My name is Tom and I’m 25 years old and since my early teens I've been obsessed with design and making things but like most people life got in the way and I had to work in a field that wasn't my passion to pay the bills, This however has not stopped me from pursuing what I love and I’ve worked tirelessly for the past 3 years to develop my skills to enable me to work and live my passion.
Over the past few years I've developed not just my skills but my own small manufacturing facility, I own all of the equipment necessary to make my designs a reality without having to pay designers and manufacturers to prototype things for me, This means that I can iterate my designs very quickly and refine them to perfection, This also means that I have full control of the production and can ensure that things are done quickly and to the best possible quality.
Why do i need Kickstarter?
I need your support to create the Tooling and Fixtures necessary to start a large production run of the wallets, At the moment I have to make the parts for each wallet one at a time which is costly and very time consuming, I certainly cannot produce them at volume with my current setup.
The money raised on kickstarter will go directly into making the necessary fixtures and acquiring the tooling that is required to mass produce the parts, The money will also be used to buy the necessary materials in bulk which will help to drive down the costs. Once the project reaches its goal and is funded I can get to work, I estimate that I can start full scale production of the Fusion wallet just 2-3 weeks after funding, This will give me time to get the new fixtures and equipment in to place and a production routine established.
What's on Offer
Whats the plan?
The wallet is made up from 12 separate components all of which require a different machining strategy, Some of these components are more complex or of a larger size limiting the volume that can be produced in each run, Some parts however such as the clasp components are smaller and less complex meaning that a larger volume of these can be produced in a relatively short period of time.
Taking into account that some components of the wallet will require more time than others to complete, The best strategy will be to do the machining in batches and given the amount of different components that make up the wallet a reasonable batch size of 30 wallets will be produced, Finish and then assembled. Producing them in batches means that I will be able to maintain a constant high standard.
Once the production is under way i will be able to produce each batch in around a 4 day period, 2 days will be spent machining the necessary parts and then 2 days of assembly will take place, Following this pattern will enable me to deliver on the project in just under two months, Wallets will be sent out in the order people pledge so if you get in early you may receive your wallet just a few weeks after the project funds.
If the project is a runway success and all the rewards are completely sold out then the the amount produced in each batch will have to be increased, This can be done while maintaining a high level of quality, This may however increase the time it takes to develop the machining fixtures at the start of the project.
How is it made?
Each wallet is made from two aluminum plates that are held together with a hard wearing rubber hinge and then wrapped in a beautiful hardwood covering of your choice.
Once the metal parts come off the CNC Mill they are hand finished with steel wool to give them a great brushed effect, All of the hardwood coverings are also CNC Machined and are hand sanded to a smooth finish and then treated with several coats of pure tung oil to bring out the grain and ensure its durability over time. All the components of the wallet are first glued into place and allowed to dry, Then the screws are inserted and tightened down to make the wallet as strong possible.
The design and construction of the Fusion Wallet has been perfected over time to be as strong and durable as possible, I've tried out a bewildering array of different materials for each part of the wallet before settling on what you see here, I can assure you that each part of the wallet has been stress tested to destruction over and over until it proves its durability and earns its place as part of the construction.
What can it Carry,
The Fusion Wallet can carry a minimum of 1 Card and 1 Note and a maximum of 8 Cards and 5 Notes
The wallet is compatible with all standard plastic card.
The wallet is compatible with all UK, US and Euro Banking notes.
The wallet can also carry business cards, A minimum of 1 and a maximum of 35.
The wallet offers fantastic RFID protection, In all of the testing I've carried out the two aluminium plates completely block out any kind of connection. The wallets RFID protection is only functional as long it is securely closed with the clasp and the two aluminium plates are pressed firmly against your cards.
This means that if you make regular use of an RFID enabled card/device then all you have to do to use it is just flip open your wallet and you have full access to the RFID functionality, No need to go searching around for the right card.
Glued and screwed together
Ultra thin, Each side of the wallet is just 3mm thick
Raised Screw caps to protect the wood from surface scratches when placed on flat surfaces.
High quality materials
Fully 3D designed for best possible machining results
CNC Machined to tolerances of 0.01mm
All of the parts are machined, Hand finished and assembled in the UK
(Click on the images for super hi-res versions)
Risks and challenges
The risks with the project are minimal, I have the capabilities to produce the wallet just in a very limited quantity, If I reach the funding goal it will enable me to create the fixtures and obtain the tooling required to start to mass produce the parts that make up the the Fusion Wallet. In a few short weeks after the project is funded I will be able to start to mass produce the wallets and get them sent out to backers, Wallets will be sent out on a first come first served basis so if you back the project after it has funded then the amount of time you will have to wait to receive your wallet will increase because all of the original backers will get their reward first.
The biggest challenge i might face is if the project is a runway success and i get more pledges than i can reasonably produce in a timely manner, With this issue in mind I've put limits on each wallet variation to ensure i don't take pledges that i can't forfill and let people down.
After watching Kickstarter projects for sometime now i can see the need for constant communication with the projects backers, This is great for me as i love to talk about the process and what i do. I will post at minimum weekly updates and as production gets into full swing i will be posting more frequent updates with pictures and detailed information about what exactly is being accomplished day to day.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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