The Therma Story
I have lost count of how many times I have got myself a nice hot drink, only to be distracted and then suffer the emotional trauma of it being lukewarm upon my return. Also if you have a nice drink why drink it from a crappy plastic cup?
I searched around for ceramic insulated cups and found they were either too small in volume like a thimble, or too large like a bucket.
After testing a few ceramic insulated cups I realized they tend to lose quite a lot of heat through the sides.
With these problems in mind I set about designing...
After about six months of researching, experimenting, drawing and prototyping, then going back to the drawing board and repeating, I have finally produced a design that meets my needs.
Therma Design Attributes:
- Keeps a hot drink warm for up to an hour.
- Holds a sensible volume of 8oz/230ml. (the same size as a latte from my favorite coffee shop)
- Stays warm on the inside yet cool to the touch.
- Fits comfortably in your hand.
- Made in Stoke on Trent, UK from fine bone china.
The unique octagonal design not only looks cool but offers a greater volume over a round design and helps to reduce the heat loss through the sides. The Therma also comes with a silicone lid to help retain the heat.
This dapper chap is enjoying a cup of herbal tea (hotter than the sun) and has not burnt his hand. *No hand models were hurt in the making of this photograph*
I have put a lot of time, energy, and resources developing this design from concept through to manufacture. The tooling has been made and the factory is ready to produce, this project is live now!
The cups in the photographs are the first off the production line, which I picked up last week.
Funds My Target of £2000 is the minimum I need to pay for the first production batch of ceramics, lids, packaging, and Kickstarter fees.
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Risks and challenges
I have gone through the process of manufacturing before and have learnt quite a few lessons the hard way. Manufacturing is not for the faint hearted…
Design for Manufacturing: For this project I have worked very closely with the mold maker and the factory in the design process. Ceramics is not an exact science; there is a fair amount of knowledge, craft skills, trade secrets and magic which go into getting the mold and manufacturing process right. I have already gone through the process of reworking and tweaking, now my product is ready for production, eliminating the risk to the backer.
Usability: I have been using the production samples at home (and on the photo shoot) and I am very happy with the finished result.
Manufacturing Capacity: It is an incredibly busy time of the year for the ceramics industry, so I have ordered a relatively small production batch for the Kickstarter. The batch is due mid November, they are being produced now. I plan to deliver these in December in time for Christmas. I have also ordered more than I need to for the limited number of rewards. The factory is also only 2hrs away so if there is a problem it can be sorted fairly quickly.
Lids: This is an off the shelf product and I have found a supplier and I am happy with the quality of the product.
Packaging: I shall be using a off the shelf postal boxes and bubble wrap.
I believe that my target of a December delivery is realistic as I have reduced the risks. However if things go wrong, I will be open about it and do my best to keep you informed and turn the situation around.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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