About this project
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.
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.
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.
Risks and challenges
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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