This project's funding goal was not reached on July 25, 2013.
This project's funding goal was not reached on July 25, 2013.
The Flipout Tantrum features a patented gearing design that allows it to transform into different shapes and access spaces inaccessible to other power tools. At just over an inch wide, it drives hard to reach screws at about 1/3 the size of most angle drills. In addition, it transforms into 168 different positions, bringing a whole new level of versatility to the table. No more right-angle attachments, stubby screwdrivers, or mini-ratchet thingies... the Tantrum is an all-in-one, compact, handheld solution that will get into tight spaces like no other product can!
By being one of the first Kickstarter backers, you'll be getting your Tantrum Screwdriver long before they hit shelves. Help us make power tool history and order yours today! Your card will only be charged if we meet our goal.
Battery Pack Voltage: 7.2V
Max Torque: 80 in. lbs
Battery Pack Capacity: 900 mAh
Weight: 12.8 Oz
In 2003, I came up with an idea… to create a new kind of power tool. One cold, snowy morning in Seattle I was switching out a stereo speaker in the door of my car with an electric screwdriver. After struggling for an hour and a half trying to fit the thing into my door, I thought, "why don’t they have power tools that transform or something?" That day I went to a whole bunch of different hardware stores looking for some sort of tool to make my life easier. That’s when it hit me… there was a HUGE lack of power tools that effectively deal with tight spaces. I was studying electronics at the time, had just finished a robotics project at the University of Washington, and I was ready for a new challenge. That day I decided to go after it… and design the most useful electric screwdriver the world had ever seen.
I immediately went to work on my first prototype. It looked nothing like a power tool – I cut out acrylic sheets for the housing and used some plastic gears I got out of a robotics mail order catalog. Looking back, it was one of the most ridiculous looking prototypes I’ve ever built, but it still works to this day.
When I came up with the idea for the transforming electric screwdriver, I went for it. I dropped out of school, got a 2nd job as a bartender, and two years later, I had my first U.S. patent using the tips I had earned at night.
Now, here we are in 2013, and I’m still going after it. Instead of a degree in robotics or electronics, I got an education in product development. Over the last 9 years, I taught myself CAD design, I learned how to machine mechanical components, and I learned how to design parts for manufacturability. The latest prototype is called the Tantrum. It is the seventh generation prototype since its original inception. It’s 7.2 volts of pure screw-driving versatility. The tool housing is made out of durable nylon and powder-coated aluminum. The insides are primarily made of stainless steel and alloy components. Plus some solid electronics to make everything work nicely.
This is my first Kickstarter Project. My goal is to raise enough money to finally do a small production run and get this company off the ground. Flipout is all about producing the most innovative and useful electric screwdrivers in the world. We want to bring excitement to everyone who picks up a Flipout Screwdriver for the first time and empower people to take on projects in new ways. In short, Flipout is going to bring an entirely new user experience to the table.
The Kickstarter funding will go towards completing the final stages of product testing and setting up our assembly operations here in Bellingham, WA. Our products are designed with the professional in mind, so it only makes sense to have professionals test this tool out for us. So far, we have lots of local pros who have come forward and offered to help us with our beta testing efforts. We’ve got car stereo installation experts, electricians, aircraft mechanics, boat techs, handymen, contractors, and DIY-ers to start with. The idea is if we can get the product good enough for these guys, it will be good enough for everyone else too. A lot of the testing has been done thus far, but we’re constantly striving to improve this tool, and we will likely be making some last minute changes to improve your overall experience before we send these units out. We are capping our initial production run at 2000 units. We want to focus on a smaller number of units, and make sure every product that goes out our door is absolutely solid. Most of the groundwork has already been laid out, so now it’s basically a matter of getting the necessary funding, ordering the components, and assembling them into the final product. Some of the components come from overseas (batteries, LEDs, electronics – things that make sense to have made there) while lots of the components are manufactured here in the USA. We have a local company that specializes in electronics assembly, so they will be handling the soldering and electronics while we focus on final assembly and shipping. We recently won the Cool Idea! Award from ProtoLabs, Inc. As part of the award, ProtoLabs is providing free tooling and 6 injection-molded parts for our first production run of the Tantrum screwdriver. This is huge for us as it cuts down our costs tremendously and gives us the advantage of working with an established company with in-house engineers that can help us successfully get this product off the ground. So far they’ve done a great job at getting us our parts on time, and getting us quality parts that fit snug and made out of materials that hold up in the harshest conditions. As we scale our production efforts, I’m going to be hiring local talent to help me with product assembly. So yes, your contribution will not only go towards a state of the art power tool, it will also help bolster the economy and create jobs as well.
Shipping will be USPS flat rate and is included in the price - available in the U.S. only at the moment. Sorry International Backers, we're coming for you next!
As with any production run, there’s a lot that can and will go wrong. This product has lots of parts, and waiting on any one of them could slow production. Fortunately, I’ve already developed a good rapport with many of my suppliers, and a lot of the initial trial and error runs have already been done, which eliminates a lot of the guesswork. The bottom line is that there’s a lot of things we can’t control, but at Flipout, we like to maintain a corporate attitude of positivity and perseverence, and we are confident we can overtake any obstacle that comes our way. The end result is we're going to deliver a tool that will empower you to take on projects in ways you never knew existed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
This product is designed for driving screws. The output speed is slower than your typical drill, and even though you can insert a 1/4" hex drill bit, it's definitely not designed for drilling holes as it would take forever. We're not trying to replace your favorite drill... everyone has one... but the Tantrum is the perfect little brother to have around for those times you want to throw your drill through the window!
The Tantrum features a magnetic bit holder that makes switching out bits quick and easy. In addition, the magnetic bit holder keeps screws from getting lost if you're upside down in the bottom of a boat, under the hood of a car, etc.
Yes, the magnetic bit holder accepts standard 1/4" bits. We're also including some special bits designed specifically for this product that don't stick out quite as far, and allow for access into even tighter spaces.
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