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Never run out of MacBook power on the go with the KeyBit: the first MagSafe Adapter key ring.

In 2012, Apple changed their MagSafe port, and over night all power supplies became obsolete. For people on the go, that meant either buying all new MacBook chargers or carrying a tiny adapter that you'll lose the day after you buy it!

KeyBit is the solution.

KeyBit+ shown with red 3D printed cover
KeyBit+ shown with red 3D printed cover

A few weeks ago I released a keychain to keep your MagSafe adapter from getting lost. Thanks to Shapeways steel 3D printing, I have been able to help many MacBook users avoid frustration. The response has been overwhelming and I want to make it even better!

The current process is slow, expensive, and inefficient. The packaging alone accounts for nearly half the cost! Currently, each order is printed individually. Imagine baking a single cookie every time somebody wanted one. (don't forget the milk :)

With an all new manufacturing process, I can offer a product that is sleek, polished, and coated in better materials that feel as good as it looks.

The production of a nicely milled steel piece is going to require about 8 weeks development time and possibly a couple more for production refinements.

I have already lined up distribution channels so getting it to you will be easier and quicker.

In addition, I have some great rewards for backers to help me start this new business.

Thanks for your support. Let's rock!

A special thanks to Taylor Sternberg for his wonderful video skills and dedication to helping me get Kickstarted.

:) Mockup of different KeyBit+ colors
:) Mockup of different KeyBit+ colors

$200 Backers:

For this reward, I will offer a google hangout class for those backers that want to learn from my process and bring their own idea to reality. Here is a quick breakdown of what that hangout class will entail.

1) Basic 3D modeling. (things to think about when working with volumes) I will go over some key items in helping you move from a napkin sketch to 3D model, and get you to think about forms and structures in general to turn that thinking into working prototypes.

2) Materials, properties, and what to expect from your print. Making something digitally that need to feel, flex, and behave a certain way is not easy. I will explain how I have researched materials, and taken advantage of material properties to create products that benefit directly from the material in use.

3) Learn from my mistakes and successes. This is not the first product I have prototyped in 3D, so I have definitely made mistakes and learned from them along the way. I can show some models that have and haven't worked in the past and what good practices are for a successful/working prototype.

4) Sending a model to print. I would love for you to print your very first shapeways print with me. If you are not familiar with any 3D modeling software, we will use the free Sketchup and send a model to shapeways to print.

5) Moving beyond prototypes. Is 3D printing the end goal? Probably not, so here is an overview of different prototype methods as well as manufacturing methods. They each have their pros and cons.

I don't plan to teach you how to use a piece of software, since software changes frequently, and I strongly believe learning is about the process and getting to be familiar with a new medium. I am excited to give a personal look into the process and share some valuable lessons I have learned along the way.  I look forward to sharing my experience and knowledge to help you join an exciting family of digital makers.

Rewards in the simplest form
Rewards in the simplest form

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Since I have already created a working product, I believe the risks are few. In addition to having a product in use, I have also been in contact with many manufacturers about the best way to manufacture this piece at the different volumes it may be ordered in. Because the initial design had few constraints due to the 3D printing process, the final key ring will vary slightly in thickness and rounded edges to accomodate the type of manufacturing process. I am receiving samples as you read this so you know you will be getting a product that I have tested and approved of.

FAQ

  • All forms of currency that Kickstarter/Amazon will accept work for me :) (too punny?)

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  • There is only one KeyBit keyring, but the KeyBit+ comes with a plastic cover to protect your adapter in the most extreme circumstances and add some color to your otherwise already awesome keychain :)

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  • Since I have been using the Shapeways 3D printed version, I know it can handle the real world. That said, the production model will be plated in bright Nickel and be milled from a solid piece of steel. I will post samples as soon as they arrive, the photos I have seen look sharp!!!

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  • I have been using the KeyBit for over a month and keep it next to my Kingston USB drive and have not had any issues. As I understand it, solid state media (such as USB drives) is not effected by magnets of this strength.

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    You will be mailed a shiny new KeyBit as soon as they are manufactured. Consider this a pre-order for your very own Nickel plated keyring. Includes shipping within the USA. (Shipping to Canada add $3, International add $8) You will also receive a thank you card for being the catalyst to the products success.

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    You will be mailed a shiny new KeyBit+ as soon as they are manufactured with a colorful cover for the most extreme conditions. Consider this a pre-order for your very own Nickel plated keyring. Includes shipping within the USA. (Shipping to Canada add $3, International add $8) You will also receive a thank you card for being the catalyst to the products success.

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    You will be mailed a new KeyBit, a 3D printed version, as well as a comfortable backer t-shirt, designed by yours truly. Wear it around to show your awesome generosity and great taste in accessories :). Includes shipping within the USA. (Shipping to Canada add $3, International add $8)

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    You really want to see this product hit the market and can't wait for other backers to get it there. Awesome!! I see your support and will raise you a gift set including all of the above, plus a Google Hangout class on how to print your own great idea. I will be sure to mention you as an executive donor to start Bitwise Design, with the intention to launch more elegant solutions to tangible problems.

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