Funded! This project was successfully funded on February 25, 2012.

Update #11

Shipping is Underway!

Kickstarters,

The first 500 pieces hit the post office yesterday, and I expect to drop about 500 more each day, so you all should have your winders soon. A few notes about shipping:

- We aren't shipping in any particular order, though we did start with the easy ones to get warmed-up.

-All packages are shipping via United States Postal Service, so I won't be able to send tracking numbers.

-Once you receive your Winders, go to recoilwinders.com and watch the User Tips Video. That will show you exactly how to use your winder.

Thanks everyone, we are almost to the finish line!!!

David

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Update #10

YES!

The news we have all been waiting for, Recoil Winders are built, packaged and almost ready to ship!

I have spent the last week at our factory overseeing production, and I am really happy to announce that shipping will start on the 19th of May, as soon as we receive them in our warehouse in Utah.

It has been a long road since this project was conceived, and it is hard to describe the excitement of walking through the factory and seeing tens of thousands of winders come off of the assembly line. So many things had to come together for this to become a reality, and I can’t wait to start shipping them out.

ATTENTION to a few things:

1) We still have lots of international backers who have not paid their international shipping…If this is you then PLEASE get this done! We can’t ship to you if you haven’t done this. You can make your payment by paypal, just do a search for david@recoilmfg.com

2) The deadline for address changes is Sunday, May 13, so if you have moved and have not yet notified us please send us your new address now.

3). Regarding colors... I never anticipated the passionate opinions that have filled my email about the colors of the Winders. There was generally poor reaction to the metallic colors, and hundreds of requests for White Winders and Black Winders. So, here is the best compromise I could deliver: all small, medium and large winders will be white with color accents ( red (large), blue (medium) and green (small). Then the BONUS winder that is being sent as an appreciation for your patience and support will be black with white accents. Over the next few months we will be introducing multiple new color choices, including a really cool clear version. Keep a watch on recoilwinders.com to see new colors as they are released.

Below are five  pictures from the assembly line.

Thank you all for backing the project, and for your patience while we brought this to life. Watch for more updates, and watch your mailbox….they are coming!

Best to each of you, and get ready to begin your TANGLE-FREE LIFE!

David

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Update #9 - For backers only

Production and Shipping Update

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Update #8

WIRED Magazine and Mercedes Benz Select Recoil!!

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Kickstarters,

Recoil Winders have been selected by WIRED and Mercedes Benz as one of the finalists in their FUELING INNOVATION contest. Along with 11 other really cool companies, we have been chosen as one of the companies that is "Innovating The Future", and while we are honored to have even been chosen, we really want to win this thing!

So please check out the link, vote for Recoil, and then share the link with everyone you know! Tweet it, Share it, Like it....and lets keep the Kickstarter momentum going!

http://www.wired.com/cs/promo/mercedes-benz/

Thanks to everyone for all of your support, this project truly could not happen without each of you.

David 


Update #7

(2nd Attempt) The Product Comes To Life!

Note: On my first attempt at this update some people could not view the pics, if this continues with Attempt #2, please view this Update on our Kickstarter Home Page http://kck.st/xZHQRk

In this age of instant communication and  global media, the world starts to feel like a very small place. That all changes when you get on a 14.5 hour flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong, that is a very long flight.  Gladly the long flight passed quickly knowing that I would soon be seeing the product that I have been working on for so long finally being manufactured.

Upon arrival at the factory, we started with a quick tour. The process all starts in the mold shop, which is where blocks of steel are transformed into the molds that plastic is injected into.


Here is a picture of one of our molds that has been opened to show one half of the cavity, the round green areas are four separate parts and are the areas where the plastic inject into.


Here is a picture of the entire mold put together, this is what is inserted into the injection machine in order to create plastic parts. 


Plastic in its raw form comes as clear pellets,


in order to create color, colorant powder is added to the pellets just prior to melting. Here is a picture of the colorant being measured out to create the gold for our Medium Winder.


Once the colorant is mixed with the pellets, the mixture is melted in the injection machine, and then injected into the mold. This is when the anticipation rises, knowing I am about to see the winders actually in production.


Here you can see the shells for the Medium Winder coming out of the mold in sets of 4, every 7.5 seconds, the door slides open and another set of four roll out.

Of course nothing is exactly right the first time, so it took some adjustments to the color to zero in on the gold that we are looking for. Here we make adjustments to the colorant to get it just right.


Once the parts were injected,  we spent some time assembling the several pieces and assessing the fit and function of the first shots. Here I work with the Production Engineers to figure out how things fit.


As expected, some changes are necessary, so we make small adjustments to the parts.


The next step is bonding the assembly together, here is the sonic welding machine that is used to permanently weld everything together.


The first handful of production Recoil Winders!


The next step was to look at the first draft of the packaging,


So, all-in-all it was a very successful trip. All three sizes looking and working pretty well. But a natural part of the process is that there are several changes that need to be made to the molds before everything fits and functions just as it should, so now I return to the states and wait a few weeks for the changes to be made. At that point I will be traveling back to the factory to approve the final changes and to help the Assembly Engineers work out the assembly and packaging procedures. China is a fascinating place, with surprises around every corner. The funny part is having no idea what most of it actually is. Here was one of the surprises as I headed out to dinner last night…..

 


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