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CA$ 3,712
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92
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, May 15 2014 9:00 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated May 15, 2014

Magnetic Center of Gravity (COG) - Super Strong Magnet.

The strongest, most versatile magnet available. Clip. Magnet. Hook. For your fridge, whiteboard, locker, and much more!

Magnetic Center of Gravity (COG) - Super Strong Magnet.

The strongest, most versatile magnet available. Clip. Magnet. Hook. For your fridge, whiteboard, locker, and much more!

CA$ 3,712
pledged of CA$ 8,500pledged of CA$ 8,500 goal
92
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, May 15 2014 9:00 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated May 15, 2014

About

Design: Strong and Elegant

We set out to design a magnet that could replace all the other magnets in your home. We wanted it to do more, and do it better. We didn't want it to hold up just 1 paper, a phone number, or a business card. 

After several months of designing, prototyping, and testing, we've created something we love. We think you’ll love it too.

The Design Team

I (Andrew) came up with the idea of the Center of Gravity (COG) after realizing what I wanted didn't exist (specifically, a multi-purpose high powered consumer magnet). I had an idea, but not necessarily the skills to bring it to fruition. 

Therefore, I teamed up with The Federal, a proven design firm who has already shown success in both real world products and Kickstarter backed projects (see "The Peg"). 

The Federal Inc.  is a product design consultancy based out of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Ian Murchison and Rohan Thakar are both Industrial Design graduates from Carleton University's School of Industrial Design in Ottawa, Canada.

Together we designed an amazingly functional product unlike anything seen on the market today.

 COG Supports a lateral weight of > 20lbs.

 The COG can pin more then 50 sheets of paper (+ backing) on a fridge! These papers can also be clipped on. 

Colour Options

White / Black / Silver Powder Coated

A sleek, fun, and functional all purpose magnet, made out of high-quality, heat treated steel. We then powder coat this in either a black, white or silver coating – your choice! 

Exclusive Kickstarter Green Powder Coated

Exclusive to this campaign we are offering a unique colour option for COG. Kickstarter green at no additional cost.

COG Features

  • Neodymium (Rare-Earth) Magnets enables secure mounting to any magnetic surface;
  • Keyhole allows for mounting on non-magnetic surfaces;
  • Spring Steel Clip can hold 50 pieces of paper;
  • Magnetic Cavity (“Shelf/Cubby”) creates a highly magnetic surface to hold smaller items (keys, paperclips, etc.);
  • Large Hole at top delivers a pocket for pencils, pens, etc.;
  • Large hook at bottom supports weights of up to 20 lbs. (dependent on surface finish)
  • Media device resting area. Located on the top of the product you can easily rest your iPhone, Android device, iPad mini, etc. 

Components and Manufacturing

Magnets (and the magnetic "cup")

We use only the best nickel (Ni-Cu-Ni) coated neodymium “rare-earth” magnets. For those so inclined, our magnets are graded N42, with a normal/direct pull force of ~ 30 lbs. each!  These are the strongest magnets offered on KickStarter today. And we use two of them in each assembly.

We also house them in a metal pocket, which acts as a magnetic cup, and directs the force of the magnets directly to where it's needed! These are truly well thought out, well engineered magnets!

Metal Housing

For the magnetic assembly, we only use the highest quality steel available. The metal is put through a drawing process which forms the pocket required for the magnet and trims it to the proper product shape. The metal is then finished with a durable powder coating.

Clip Insert

The spring clip follows the same process as the metal, its is bent in to shape, powder coated and assembled on to the metal housing.

Rubber Pads

We use very thin, very sticky 3M rubber backing pads. These play a crucial role in increasing the “friction coefficient” between the magnet, and the metal surface. This inhibits the COG from "sliding" off/down a surface, as well as preventing any scratches.

Specifications and Dimensions

Multiple Uses!

We let a select few "test-drive" our Magnet - and what they came up with was truly inspiring!

  • Fridge
  • White Boards
  • Door(s)
  • Filing Cabinets
  • Office Coat Rack
  • Tool Rooms/Tool Benches
  • Ladders (hang up a paint can, etc)
  • Industrial Machinery
  • Car Maintenance
  • Bathroom Stalls
  • Metal Studs (within walls)
  • Locker Rooms & Gym Equipment
  • Much more!

COG in Action

The Rewards!

 
 

Manufacturing / Project Timeline

During prototyping, we sourced all the suppliers we will be using to fulfill the requirements of this project. This includes sourcing the rubber pads, steel, and most importantly the high-powered neodymium magnets. The firm we used to build the prototype will be the same firm used to fulfill all rewards. In fact, it's the same firm that our partners at The Federal used to fulfill the rewards for the PEG - on time!

All products will be sourced from China for both manufacturing and price reasons. China produces the vast majority of high-powered rare-earth magnets (>80%), and having the COG manufactured in China is both cost-effective and practical.   

Once the campaign ends, and the funds are processed, we will need approximately 90 days to build the molds,  run a few tests, and we'll be ready for product manufacturing/fulfillment. Assembly of all components (magnets, pads, and steel) will take another 30 days, and we should be ready to ship!

Project Timeline

Where do pledges go?

All the money generated via this KickStarter will go directly into the project. Specifically, most of the budget has been put aside for tooling and machining costs, costs of sampling/additional testing (where required), magnetic inspections/declarations, and the servicing of the rewards. We have to meet some minimum order quantities in order to be able to offer the product at such a low cost.

What are the Estimated Shipping Costs?

Shipping costs will be collected after the campaign ends. You will receive a unique reward code, and you will be prompted to choose the shipping option that works best for you. 

The below rates reflect the estimated shipping costs via Canada Post for standard shipping. As an FYI, each one of our magnets weighs around 300 grams! (> 1/2 lb!).

Risks and challenges

Prototypes have been developed and subsequently tested, so we are confident we have a working formula. We have also sourced suppliers for all key components (including the magnets!). These are suppliers that we have used on other projects in the past and are confident on their abilities.

The key-risk remains producing all the required components in a timely-fashion.. We are confident that, in the end, we will be able to deliver the product on time (especially because these will all be assembled in-house).

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Two (2) Magnetic COG's of your choice (blasted steel, white, black or exclusive KickStarter Green). Shipping Not Included (please see details below).

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