Cuando un proyecto tiene un producto final tangible, es necesario mostrar a los patrocinadores la documentación propia de un prototipo, que es un modelo preliminar del producto final. En esta galería el creador muestra fotos y videos proporcionando al patrocinador una idea del estado del proyecto, qué se ha conseguido y qué falta por conseguir. Aunque el proceso es diferente para cada proyecto, en general se ven las siguientes fases:
Prueba de concepto
Exploraciones que comprueban la idea y su funcionalidad.
Demuestra la funcionalidad del producto final, pero su apariencia es distinta.
Prototipo de apariencia
La apariencia del prototipo es igual a la del producto final, pero no tiene funcionalidad.
Prototipo de diseño
Es igual al producto final en apariencia y función, sin embargo, está manufacturado de manera diferente.
Prototipo de producción
Apariencia, funcionalidad y método de manufactura son iguales en prototipo y producto final.
Conventional arm slings in the market are designed with a short-term, temporary goal. The arm is not firmly secured and the straps need constant intervention. PLEXFIT was designed so the user can manage their injury and yet maintain an active lifestyle.
PLEXFIT was born out of necessity. Co-Founder Anthony suffered a motorbike accident and lost his right arm to paralysis. Unsatisfied with conventional and specialised arm slings in the market, he invented the core design and first prototype for PLEXFIT. Having used it himself successfully for several years, our company was formed to commercialise his design and bring it to the world to help others.
Avalanche has invented PLEXFIT - Athletic: A next generation athletic Arm Sling with complete immobilisation of the arm. Built with high tech, breathable fabric, this novel design is lightweight and provides adequate support for injured arms to allow you to maintain an active lifestyle.
PLEXFIT makes use of light-weight breathable material ideal for prolonged use.
Unique Magnetic clips slide in and clip firmly into place.
Front Magnetic Clip
Side Magnetic Clip
Magnetic Clips make the wearing of PLEXFIT much easier.
PLEXFIT is a lifestyle enhancing product for those with short term or permanent injuries. Emotionally, we are convinced this is the right thing to do. Just as our design has helped Anthony remain active, there are several others of different ages and with different types of injuries who we wish to reach out to.
From an objective standpoint, since inception to validate our dream: - we have ensured leading specialists are a part of our team. The Scientific Advisory Board includes domain experts who are involved with the company at an advisory level.
There are 2 existing Directors: Dr Cindy Y. Lin [MD (U.S.A.), U.S. Board Certified in Sports Medicine and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation] and Dr. Yeow Chen Hua [Department of Biomedical Engineering, NUS Singapore]. - We have spent money to protect our design IP and obtain a Patent under the International PCT Office (PCT/SG2015/000090). We are in Patent Pending status following a favourable report that deems all 12 of our claims Novel, Inventive and Industrially Applicable - We have approached several special needs centres and demonstrated our design to medical institutes in Singapore with encouraging feedback that has led us this far.
In all, we have spent US$180,000
We successfully received a grant for SGD 40,000 from the Singapore Government (SPRING Capability Development Grant) to aid with the Product Deign phase which was granted on a project basis and successfully completed.
We have since identified our Manufacturing partner who will help us source material and manufacture the product. We have a first batch cost (meeting MOQ) of US$ 35,000 We will invest 50% of this cost and wish to raise the remaining 50% through this Kickstarter campaign. If successful and we raise additional cost, we will invest funds into building inventory
Initial Thoughts and Sketches
Computer Aided Design (CAD)
First Prototype and Testings
Riesgos y desafíos
We face the following risks & challenges
1. Inventory Risk:
Since this is a physical product we are bringing to market, the biggest risk we face is of stale inventory due to lack of sales
We have made an initial concise batch order that is targetted to provide us product viability feedback. As co-founders, we are able to fund this initial batch if sales are not possible.
2. Design Risk
Our product is replicable due to its simplicity.
We have a patent approved product and our design is protected. Hiring a global leader in IP Attorney practice, we have intentionally registered under the PCT Authority so that out IP is secured under the most broad-based international law. our Patent covers over a 127 countries including USA, EU, Australia, China, India.
3. Partner Risk
Manufacturing partner uncertainty such that the batch is not delivered.
We have locked down the final design after several iterations and have approved the different sizes and Bill Of Material. The manufacturer is an established reputed firm which takes on large scale contract manufacturing projects for global brands. Our contract with them will cover liability for failed production which will be passed back to the Kickstarter backers.
4. Product Acceptance
Our product is not accepted in the market (design, cost etc)
We have demonstrated out product to several specialists in mainstream hospitals and specialised sports Medicine centres. The Co-Founder himself is a user and hence we are confident that our product will make an instant impact. Yet, we have made provisions to collect feedback and have employed a biomedical engineer to work on design refinement. We have engaged with a manufacturer who themselves have a leading dedicated design team who will work with us for further improvements.
We are also committed to ensure the product has mass appeal and benefits people from all economic backgrounds.
5. Management Risk
Do we have skin in the game? Are we as founders committed?
The founder is working 100% on the product and we have also hired another full-time resource. There will be more products in the pipeline once PLEXFIT Athletic product is completed. It is our passion, belief to make an impact in others lives, personal funds of close to US$150,000 that speak for our commitment in this project.
Finally, we are not in the midst of completing any past projects before PLEXFIT is launched.
We have a working prototype and are now in the final manufacturing phase with a committed and contracted timeline to delivery.