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268 backers pledged $15,381 to help bring this project to life.

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Thank you Kickstarter! We are now up and running:

www.obliquebottleholder.com

24 Hours to go!  All non-US backers please add 15$ to your pledge for shipping!  Please check the updates and FAQ for all other information.  

Product

Oblique is my take on the cantilever wine bottle holder.  It is precision machined from 6061 Aluminum & holds the bottle horizontally such that the center of mass is roughly above the middle of the footprint of the holder.  Thus, the bottle and holder are co-dependent on one another.  The design is a result of the 'balance' between the CNC milling machine process considerations, efficient material use, shipping constraints, aesthetics, and cost.  Oblique is designed in California, and manufactured in Minnesota.

I have been talking about kickstarting a product for over a year.  This project is my first and I would like to keep it short, simple, and sweet.  

  • Short - This project ends December 12th! We are going to deliver the first production run by December 23rd.
  • Simple - We aren't splitting atoms folks, Just obeying Newton's 1st law. K.I.S.S. applies here.
  • Sweet - Not a bad looking wine bottle display if you ask me or the generous project backers to your right.

However, the devil is in the details and what really makes this product stand out is the +/- .002" tolerances on every dimension, the beauty of a face mill leaving behind perfectly uniform swirls on the part surface, and the superb made in the USA robotic craftsmanship that assures you no humans had a hand in any finishing or deburring because it would simply be too expensive!  

Tight 45 degree chamfers on all edges and no witness lines to speak of on the part flip...  

Specs

  • Weight: 11 oz. (Aluminum)
  • Machine Used: Hurco VMX30 with 30"x30"x20" Travels.  1377 IPM max feed, 12,000 max spindle RPM, and 24 station tool changer.
  • Machine Fixturing: Vise/Softjaw with 2 setups.
  • Materials: 6061-T6 Aluminum or Grade 2 Titanium.
  • Finish: All Aluminum products are Anodized per MIL-A-8625, your choice of Clear, Black, Grey, or Red.

Background

Brett Swope is an engineer by training and a hack machinist.  A few years ago, Brett reached out to the internets and found Greg Suski at All Dimensions Manufacturing.  Greg and Brett have been working together closely for the past 6 years on dozens of projects and Greg has yet to miss a deadline or turn in an out of spec. part.  He is a hard-working, expert machinist who earns every dollar his shop makes by programming hard and fast toolpaths that deliver shock and awe.  

Brett asked Greg if he would be interested in kickstarting a product that was designed to illustrate the precision, beauty, and elegance of his CNC milling machines and machining prowess.  After a long pause (with the spindles humming at 10K RPM in the background) Greg said, "I'm in" and here we are. 

Rewards

We sincerely thank you for your generous donations to this project.  Please consult the reward area to the right in order to determine what donation and reward best suits you.  

IMPORTANT STUFF

Anodizing - We will be contacting you after your pledge to ask if you would like anodizing and what color.  Pictures will be posted soon to illustrate color options.  Please be sure to respond promptly so that we can get your product right!

Shipping - All rewards are priced with shipping to one address.  

International Shipping - Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee international delivery by 12/23.  If this is acceptable and you would like us to ship internationally, please add 15$ to your pledge.

THANK YOU!

Kickstarter is revolutionizing the way that products are introduced and manufactured.  No longer do entrepreneurs and inventors need to pony up every cent they have to invest in tooling (in addition to their sweat and time) their product ideas before they even understand the value in the eyes of the customer.  Now, we can vet out an idea and know that a critical mass of people (sponsors) think it is worthwhile to move forward with.  In exchange, sponsors are given first dibs on a new product along with the satisfaction that they are helping someone launch a product!  I sincerely thank all those who take the time to review this project and consider funding.  

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    Pledge $30 or more About $30

    The One Pack:
    You will be able to enjoy your very own Oblique elegantly displaying your wine on the dinner table for the holidays or give it as a present to that special someone. Delivery by 12/23/2011.

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    The Two-Fer:
    A good deal for giving one as a gift and keeping one for your very own. Delivery by 12/23/2011.

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    The Four Pack:
    Great for giving out as gifts to your friends and family to show them you support American manufacturing. Delivery by 12/23/2011.

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    Opulence:
    Exactly like the others, except this one is machined from Grade 2 Titanium alloy. You and your pygmy giraffe can enjoy this exotic metal as it holds your most exclusive wine bottle above the table. The most interesting man in the world just called me and he tried to order them all to keep others from having them. I said no, but I don't know how long I can fend him off...

    You will also receive an engineering drawing and certificate of conformance signed by Brett and Greg. Delivery by 12/23/2011.

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Funding period

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