STRETCH GOAL Added! Let's hit $17,000 and all current and new Backers receive the updated design with the shower wall mount!
I hate paying for razor blades!!! They're expensive and I want them to last longer. The industry giants have invested millions in blade development so why do they dull so quickly?
Most people believe the act of "shaving" dulls a razor blade, this is false...it's a result of corrosion, actually "micro-rust", that degrades the blades leading edge and destroys the performance. Constant exposure to water and moisture causes the paper-thin cutting edge of the metal blade to rust and flake away, which shortens the effective life.
THE SOLUTION - RazorPOD
Works with all brands of disposable razors and cartridges
RazorPOD creates a near zero humidity micro-environment where your razor blade is dried and stored. RazorPOD protects your razor by using super-absorbing, renewable silica desiccant beads. These amazing little beads absorb lingering water droplets that cause your blades to rust and dull. As the beads change color, an indicator window notifies you when to plug in RazorPOD to renew the silica beads.
HOW RazorPOD WORKS
Concept Development Process
Manufacturing and Production Plan
I have over 20 years in product design, development and manufacturing. I have tried and true relationships with manufactures around the globe. For this project, I will be working with a manufacturer that has been a partner on many projects over the last 5 years. Together we have produced hundreds of thousands of parts and assembled these into actual consumer products that are sold in some of the nations largest retailers. My manufacturer will be injection molding all of the plastic parts, providing final assembly and packaging of the finished product. The RazorPOD will be manufactured offshore and my manufacturing partner has a great track record of managing the QA/QC process to ensure I receive high quality finished goods. I also have a great partner in Atlanta, GA who manages all of the warehousing, distribution and logistics for the products that we currently manufacture. I plan to use my local partner to help with the fulfillment of the RazorPOD once it arrives in the USA.
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Risks and challenges
With 20 years in product development, one aspect I often deal with is "risk mitigation". Being proactive and forward thinking with regards to the development process comes natural to me. As a design professional, I have daily interaction with associates that are Industrial Designers, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers. I work with Material Scientists, Chemists and Biomedical Engineers. I have years of manufacturing experience and well established relationships with dozens of factories. To date, I have built 5 working RazorPOD prototypes. I have thoroughly tested and evaluated the performance of the design and it has passed with flying colors. A few small aesthetic adjustments will be made before I launch manufacturing. The schedule and timeline that I have presented is real and is not based on assumptions. Prior to production, I will have a QA/QC management document that will ensure I receive high quality products from my manufacturing partner. I've launched a lot of products in my professional career and I know how to do it right. Sometimes things happen, but I have dealt with a lot of challenges and difficulties in in the world of new product development and I know how to manage through them. On this project, if we encounter bumps in the road, I know I have an excellent team supporting me and I'm confident we can get through anything. I have a great relationship with my supply chain team both in Asia as well as in the USA. In the hundreds of thousands of parts I produced in the past decade, we have never not delivered. Sometimes things happen that set a project back a little bit, but with good quality control, a decade of experience in launching new products and a good supply chain, risk can be managed. To be honest, I feel like the only challenge is the obtaining the funds to keep this project going...the rest is a piece of cake that I eat every day.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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My supplier has assured me that the silica beads are renewable for about 10 years. They change color after about 30 days to indicate they can no longer absorb moisture. The razorPOD will require to be plugged in about once a month (for about 8 hours) to dry out and renew them. Once renewed razorPOD is ready to dry and protect your razor for another month.
Yes, there will be a 220V/EU plug version available shortly after the 110V razorPOD goes into production. Due to the demand, we have added a a reward for this version. If you have already ordered a razorPOD (110V) and would prefer the 220V version, you will be able to indicate this on my post-funding survey after the project funds.
No, I can ship 2 RazorPODs to you for $12. If you are ordering more than 2, please add $12 addition dollars for every two units that you order. ($12 for 2 units, $24 shipping for 4 units, $36 for 6 units, etc...)
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