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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Apr 13 2018
ENV Design GroupBy ENV Design Group
First created
ENV Design GroupBy ENV Design Group
First created
$635
pledged of $19,750pledged of $19,750 goal
7
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Apr 13 2018

About

**Project Update**

We've had some trouble gaining the amount of traction needed to get this project moving in the first few days due to not having an aggressive enough pre-launch marketing plan in place. We are cancelling this round of funding while we regroup and focus on marketing efforts.  We plan to relaunch the product in the near future but do not have an exact date yet.  If you would like to stay informed on this timeline, please follow us on facebook or instagram or shoot us an email at contact@switchBand.com and we will keep you posted on the timeline

-switchBand

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Simply put, switchBand is a bottle opener unlike anything you've ever seen before!  An ultra-compact wearable device that features a spring-loaded bottle opener that retracts to a covert state. Designed to be sleek & inconspicuous and engineered to perform.  

switchBand appears to be a normal ring at first glance, however upon press of a side mounted clasp, the ring fires open to reveal the hidden bottle opener. With its unique design that allows for one hand operation, switchBand is able to deploy, open a beer and re-latch all in a blink of an eye. At your next party, avoid that awkward moment running around the kitchen trying to locate that elusive bottle opener, instead open a beer in mere seconds at the flick of a wrist. switchBand is versatile, whether you’re planning a relaxing evening out to dinner, or a wild night out with your college friends, switchBand looks good enough to wear and will be there for you should the situation arise in which you find yourself craving a cold one!

"Every Thousandth of an Inch Counts!"

The biggest challenge with this product was undoubtedly the task of scaling down everything into an aesthetically pleasing package that was as low-profile and sleek as possible without sacrificing the integrity of the parts.  Furthermore, finding a way to manufacture them at a reasonable cost while ensuring our quality metrics are being met.

At this scale, tolerance is everything, for particular features in the clasp mechanism being off on a dimension by a mere 3/1,000ths of an inch means the mechanism would not function properly. For the smallest parts, the internal radi of many features are too small to cut using CNC and therefore requires the use of a laser or wire EDM. 

switchBand components are machined from a medical grade 316 Stainless Steel with tolerances down to less than one thousandth of an inch (0.001") for its most critical features. Each and every part undergoes an Electropolishing process to bring the part to a near mirror finish. For Black DLC and Gold TiN offerings, the parts then undergo a PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) process which feature impressive scratch resistant material properties as well as provide an appealing aesthetic appearance.

Below you will find details about the various reward levels, please keep in mind that you will select your ring size after the campaign ends via the backer survey.  More details regarding ring sizing & reward add-ons can be found below the matrix

**Limited Edition; All Limited Edition rings sold during the Kickstarter campaign will be engraved with a unique Kickstarter series serial number on the inside of the band. After this campaign ends, no additional rings will ever be created using that series serial again. 

Reward Add-ons

$25 Custom Engraving; Add a custom engraving to the inside or outside band.  Great option when giving as a gift, personalizing or for Groomsmen gifts. Simply add $25 per ring to your order for this add-on

Multiple Quantity Order

Take the price of the reward and multiple it by the number of rings you desire.

Example 1: You want 2 Black DLC Rings?
Pledge Amount = $135 x 2 = $270

Example 2: You want 3 SST Rings, each with the $25 custom engraving add-on?
 Pledge Amount = ($90 + $25) x 3 = $345

Selecting your switchBand Size  

**RING SIZES ARE CHOSE AT THE END OF THE CAMPAIGN, we will send out a backer survey after the campaign ends where you will be able to select your size  

Rings Sizes Offered Currently 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. 

While it is not feasible at this time to offer ALL ring sizes, We have studied the bell curve of average ring sizes for both male and female. At this time, we plan to offer 6 different sizes initially. Should this campaign perform well and we gather enough backers, we will increase the number of sizes to choose from up to as many as 12.  

How do I find my Ring Size?  

Option 1: Have 5 min? Click the link below, this will take you to a PDF that you can print out. Use "Method B", cut out the grey strip of paper and wrap it around your finger. Simply wrap the paper around your finger so that the paper is snug against your finger. We have found this method is surprisingly accurate.  

Click HERE for a Printable Sizing Chart  

Option 2: Run to a local jewelry store at some point before the end of the campaign to test out some rings and get measured. They will not charge you for this service and generally takes only a few minutes. Try on a wider band and use that size as a reference versus using their set of thin ring gauges if possible

Material: Medical Grade 316 Stainless Steel  
Post Process I: Electropolish
Post Process II: DLC, Titanium Nitride (based on reward choice)
Weight: 0.50 oz Sizes: Please See Size Chart Below....

**DLC; Diamond-like Carbon is a class of amorphous carbon material that exhibits properties similar to that of diamond. The coating is applied in a thin layer (1-4 microns thick) in a specialized vacuum chamber and deposited using a PVD Physical Vapor Deposition Process. The resultant coating has a hardness of 2000-4000HV and in effect becomes an effective scratch resistant coating. How hard is 2000HV? The base 316 SST material which is generally considered very hard material is typically about 700HV, the DLC coating is almost 3 times harder than this.

We've self-funded the initial design, development, prototyping, first small batch production run & marketing materials with our personal funds to the tune of over $10,000 so far. We've done this in order to verify product feasibility and ensure that our backers will receive the highest quality product possible. We can confidently say that we are at the stage now where we are ready for the next round of funding. We need your help to fund the next large volume production order.  We have personally met with a few of the manufacturers and plan to visit throughout the production process to ensure our quality standards are being met.

Below you will find a list of past and present schedule tasks. We feel confident in our design and are ready for the support of backers to take this product to final production. We've thoroughly tested our design and worked with local manufacturers to ensure that processes are in place to manufacture these when the time comes


3D PRINTED PLASTIC 
The very first switchBand prototypes were printed in-house on our Form 2 3D printer. We were pleased to find that this printer was capable of producing some very fine prints that helped prove design feasibility early on in the product development process. All in all, we 3D printed roughly 2 dozen prototypes in plastic and fully assembled many of them to test fit, form and function.

3D PRINTED STAINLESS STEEL
Plastic prints had no chance of standing up to the strength required to pry open a bottle cap so before investing thousands in machined samples we opted to have a few samples printed out of 316 Stainless Steel. The samples weren’t exactly cheap, however these prints were a critical step in proving the next step of our design feasibility. We opted to have our 3D metal prints done by Protolabs, the quality of them was outstanding, Protolabs had an extremely fast turnaround time when we opted for the expedited service, and therefore the price…pretty damn high.

Risks and challenges

While it is near impossible to eliminate all project risk in its entirety, we believe we have mitigated most risk factors for this project. By taking this product beyond the prototyping stage and by having performed an initial production run, we were able to qualify 3 different manufacturers and verify that they are able to produce quality parts in a reasonable amount of time. Furthermore, we were able to personally visit these shops and work with them side by side to collaborate on the most effective fixturing and process to develop these parts.

The biggest challenge moving forward would be not knowing exactly how many backers to expect. However, again by having 3 different manufacturers at our disposal, we feel very confident in the ability to deliver the final product to our backers by the Target Ship Date and we will keep our backers informed of the project status through every step of the process.

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    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    SST switchBand (Super Early Bird)

    Be the very FIRST to back switchBand in the first 24 Hours and save almost 20% off the standard Kickstarter price!!!

    You will receive 1X SST switchBand. 316 Stainless Steel with Electropolish finish.

    *Will ship anywhere in the World. FREE shipping within the U.S
    **Ring sizes will be chosen after campaign ends, see "Selecting your switchBand Size" section for available sizes

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    SST switchBand (48 Hour Early Bird)

    Missed out on the first 24 Hour Special? No problem, you can still snag switchBand at over a 10% discount within the first 48 Hours!

    You will receive 1X SST switchBand. 316 Stainless Steel with Electropolish finish.

    *Will ship anywhere in the World. FREE shipping within the U.S
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    SST switchBand

    You will receive 1X SST switchBand. 316 Stainless Steel with Electropolish finish.

    *Will ship anywhere in the World. FREE shipping within the U.S
    **Ring sizes will be chosen after campaign ends, see "Selecting your switchBand Size" section for available sizes

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    SST switchBand (Limited Edition)

    You will receive 1X SST Limited Edition switchBand. 316 Stainless Steel with Electropolish finish. Limited Edition Kickstarter series serial number engraved on inside of band.

    *Will ship anywhere in the World. FREE shipping within the U.S
    **Ring sizes will be chosen after campaign ends, see "Selecting your switchBand Size" section for available sizes

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    switchBand (Black DLC)

    You will receive 1X Black DLC switchBand. Gloss Black DLC coated 316 Stainless Steel. Limited Edition Kickstarter series serial number engraved on inside of band.

    *Will ship anywhere in the World. FREE shipping within the U.S
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    switchBand (Gold Titanium Nitride)

    You will receive 1X Gold TiN switchBand. Gold Titanium Nitride coated 316 Stainless Steel. Limited Edition Kickstarter series serial number engraved on inside of band.

    *Will ship anywhere in the World. FREE shipping within the U.S
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    switchBand (Black & Gold)

    You will receive 1X Black & Gold switchBand. Gloss Black DLC coated 316 Stainless Steel body with Gold Titanium Nitride Coated accents. Limited Edition Kickstarter series serial number engraved on inside of band.

    *Will ship anywhere in the World. FREE shipping within the U.S
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Funding period

- (29 days)