Making implants biocompatible is more or less a solved problem, and has been for a long time - just not at costs accessible to a low-volume biohacking company that relies on private sales rather than medical coverage reimbursements.
DT essentially have two “recipes” to make biocompatible implants: glass vials, and Amal’s magic goop and secret manufacturing process. The former is cost-effective because it rides on larger manufacturing capabilities set up for animal tags a long time ago. As for the latter, while very limited in scope compared to what’s available to researchers and medical device makers, my understanding is that it still cost Amal years of trial and error and beaucoup bucks to develop.
That’s it. Glass and magic Amal goop. That’s the two methods DT can work with as a small specialized implant manufacturer to make safe biocompatible implants with a reasonably democratic pricetag. The xGO is an attempt at making implantable magnets using the former, and the 6mm “flexmag” is an attempt at doing the same using the latter. Anything outside of that will require money that someone - Amal or the community - will have to pony up.
Me, I have a suggestion: instead of crowfunding a particular device, why not set up a separate, general “transhumanist research trust” as a non-profit?
Those who wish to contribute money to the fund would get perks, such as early access to new batches of whatever Amal dreams up and manages to have manufacturered once he has enough dosh to make it happen. The more you give, the higher you are on the priority list. Also, it would be tax-exempt, and the trust could receive other kinds of donations, like inheritance estates.
Of course, money levied by the trust would be used to sell devices… not for profit obviously. So DT wouldn’t make any money off of anything made using those funds. In fact, DT wouldn’t be selling those devices at all: they’d be made and sold at cost for the sole purpose of testing by the volunteers who contributed to the fund, and the trust would then “donate” their rolodex and manufacturing process to DT for later for-profit sales - because the trust isn’t in the business of selling implants, just doing research.
That way, it might unlock manufacturing for DT, once whichever factory was contracted to make the first not-for-profit devices had tooled up enough to make further orders less costly.
Just a thought…