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$2,140
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18
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, November 28 2014 10:35 PM UTC +00:00
$2,140
pledged of $150,000pledged of $150,000 goal
18
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, November 28 2014 10:35 PM UTC +00:00

About

Leo is a modern cat scratching post constructed of a wood scratching column with a polished 11” diameter aluminum base. The smooth and sculptural form is timeless. It is designed to fit into a modern residential space and be complimentary to the home environment when not in use. The wood grain is pliable enough for a cat’s claw-sharpening activities but sturdy enough to keep it’s overall shape. The contrasting pattern and direction of the grain help to disguise kitty’s claw marks allowing for years of use.

One of the big learnings from our first prototype (shown in the video and images) was that the design needed a flat, stabilized base. The flat area on the base will have a minimal impact on the aesthetic value (shown in the 2D drawing), but a huge impact on the functional value. The stabilized base provides a solid foundation when a cat does it’s scratching and the simple two-piece construction allows for a fresh wooden column to be attached to the base or for easy recycling of both components.

The Leo scratching post's construction allows us to make this product simply and with basic, non-digital manufacturing tools. The wooden column is built from 5/8" thick pieces of wood that are laminated together. The block of laminated wood is then lathed into shape. The wooden column is bolted to the cast aluminum base with a 1/4" - 20 hex head cap screw 1-1/2" in length.

Risks and challenges

One of our remaining challenges (along with funding) is finding the right manufacturing vendors to produce our parts to the standards of quality that we and our customers expect. This is just a matter of lot's of leg work to find and qualify vendors. This takes time, persistence, and negotiation and is the reason that it will take us at least 8 -12 months to get this product into production. However, we have experience working with and negotiating with manufacturing vendors. Our clients are in the U.S. and Asia, so we know the lay of the land and how these vendors work. And they work very slowly until the product is in production and they've been paid.

We also have decades of experience in product development helping our clients be successful, so we know what the hurdles are and how to jump over them. Our biggest challenge is receiving enough funding to be able to bring this product to market. It requires a serious outlay of cash to make it happen! That's why we are turning to Kickstarter. We've got everything else covered. We just need your support!

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    Lovely and fun Leo t-shirt. Show your love and good taste for modern design.

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    Awesome Leo inspired trucker hat. To maintain your 'do.

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    Get your cat scratching post first!

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    First edition Leo Scratching Post with Zebrawood.

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