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£1,166
pledged of £7,500pledged of £7,500 goal
72
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Dec 31 2013

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Introducing you to ... the extremely durable carbon fibre 6-in-1 multi-purpose card - CiFer.

We want to create something that helps you perform six of the most common daily tasks yet it fits right into your wallet.

CiFer is made from carbon fibre, a material that is used in spacecrafts, Formula 1 racing cars and high-end sports equipments. The extremely affordable CiFer has high tensile strength, high chemical resistance, high temperature tolerance, low thermal expansion and is very light. 

Introducing ... CiFer.
Introducing ... CiFer.

Back CiFer
Back innovation, entrepreneurship, and imagination

CiFer is created by a group of students and designers wanting to make a positive impact in the world. To achieve this goal, they create products that facilitates people's daily life activities. Through innovation, entrepreneurship and imagination,we are getting closer to our goal and we are playing our part in bringing the world closer. 

CiFer in action:

1. Smartphone stand. 

Landscape
Landscape
Portrait
Portrait
For iPhone 5S, 5, 4S, 4 and more
For iPhone 5S, 5, 4S, 4 and more

 2. Safe bottle opener. 

Enjoy!
Enjoy!

 3. Cable management.

Tangled cord?
Tangled cord?
No more tangled cord!
No more tangled cord!

 4. Keyring.

Keychain
Keychain

 5. Heavy duty spanner.

CiFer at work.
CiFer at work.

 6. Ruler. 

Let your imagination soar.
Let your imagination soar.

Everything in one elegant product - CiFer.

SIX functions in ONE elegant design.
SIX functions in ONE elegant design.

Extremely durable. So, here is the question - WILL IT BLEND? 

In order to bring fairness to this test, we spent a good amount of £49.99 (approx. $75USD) on a quality Kenwood blender.

Get the blender ready.
Get the blender ready.

 Let's see how tough CiFer is. 

SO HERE'S THE QUESTION, WILL IT BLEND?
SO HERE'S THE QUESTION, WILL IT BLEND?

After over 10 seconds of battle, the result:

The blender is broken into bits and pieces.

BIts and pieces of the blender scattered everywhere.
BIts and pieces of the blender scattered everywhere.
Completely destroyed blender.
Completely destroyed blender.

Despite a bit wear out at the corner, CiFer is still more or less intact compared to the blender.

CiFer with his trophy.
CiFer with his trophy.

The verdict: CIFER FOR THE WIN!!!

CiFer for the win!
CiFer for the win!
 

Do everything with CiFer.

Help you do anything you want
Help you do anything you want

Repair your furniture, your bike and other things that you love. 

Bring CiFer everywhere.

Compatibility
Compatibility
Easy storage.
Easy storage.

It is this light. 

Thanks to the extremely durable yet ultra light material - carbon fibre, CiFer only weights as much as a two pounds coins or two credit cards (11-12 gram). 

It is this light.
It is this light.

CiFer works with most right-angle-edged smartphones.

It works with most 90-degree-angle-edged smartphones.
It works with most 90-degree-angle-edged smartphones.

Share the fun and joy with your loved ones.

Enjoy every single moment with your loved ones.
Enjoy every single moment with your loved ones.

Never miss any happy moment with your family.

Never miss any fun in family gathering.
Never miss any fun in family gathering.

 Perfect for outdoor. 

Your unique travel companion.
Your unique travel companion.

Premium material - no cutting corners.

CiFer will be made by only carbon fibre right here in England. There WILL NOT be any kind of fibreglass, eGlass, perfomanceGlass (or however other suppliers call it) backing layer. 

We will use a top layer of 2/2 Twill wave 200gr/sqm carbon fibre which is 0.27mm thick followed by 3 layers of 2/2 Twill wave 650gr/sqm carbon with a thickness of 0.6mm. This gives a final thickness of 2.07mm and the best possible strength. The thin (0.27mm) carbon fibre fabric gives you the perfect looking finish and the addition layer of thin carbon provides a lot of support (reinforcement).

0.27mm 2/2 twill wave 200gr/sqm carbon fibre.
0.27mm 2/2 twill wave 200gr/sqm carbon fibre.
0.6mm 2/2 twill wave 650gr/sqm carbon fibre.
0.6mm 2/2 twill wave 650gr/sqm carbon fibre.

The carbon fibre sheets, that CiFer use, are made by Resin Infusion process, ensuring the right resin/fabric ratio for outstanding bubble free look and great structural performance. After the curing period every single part is hand finished, ensuring the best possible quality. 

We have decided to make CiFer even more special by enabling two different finishings. On the front side side, CiFer has glossy shinny finish. This provides you with the elegant look. On the back side, CiFer has the original carbon fibre finish. This gives you a real touch of the carbon fibre that we believe you will love. 

Designed in London.

The evolution of CiFer.
The evolution of CiFer.
We have come this far to bring CiFer to you.
We have come this far to bring CiFer to you.

Sourced in England. 

We source our carbon fibre locally. CiFer will be manufactured in York - a small historical town in England. We love keeping as many things local as we can because we believe that business is about doing good to other people, in your communities as well as around the world. Keeping the everything local will allow us to provide English-standard craftsmanship and easier quality control. 

Made in England. 

CiFer prototypes are not made in England. However, we have already found a local manufacturer to produce CiFer rewards right here in England. 

We will make a thank you video in front of the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye to show our gratitude to you all amazing backers. 

The beautiful River Thames.
The beautiful River Thames.

CiFer timeline.

Mid May - Early June 2013: Idea consolidation

Early June - Mid Aug 2013: CAD models building, early prototyping

Mid Aug - Mid Oct 2013: Prototype refining

Mid Oct - Early Nov 2013: Preparation for Kickstarter project

Mid Nov - Late Dec 2013: Kickstarter project 

Late Dec 2013 - Late Jan 2014: Raw material sourcing 

Late Jan 2014 - Mid Feb 2014: Manufacturing

Mid Feb - Late Feb 2014: Quality control and reward fulfilment

The dream team.

Designers:

Product designer - Maximilian Huber, Jonathan Lai, Yiu Yin Yau

Product presenters:

Jon Day, Sarah Arti, John Lumley, Victor Pitisongswat, William Pitisongswat and Ming Pitisongswat

Director: 

Dr. Derek Fung

Post-production:

Photos editing - Yiu Yin Yau

Videos editing - Sega Quang

Special thanks to:

Pitisongswats and Reevoo for providing photo and video shooting venue.

Kicking It Forward 

Risks and challenges

There are always risks and challenges in this type of project because it's never been made before. We made plenty of mistakes on our last project but we have learnt a lot from our last project and are more experienced now. There will always be potential delays and unforeseen difficulties that come up with a new product.

1. Cost:
A major challenge is to keep the cost down. CiFer is made from carbon fibre which requires high level of precision and care at each step. The prototyping gave us a very thorough understanding of the places we need to have streamline the process and produce the case at our target cost.

2. Time constraint:
Another challenge is that we need to juggle everything because we are all full time students/workers. However, because we truly love what we do, that's why we work so hard to bring CiFer to you. We will try our best to meet the expected delivery date.

3. Design and manufacture:
We all love CiFer, and I hope you do too. We put in quite a substantial amount of resources to refine the prototypes. However, it is another story when it comes to mass production. There may be small adjustments and changes to be made to accommodate the machine. We will try to keep this to minimal or, even better, zero.

4. Customs:
Customs in different countries may cause delay. We do not expect to see it, but there is a possibility.

Taking into account the risks and challenges, we will be giving our best effort to try to exceed expectations and deliver your high quality CiFer in a timely manner.

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    REWARD #2 SUPER EARLY AWESOME KICKSTARTERS You are the hero! FULFILMENT OF YOUR REWARD WILL BE PRIORITISED. One CiFer for your iPhone! Don't miss the opportunity to save £10 from the RRP/MSRP (CiFer will be retailed for £25). UK Shipping included. Please add £5 for international shipping.

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    REWARD #3 AWESOME KICKSTARTERS
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    You are the legend! YOUR ORDER WILL BE SHIPPED THE EARLIEST. One CiFer for your iPhone!
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