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The birth of an idea

Our founder Denys Okhrimenko has always been a passionate inventor. In 2012-2014, he was buying all the materials with his own money and making his first hand-carved construction sets right in his kitchen. These first models were made out of wood. Denys says:

«I was designing and making hand-carved models. Also, I was writing all the instructions. Then I was sealing packages with construction sets using a building dryer. Usually, it was taking me five attempts to do it properly.»
«I was designing and making hand-carved models. Also, I was writing all the instructions. Then I was sealing packages with construction sets using a building dryer. Usually, it was taking me five attempts to do it properly.»

Who would have thought that in two years this idea would interest the investor and would tear the market up? In 2017, when the company started earning big money, Denys had to leave due to conflicts with the new co-owner. At that time, the company already had hundreds of employees and the construction sets were being sold in different countries but he needed to start all over again.

«At that time, the previous four years of development were a complete loss and a blow for me. However, I gathered my wits and came up with a new idea.»

For Time for Machine, he used innovative schemes and mechanisms.

Denys went back to the basics. Having lost a large design department, he constructed some metal models by himself. Sometimes he was just sitting on the floor, setting them in motion, trying not to lose faith in what he was doing. And that was when some new investors were found. They supported Time for Machine financially.

In February 2017, Denys was already presenting some prototypes at the Spielwarenmesse toy exhibition in Nuremberg, Germany. At the time, none of those models was working properly, but the investors were really interested in the idea. Therefore, the company started to grow. However, Time for Machine faced some technical problems.

We had to completely change the method of production. The crowdfunding campaign took us a long time, so we spent more money than was expected. However, Time for Machine handled the situation. Today, we’re grateful to our first backers for their appreciation and encouragement.

By April 2019, we expanded our design department, coping with all the technological issues. By that time, we’ve already developed 9 models for our second crowdfunding campaign and switched to the mass production. And that was how new technical problems appeared. We had to redesign 4 of 9 models. Also, we conducted one more quality control. It was 2019, and the delay had already lasted for about 4 months. Also, the new year was approaching. We managed to send some of the models from the United States, and those construction sets reached their owners successfully. However, most models were still being packed in China. It was not only the eve of the Chinese New Year but also the time when the new epidemic was rapidly growing. All the models were quickly redesigned, fixed, and freshly packed. The logistics company took our models and reported having them sent before the Chinese New Year. Unfortunately, that was untrue, and that company went bankrupt.

In spring, our models turned out to be in Russia, in another logistics company. Finally, they were being returned to our warehouse in Kyiv. So, after traveling all over the world, our models came back to us. By June 2020, Time for Machine Time for Machine had suffered some reputational damage due to that situation. We had to spend a large sum of money to fulfill all pledges to our backers. We are still very grateful for their patience and understanding. Keeping our promises is a matter of honor for us, so we will do our best to prevent anything like this from ever happening again.

Today, Time for Machine is not only a new trend but also a big team of professionals involved in design, sales, and logistics.

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