My purpose for profiling my invention, "The Mobile Clothesline" on kickstarter is to raise funding to have a fully functioning prototype created that performs all the features that I outlined in my patent application. I want a prototype that looks as close to what I would sell as possible. I need funding to bring my design features to life. Also, I need to have the CAD file created and to find out the cost of manufacturing. I have proven with the working prototype I currently have that the basic and important design feature works. I proved that I could stack my clothesline with a full load of garments and it would not collapse in on itself. My ultimate goal is to have my clothesline manufactured. I attended an invention Trade Show with my first prototype and receive very positive buzz and feedback from distributors and the general public. I want to take my newly designed prototype to trade shows and display it for distributors and manufactures. I want to see the public interest in my idea again. The big question is what does my clothesline have that make it marketable.
- Many clotheslines capable of air drying a full load after washing are fixed in one location this requires a location dedicated to the installation of the clothesline. The mobile clothesline is not fixed to one location. The mobile clothesline can be setup anywhere and moved to follow the direction of the sun
- Often, the installation of clotheslines may be forbidden by restrictive covenants in some neighborhoods ,preventing families from the benefits of air drying their clothes. The mobile clothesline is ideal for restrictive communities because it's easy to setup and easily stores away when not in use.
- Many families entertain in their yard during the spring, summer, and early fall months and would prefer not to have the permanent clothesline in their yard. this is perfect for them.
- Also, these conventional clotheslines once installed cannot be used in any other location, this may be particularly inconvenient for families with smaller yards without the space to dedicate to a clothesline.
- The Mobile Clothesline can also be perfect by the pool, or families traveling by RV, or camping.
- I routinely visit the Premiere On Line Source for information about people all over the world that are dedicated to air drying garments using a clothes line, laundrylist.org. I read the blog post and believe that the mobile clothesline meets the needs of many if not all the bloggers on this site.
Below is a description of the Clothesline that hopefully with your help will be funded.
- The mobile clothesline consist of 2 base units that could either be water or sand field. The base will have wheels attached making the unit capable of easily being moved to any location. This is what makes my clothesline unique from others currently on the market. I'm looking forward to working with design engineers to create my next prototype. I was able to fill my current prototype with garments, including a king sized comforter without water or sand and it did not collapse in on itself. You should have seen the smile on my face proving that.
- Attaching to the base(s) will be two post. The post should connect to the base securely without the need of a tool to do so. The top half of the post(s) is designed to telescope down into the bottom half. when the top half is raised and locked into position, both post has four arms that are flush against the post in the down position but swing out and lock into place. The top two arms are designed to be longer than the bottom two arms. The four arms on post one have a 10 feet retractable clothesline built in. the 4 lines extend up to 10 feet each but could me reel out to fit your desired length. The line when extended connects and attaches to post number two. Post two does not have a line instead the arms are designed to allow the line coming from post one to attach securely to post two. Post number one has a locking mechanism that prevents the line from retracting when extended out.
My blue prints filed with the US Patent Office.
Below is a photo image of the first prototype before I made design changes. As you can see there were 3 retractable lines that came out of the post. The lines were 15 feet long. The problem with this first design was that all the weight was down the center of the line and as a result the clothesline would collapse in on itself. I had to anchor it down to keep it upright. The most critical comment I received about this design was that the clothes lay on top of each other, there was no separation with the lines. I agreed with the critics and knew a better design was necessary.
As I mentioned above, I have included images of the blueprints of my current design. Below I have included the image of the modified clothesline. What makes this design work, is the 4 arms included in the design. Each arm has a 10 foot retractable clothesline. The concept is the retractable lines is included in the 4 arms that swing out and lock into place. This design is so much better. This is the design I want to develop and manufacture. In the image below there is no water or sand in the base and the clothesline still stands. The clothesline is capable of handling a full load of wet towels, sweat pants, jeans and large comforters or sheets.
If I am fortunate enough to receive funding, I can begin the development phase. After listening to proposals from a few engineers I decided on a company that outlined 4 phases of project development.
Phase 1 - Product analysis (2 to 3 weeks)
- Project Planning
- Product & User expectation evaluation.
- Product cost and sale price target
- Environment and usage analysis
- Product analysis
- Product constraint analysis
- Internal and client review
Phase 2 - Concept Design - 3 weeks
This phase will commence the design process and 2 to 3 concepts will be prepared for my review. steps include:
- Concept sketches/development
- Engineering Data Collection
- 3D CAD concept.
- Concept page rendering
- Prototype vendor communication
- Internal concept review and client review
Phases 3 and 4 begins prototype preliminary engineering to engineering finalization.
- These 2 phases begins the process of engineering the prototype working off the design concept decided upon in phase 2. The final 2 phases could take up to 3 months to complete.
Here is the logo I have for the Mobile Clothesline. This logo will be on the T-shirts, Hats and Coffee Mugs That all my generous Backers will receive This logo is trademarked:
This piece of paper makes everything worth fighting for:
Risks and challenges
When I started working on my clothesline 7 years ago I was faced with the worst obstacle, my patent application was denied and I did not receive a patent. It was discouraging but I never thought about walking away from my idea. Instead, I took some time and thought of a better design with the same concept in mind, a mobile clothesline. On November 5, 2013 I was granted my patent. My biggest challenge is finding funding to have molds made and my product manufactured. For every obstacle I have faced an opportunity has presented itself to give me confidence to continue. When I'm funded on kickstarter this will be the spark that ignites the fuel to keep me going until I achieve my goal of seeing mobile clotheslines in back yards across this country and abroad.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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