About this project
"...the SockLock sock storage device is sure to become your new best friend"
"An invention that will knock your socks off"
Hanging wet socks really socks!
I am a runner who goes through a lot of athletic socks, and I also have a family including two toddlers. I spend a lot of time hanging up socks to dry and then taking them down again.
I hang up socks in the locker room at the practice track, socks over the shower bar in hotel rooms, and socks in the backyard sunshine to save money on electricity. Sometimes, I find my socks in a damp, crumpled pile the next day. Other times, my socks hanging outdoors fall victim to a sudden rain shower. Even when I do a real "Usain Bolt" and sprint to get the socks, it takes such a long time to remove them one by one from the clothesline that both I and the socks end up soaking wet.
Something had to be done! I needed something easier and faster to use. That something is:
Like lighting from a summer sky, the solution struck me. Why not make a simple product that makes it really easy to hang up socks? After a few iterations and discussions with friends, the SockLock concept was a reality!
I designed SockLock with a capacity of 12 socks, or 6 pairs. If you have more socks, just use more SockLocks.
SockLock fits on most types of drying racks, clotheslines, gym locker bars and hotel-room shower bars. Whether it's a tube or a wire system, you can just click SockLock on. It's also easy to remove again.
I then asked an engineer friend of mine to sketch out the idea in 3D software and had a company do a 3D-printed prototype for me. This is the prototype you see in the photos and video. This type of SLS-model is quite coarse and brittle. The real product will be smooth and tough.
The real SockLock will be made in polypropylene which is a tough yet flexible material. We would like to use a "eco bio polymer" of some sort. There are different options, and we're testing and investigating this.
And the socks? Well, they can be hung up in a split second - and removed even faster. Let it rain!
The rewards consist mainly of 2-packs of the product. Yes, you get 2 SockLocks! That's enough to hang 24 individual socks (or 12 pair of socks)! That's a lot of socks and a lot of time saved!
Do you want more than one 2-pack? Then just add an extra $5 to your pledge for each extra 2-pack you want! No extra shipping costs for you!
Do you want a signed photo of me as a sock-hanging SockLock hero? No problem! I'll be happy to send one your way.
Where do we ship SockLocks?
We ship worldwide, including to Europe, except Germany!
The reason for not shipping to Germany is that there seem to be an old German design patent showing a similar idea. The design patent runs out in a year but we don't want to infringe any rights of others. So: We ship to all countries in Europe except Germany! Shipping costs are included!
How will we make SockLock a reality?
I am currently living in Curitiba in Brazil. We will, however, manufacture the product in China and distribute it to our backers via friends in the US, Europe and New Zealand. We will ship directly to backers in South America and the rest of the world. My friends will help me with the process. If other people like SockLock as much as I do, it will also be a great little product to sell on the Internet.
How will we spend the money?
I need to invest in tooling to make the injection-molded part. This is by far the biggest investment we need to make SockLock into a real product and put it on the fast track. For a small product like this, the cost of shipping it is also quite a significant part of the cost.
Risks and challenges
We have designed the SockLock so that it is easy to manufacture, and we have already talked to a factory in China, which has made a formal quote. They are not the cheapest, but they are really skilled. They can do the mold, manufacture the product and pack the SockLocks for us. My friends and I have a lot of experience in tackling unexpected issues associated with the production of plastic parts. We will keep our backers well informed about our progress.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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