the dust settles. DO NOT message me trying to get one if you missed out please. It just puts me in a bad spot as I like to please everyone.

5) Shipping will begin tomorrow and we should have them all shipped in one week.

6) I have said it a lot and the website is plastered with this: EXPECT FLUTTER/WOBBLE!!! This is Tungsten and I did my best to balance them but expect the worst.

7) The website will more than likely be password protected at some point this morning. It just means we are prepping for the launch. It will be back online well before noon central.

If you all have any questions, let me know! Looking forward to the fun and cant wait for you all to start getting these!


Just know, I made as many as I could all. If this balancing was not such a pain I would have ordered more stock for a second release. I am working on a solution for future long spinners though. THANK YOU for your support! Cant wait to see some times!

I was not expecting it to go that fast. Watching it was incredible

that was on par with the K2. Crazy. Back to balancing!

2/22/17

Good morning!

Top #35 “Crown”

1/2/17

I hope you all had a Happy New Year! I am officially back from vacation and ready to go! So much in fact I forgot we are off today but I showed up to an empty shop lol. Looks like we have made a decent amount of progress on the spheres, Christmas tops are done and shipped. Time to get caught up on some stuff and get designing the stemless top! After that will be the mini and then we get into our regular routine.

Lets make 2017 amazing and I hope you have a wonderful week. I missed yooze all!

1/13/17

Give me a heads up. How many of you are interested in a mini? Would you like 5/8″ or 3/4″? I will shoot for a two piece and try to keep the price between $100-$125 plus shipping. Reply “in” or “n” or “i” or “IN” or “in.” if you think you would be interested. This is NOT an order thread but just checking the demand on these. Be sure to include the size preference mentioned above.

Please only reply if you are interested in the top! Appreciate the feedback and I hope you all have a wonderful day!! Continue reading Top #35 “Crown”

January Updates

I hope you all had a Happy New Year! I am officially back from vacation and ready to go! So much in fact I forgot we are off today but I showed up to an empty shop lol. Looks like we have made a decent amount of progress on the spheres, Christmas tops are done and shipped. Time to get caught up on some stuff and get designing the stemless top! After that will be the mini and then we get into our regular routine.

Lets make 2017 amazing and I hope you have a wonderful week. I missed yooze all!

1/3/16

I have been asked this a lot lately. Please do not send BilletSPIN tops to anyone to have them disassembled and then reassembled to make a different top. You could potentially take two standard tops and have them made into a one off or into a very limited top. This will royally mess up the COA system and devalue BilletSPIN tops as well as take advantage of me. I am asking you because I cannot make you do this. I have contacted the people I know that offer this service and asked them not to mix and match. I only know of a couple of instances where this has happened.

I hope you understand and I appreciate the cooperation. It means a lot. I have no issues whatsoever with deep etching or polishing or any other cosmetic work. My issues is with changing the actual material combinations.

I will be updating the pinned post and this will be covered in it. Thanks again and I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Rich

1/4/17

www.billetspin.com now accepts paypal and Apple Pay…

1/11/17

So my wife Rich N Sue Stadler is considering joining the BilletSPIN team. She is currently working at K-mart and LOVES her job. I keep telling her how much more awesome it would be to hang out with all of you instead but she needs some convincing. Help a brother out and show Sue some love.

Big news, we just ordered a new machine. This will be identical to the last one. It is the perfect machine for tops. This will allow us a lot more versatility and will help with the increasing volume. My plan this year is to make some insanely original stuff but vary the materials enough to keep the quantities of each low while increasing the numbers of each design. That is a win for everyone. This will also help with the rings (which have been doing very well). This is of course all thanks to all of you and I appreciate that more than I could ever express. It will not get here for a while so we will keep plugging away but just wanted to let you all know the good news!

1/19/17

Official BilletSPIN Update: I thought heavily on this last night and this morning and took into account all of this groups feedback over the last few months. Here is what we will strive for. Of course there will be circumstances that I cannot predict right now that can make us deviate slightly from this plan OCCASIONALLY 🙂

-We will be primarily using www.billetspin.com for all of our sales. As soon as I am comfortable in a design, we will put up the countdown timer on the bottom of the main page of the website. If this timer is not accurate on your computer, look at the actual launch time/date next to the timer. The actual launch time/date will always be correct and in CST(Central Standard Time). Once the countdown timer has started, we will announce it here in the group, email blast to our website subscribers, announce it on IG and hopefully have a youtube video posted.

-We will be working on limiting the more limited material combo’s to one per person. Of course there are ways around whatever we put in place but we will do our best to give this a try.

-When we make these designs, we make a small amount of extras in case of customer service issues. These extras will be sold a few different ways much later. Sports shows, etsy, this group via scavenger hunts etc. Please DO NOT ask about acquiring these extras from me outside of that. I wont do it and it will just waste both of our time.

-We will continue to use Indiegogo a few times a year. This is a great way for us to grow BilletSPIN. This helps provide job security to our employees and families.

-We will still use the SUS website for specialty designs or combo’s. These Sign up sales will run on the www.signupsale.com website and will run for over a 24 hour period minimum so people in all time zones will be able to participate if they choose. A link to the SUS will be posted in this group.

I want to make this group a fun place to hang out. I don’t want this to just be about selling tops. In order to do that I like to do things like random GAW’s, scavenger hunts, flash sales, auctions etc. I will make these items from now on, the more “available” items instead of a design like the Timascus Triskelion. I hope that makes sense. I want to try to accommodate those that cant be watching this group every second of the day. If you do end up missing something, it wont be some super rare item and more than likely you would have had a chance to purchase it through the normal channels.

I suck at communication so I hope this makes sense. I know we have a ton of new people and so if you have any QUESTIONS, here is your time. There are other posts for suggestions, lets keep this one to questions/answers that pertain to people not understanding what has been mentioned in this post. I will update the pinned post to reflect this info. If you are new to BilletSPIN, be sure to read the pinned post. It will also answer a lot of your questions.

Sorry for the long post, thanks for all you do and make sure you have a great rest of the week!

Rich

1/25/17

Christopher Bathgate

Hey everyone, finally got my new art book together and I of course included a little section about Rich Stadler and our little top collaboration. thanks for those of you who contributed images for this section

I am still awaiting the final proofs to come in the mail before I update the book store and my website, but I thought it would be nice to offer advanced copies to everyone who follows my work.

Many of you have requested signed copies of previous editions, so I thought that as part of the pre-launch, I would offer signed copies, as well as a slightly discounted price to those of you who would like to pre-order the book now.

Keep in mind this is a self published small quantity book so the pricing will reflect the scale of the project.
(If I get enough sign ups, I may be able to discount the price further.)

Since I will be running this sale myself and processing will not go through Blurb (the POD publisher), I will need to set up a pre-order form like I have been doing with the small editions. So if you are interested in getting a copy at the introductory rate, click the link below and fill in the form.

https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSdacUECH_RULbOT8…/viewform…

BilletSPIN Cards

Coming soon

these will be on the website this week

12/15/16

Michael Bright  Over 2 months in the making, I introduce you to Billet Spin Playing Cards. Featuring iconic BilletSpin top designs from 2016, as well as a special guest appearance from the original and legendary Kraken. Honestly, who doesn’t want to throw in a pair of Krakens!

True to his word, Rich does indeed delete every file on the last run of each top design. As a result, each top has been re-drawn from scratch, taking even the smallest details into consideration. This unhealthy obsession started soon after the coin design contest, in which my entry included a combination of various BilletSpin tops.

Little did I know that this design would become the foundation of an epic personal project. The result of which is a completely unique custom themed card deck.

This limited first run is intended as an ideal gift for any top collector to compliment the hobby, if there is a serious interest in more collectable playing cards featuring various top designs, I would be keen to explore them.

In short, this is a fun way to share and celebrate such a great line up of Billetspin top designs from 2016. I hope you all enjoy them as much as I did creating them!

I know I can’t wait to get my hands on then and they are available now on the BilletSpin website under accessories: www.billetspin.com/accessories/billetspin-playing-cards

The cards are Standard Poker Size 2.48” x 3.46” (63mm x 88mm)�
and are printed on 300gsm Smooth (Matte) card stock

Lastly, A huge thank you to Rich Stadler and Lindsey Wissing for allowing me to make these cards a reality, and to everyone in the group for posting such awesome pictures of your top collections! I would not have been able to re-draw them all if you hadn’t!