The Edge Riser is a unique snowboard binding accessory which changes the way you ride forever! Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on January 28, 2013.
About this project
Check out some of the other videos below to learn more about the process to machine a mold, how to put the risers on, and other useful information about the Edge Risers.
What are the Edge Risers?
- Our Edge Risers provides 20 mm [apox. 3/4 inch] of lift which give you, the rider, significant toe and heel clearance to avoid drag when edging.
- The Edge Risers are made of high strength polycarbonate plastic, which is also used in creating bullet proof walls.
- Edge risers increase leverage properties which allows pressure to transfer more directly to the edges for more responsive carving.
- They are very light weight, weighing in at only only 5 oz.
- They have a unique cross hatch ribbing pattern to better strengthen the design.
- Edge risers smaller platform surface allows a more natural board flex.
- Using our Edge Risers allows people with larger feet to get the most out of their board.
- On top of all this, the edge risers were made entirely in the United States of America.
How to use them
The risers are easy and fast to install. No drilling or modification of board or binding. It takes only about 5 minutes for you to do the actual installation yourself. All the hardware is included. Simply sandwich between deck and binding bottom using the longer binding screws provided. These screws work on all regular bindings produced today. (See a video below to see how it's done)
We will be making both standard 4 bolt pattern Risers as well as Burton 3 bolt pattern Risers.
Who We Are
Val Strals is the proud owner of the plastic injection mold machining company Horizon Precision Machining Inc. Val has been machining parts and making molds for over 35 years. He works with a range of clients, ranging from large aerospace engineering companies to local inventors needing help getting started with the machining and molding process.
Eriks Strals is a creative software engineer and technologist who has been working in the tech and games industry for more then 6 years.
Togther, Val and Eriks have been snowboarding for over 20 years and working on the Edge Risers for the last 5 years, trying to get them out to the world and in the hands of the snowboarders who need them.
How we are going to do it
With the help of Horizon Precision Machining we have molded a working version of the Edge Risers which is ready to be used for manufacturing the Edge Risers. Upon success of the Kickstarter, we will first check over the mold and make any changes required to the mold and replace the tools used for molding the part. Then we will be sending out the mold to a mold manufacturer, thus the injection molding cycle begins. We then check over all the molded Edge Risers and make sure everything looks good. After this, we will need to order the correct screws and shipping materials. Finally, we will package up the Edge Risers and ship them out to you!
For more information about the mold making process, here is a video describing the process we go through in machining the mold and manufacturing the Edge Risers
The challenges in molding and machining
There are many challenges and high costs to machining and manufacturing a mold. We have already spent a lot of money in tooling costs and molding materials, along with hundreds of hours machining and designing prototypes, field testing the risers, and making sure everything is perfect before even being able to start the manufacturing process of making the Edge Risers for the general public.
This is a screenshot of the actual 3D model used to machine the mold. This is after many iterations done to the model.
Where your pledges will go
Even though we have already done a lot of this work for making sure the Edge Risers are ready, we still have a lot of work ahead of us in getting these out to you and the rest of the snowboarders out there. This includes paying for the costs associated with machining the parts (tools, etc), manufacturing the parts (including paying for the materials and work required to do this), and packaging and shipping out the parts. On top of all this, we need to make a new website and pay for the costs in making an awesome brand for our Edge Risers to allow the world to know who we are and how useful the Edge Risers are.
If we make it to 8,000$ we will be able to make special requests for Colored Risers! Right now they are being sent out in black, but if we make it to 8K we will takes votes for what colors people might want their Edge Risers to be.
If things go well for the Edge Risers Campaign, we have major innovations and exciting new ideas in mind for the Edge Risers. For example, imagine LEDs in the Edge Risers, lighting you up as you go down the hill in colorful ways! I really want that to happen, but until then, I want to make sure things go well with this campaign :)
Here's a picture of the of the current Edge Risers being used with boots and a board:
Our awesome Edge Riser logo done by Vincent Iannone. This will be on the stickers.
Video Editing and design, Antonio Gussenhoven http://www.elucidly.com
Logo design, Vincent Iannone https://www.facebook.com/VincentIannone
Camera man, Dan Cote http://enhanceye.com
Faceplant picture http://www.flickr.com/people/laurentbolli/
Graphic designer picture http://www.flickr.com/photos/benswing/
Risks and challenges
There are a few main challenges that must be faced after successfully getting funded here on kickstarter.
The first challenge is making sure the Edge Riser mold is checked over in the machine shop to make sure everything is perfect.
After that, we need to send the mold to the plastic injection molders. The risks and challenges here are that everything needs to run smoothly and cleanly as each Edge Riser is being injected and ejected from the mold in a safe manner. Everything should run smoothly, but if something were to happen to the mold during this process, we would have to stop the machines and repair the mold.
After that, assuming everything goes well there, we will be taking the molded Edge Risers and shipping them all out ourselves, packaging them up and checking over each mold making sure everything is in order, including packing up the screws with the risers.
Val Strals has been working in the plastic injection mold industry for over 35 years. While there are always risks in the machining industry, we are very confident that we can deliver the Edge Risers and easily overcome these challenges in a timely fashion.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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