The Dice Tool - The First Titanium Dice Shaped Multi-Tool
A titanium, dice shaped, multi-tool with hundreds of possible tool combinations in a size no larger than a standard casino dice.
The Kickstarter Price For The Dice Tool is $29.
Add an additional $29 to your existing pledge for each additional Dice Tool you would like to order. Example: 2 Dice Tools = $58 Pledge...
The Flat Multi-Tool Has Evolved!
An Idea Is Born
The idea came to me at 3am one morning as I stepped on my kid's mini Rubik's Cube and screamed in agony while hopping around my bathroom. I looked down and found a broken Rubik's Cube. The light bulb moment struck right about the time I noticed that the center piece was missing. I asked myself why hadn't anyone designed a tool like this yet? My answer will become clear below... The Dice Tool was born!
A cube is the perfect shape for a multi-tool! Each side can comprise of a different sized hex wrench, and the shape is perfect for gripping, turning, and getting into tight places where a flat multi-tool cannot.
What Is It?
The Dice Tool (TM) is the first patent pending hex wrench multi-tool in the shape of a cube and was inspired by a broken Rubik's Cube (our love of casino craps may have had a small role as well).
The Dice Tool (TM) is machined out of a solid bar of military grade titanium. This form factor allows the user to carry around a tool equal in size to a casino sized dice (.75" or 19mm) that has hundreds of possible tool combinations. The Dice Tool has 5 different sized hex wrench openings (including a 1/4" hex bit holder) and a slot that allows a coin to be used in place of a flat head screwdriver bit. Perfect size for a key chain, throw one in your car, purse, gear bag, or travel kit and they're TSA compliant.
Unlike flat multi-tools, The Dice Tool allows the user to get a positive grip and (thanks to its small size) get into hard to reach areas. To make sure your 1/4" hex bits stay in place, The Dice Tool has a very powerful Neodymium magnet, which is the strongest magnet commercially available. No problem using it sideways or upside down. Bits stay in place.
Dice Tool In Action:
Dice Tool is approximately: .75" or 19mm on each side (it's a cube...)
The Dice Tool being offered here on Kickstarter will be made out of military grade titanium (6AL4V) . This type of titanium is known for its corrosion resistance (will not rust), strong but lightweight properties (twice as strong as its steel counterpart), and not to mention cool factor. Due to the extremely high cost of machining titanium, we're only offering a titanium version of The Dice Tool for our Kickstarter backers. Quantities will be limited.
How's It Made?
The Dice Tool is first CNC machined, which cuts away the hex shaped pockets, key chain attachment, and coin slot. They're then shipped back to our shop for finishing. When received they're in raw machine form. First, we stone wash each Dice Tool to remove any burrs or rough edges. We then smooth out the finish of each Dice Tool by progressing through five individual sanding steps to prepare the surface for the color anodizing process. Next we have to polish, bead blast, or stone wash depending on the finish selected by the backer.
We then put The Dice Tool into an acid bath, which removes any surface contamination from the previous process'. The next step is the color anodizing, which is then followed up by the installation of the Glow Locator epoxy. Once cured, we clean up any extra epoxy and prepare for packaging.
Although initially machined, this tool is a hand finished product that requires hours of of shop time to make sure we put out the best possible product into the hands of our backers.
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" - Leonardo da Vinci
The Dice Tool was no easy feat to manufacture. In fact, we were turned down by over one hundred machine shops due to the difficulty, number of operations involved, wear on tooling from a hard material like titanium, and simply because we're not Boeing or some other huge conglomerate. We received bids as high as $350 (three hundred and fifty dollars) per piece (and no that's not a typo). We almost gave up on this project, but persistence and many phone calls/emails got me in touch with the right people. You can see the prototypes came out great (although they were not finished to production standards as they're only prototypes).
With your backing and help sharing our KS campaign, we can meet the required minimum to get this project off the ground.
(Above mm sizes are approximate)
The Dice Tool (TM) features a different sized hex wrench on each of its five sides. The sixth side features a specially milled slot that will fit a US Dime (and maybe other foreign coins). You can use the "dime slot" in a pinch if you do not have a flat head screw driver bit. The Dice Tool also features a key chain attachment point that will accommodate a lanyard, split ring, or cable ring.
We're initially offering The Dice Tool in Bead Blast Natural, Machine Finish Natural, Gold, and Blue. Other colors may become available if we meet our funding goal.
Natural Bead Blast:
More colors possible if goal is met!
Glow In The Dark Locator:
Don't need a coin slot? Then have us fill it in with our super potent "Extreme Green" Glow-In-The-Dark Locator Epoxy. Just add $9.00 for each Dice Tool ordered.
We're using the brightest glow powder available on the market, Strontium Aluminate (55-85m). Similar to what is used in illuminated watch dials (exposure to a light source required).
Use this link to share our project: http://kck.st/28P6Dzz
End of June: Campaign Begins
Early August: Campaign Ends
Mid August: Kickstarter Releases Funds, Supplies Ordered
Late August/ Early September: Manufacturing Begins
October: Parts Received, QC, Color Anodizing, Finishing
November: Ship rewards to backers in time for Christmas!
Video soundtrack: Artist: MOTC - "Big Band Blues", Standard License by Audio Micro.
The Dice Tool is Patent Pending and a Trademark of Gear On The Fly, LLC, 2016.
Risks and challenges
This will be our third Kickstarter campaign. Our first and second campaign went according to schedule and was completed on time as promised. We're very confident that this campaign will go just as smoothly. We have built in a time buffer to allow for any unforeseen obstacles that may arise during this campaign. We have prototypes in hand and have already completed a dry run of this upcoming campaign. We're ready to go! Our goal is to under promise and over deliver a quality product that will last you a lifetime!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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