We are Mitch and Julie. We used to make stuff together. Then we had a kid.
Julie left the woodshop and started weaving. Julie needed tools.
Luckily together we have over 25 years of experience in woodworking, fabrication and design.
In 2013 we began development of the Warping Square, a weaving tool that makes warping sectional looms easier. We started selling the Warping Square in 2014.
Now we've developed an electric ball winder.
After not being satisfied with the available designs on the market we began development of our ballwinder in 2016.
Our criteria for the ball winder included: robust design, an automatic shutoff for tangles, easy to use (not finicky), variable speed, interchangeable heads, 12 volt - universal power supply, and an affordable price point without compromising quality.
Being fabricators ourselves we value both form and function in the tools we use. Mitch's motto is "If you haven't found an elegant solution you need to keep looking." With this prototype we've stopped looking.
TUG will wind whatever you've got - thick yarn, thin yarn, off of a swift, balls or cones, and do it without complaint.
- automatic shutoff for tangles
- vibration dampening
- variable speed
- soft start
- interchangeable heads (we are currently developing cone winder and pirn winder heads)
- sturdy clamping system for up to a 2" surface
- adjustable yarn tensioning device
- gear driven
- yarn clip
- universal power source
Now that we have the design perfected it's time to make it and we need your help!
Prior to TUG we have made everything in house. But TUG needed a special circuit board, so we had Adam Davis, a local electrical engineer, develop one. Circuit board production is estimated at 8 weeks. The rest of the parts will be fabricated by us. Once parts are completed it will take another 3 weeks to assemble and ship.
Kickstarter Ends: End of August
Parts manufacturing: 8 weeks
Assembly: 3 weeks
Packaging and Shipping: 2 weeks
Estimated delivery: First week of December 2017
Budget (for a production run of 50)
Circuit Board - $5000
Other Parts & Supplies - $4000
Fabrication & Assembly - $3775
Instruction Manual - $750
Fees - $1475
Risks and challenges
We generally make everything in house and have a good idea of how long it takes. Risk comes when introducing outside sources - for this project it is outsourcing the circuit board. The company we are dealing with has given us a timeframe of 4-6 weeks, and we've created a 2 week buffer zone.
Other risks include too many initial orders for our first production run of 50. We've anticipated this by capping the number of rewards. If there is still demand we will create another reward with a spring delivery date.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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