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The key shaped multitool that puts a tool box in your pocket. (www.atomtool.com)

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Market Need: Multitools are convenient products that offer a versatile array of hand tools and functions in a single unit. However, traditional multitools are not exactly easy to carry around every day. The products are large, sharp and too heavy to carry in your pocket. Instead, the tool is stored in the apocalyptic survival kit, the nostalgic camping bag or relegated to the car's glove compartment - defeating the purpose.

Solution: ATOM is a key-shaped multitool that offers several convenient tools and features in a compact design that fits on your keychain like any other key. The end result is a multifunctional tool ready to fight off spontaneous outbreaks of zombies (even the scary ones that run really fast...no one cares about the slow ones).

The one piece tool offers the following: 

  • 1. Bottle opener
  • 2-4. Hex bolt wrench set (3/8″, 5/16″ and 1/4″)
  • 5-6. Ruler set (imperial and metric)
  • 7-8. Flat head screw driver set (1/8″ and 3/16″)
  • 9-10. Philips head screw driver set (#1 and #2)
  • 11. Pry Bar
  • 12. Hex bit driver (1/4″) 
  • 13. Protractor (45° increments)
  • 14. Cross-cut coarse file
  • 15. Single-cut fine file
  • 16. Ripping tool* 

*Note that the ripping tool is not sharpened. The innovative design allows the tool to rip cardboard and soft wood, but will not break the skin. Safety first! 

Figure 1: Schematic diagram of ATOM illustrating location of the various tools and features.
Figure 1: Schematic diagram of ATOM illustrating location of the various tools and features.
Figure 2: ATOM - A Tool of Multipurpose that fits right on your keychain.
Figure 2: ATOM - A Tool of Multipurpose that fits right on your keychain.

Manufacturing: ATOM is created by a metal injection molding process using high grade stainless steel (SS440A). The key is then heat treated to increase strength and toughness to provide a quality, durable tool. Finally, the product markings (i.e. logo and rulers) are laser etched directly into the steel to provide a professional grade finish. ATOM also comes in a tactical black finish (See Figure 5). 

Figure 3: Artistic demonstration of ATOM. Note that the key does not possess magical powers and cannot actually levitate.
Figure 3: Artistic demonstration of ATOM. Note that the key does not possess magical powers and cannot actually levitate.
Figure 4: Product demonstration illustrating the main functions of the key including (clockwise) the ripping tool, the wrench set, the screwdrivers and the bottle opener.
Figure 4: Product demonstration illustrating the main functions of the key including (clockwise) the ripping tool, the wrench set, the screwdrivers and the bottle opener.

Funding and Delivery: By backing this project, you are essentially pre-ordering ATOM. Once the project has been successfully backed, the pledges will be used for tooling to begin mass production. Based on estimates provided by the manufacturer, the tools will be ready to ship within 4-6 weeks after successful completion of the project! Thank you so much for all the interest and support. The project would not be possible without you. 

Figure 5: ATOM with an optional black tactical coating.
Figure 5: ATOM with an optional black tactical coating.
Figure 6: Professionals on a closed course. Do not attempt at home.
Figure 6: Professionals on a closed course. Do not attempt at home.

Please keep in mind that the products shown are prototypes. The appearance/design of the final product is subject to change. ATOM is the product of creative design that is currently patent pending. 

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Manufacturing any product on a large scale in a timely manner presents several risks and challenges. In an attempt to mitigate potential risk associated with production, I have selected a manufacturer led by industry veterans with over 150 years of combined experience. The manufacturer specializes in product development and has established a global presence based on quality and reliability. Experience, solid design and a strong relationship with a successful manufacturer will help create a quality product in a timely manner.

Thank you Kickstarter for all your support!

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