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Ironclad CoolersBy Ironclad Coolers
First created
Ironclad CoolersBy Ironclad Coolers
First created
$125
pledged of $275,000pledged of $275,000 goal
2
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, November 20 2013 10:34 PM UTC +00:00

About

OUR STORY

It all started about a year ago at our tattoo shop here in Altoona Iowa.  While searching the internet for motorcycles in our area Adam got an idea he just couldn't get out of his head.  The idea of taking a v-twin motorcycle engine and converting it into a cooler for beer, soda, or whatever else you could get into it.  He quickly jotted his idea down and with great excitement showed everyone in the shop. 

ADAMS FIRST SKETCH
ADAMS FIRST SKETCH

 Some were skeptical and brushed it off as nothing, but as Adams best friend I ("Bear" Gerry Milne)  looked at it with all the possibilities in mind and I got excited too!  We knew at that moment that we had to build it and bring it to life.  So we started gathering odds and ends to build a prototype of our dream cooler.  Only a year later, and with a little nudging from friends and family it is built and sits in the corner at our tattoo shop, and has been rightfully given the name "Ironclad Cooler" since it was mainly built in our storage room at our tattoo shop called "Ironclad Tattoo".  

IRONCLAD TATTOO STORE FRONT
IRONCLAD TATTOO STORE FRONT

Our prototype is made up of a little plastic, styrofoam, aluminum, chrome decals, and even a PVC cap for our resembled air cleaner part.  Many people have seen our prototype sitting in the corner of our tattoo shop and really think we have a real motorcycle engine sitting there. When we explain that it's a cooler, they always get so excited! It's AWESOME!

PROTOTYPE

IRONCLAD COOLER FRONT
IRONCLAD COOLER FRONT
IRONCLAD COOLER BACK
IRONCLAD COOLER BACK
PROTOTYPE WITH THE LIDS OPENED
PROTOTYPE WITH THE LIDS OPENED

PROJECTION OF HOW OUR FINISHED PRODUCT WILL DIFFER FROM THE PROTOTYPE

 Our final product will be made with twin walled grey plastic, including the handle and hardware, with thermafoam insulation at it's core to keep your ice cooler longer.  The stand that we have now on our prototype will be enclosed into the base to allow more room in the inside compartment for maximum space. The small openings on the prototype when you open the lids will be widened to allow easier access to your beverages and things.  There will be chrome on areas as expected like where the derby cover would be, or push rod covers, rocker covers ect. but we will not chrome the fins on the jugs yet, that will come in time as an option. 

We want to make our final product look as realistic as possible, and truly resemble a V-twin EVO motorcycle engine while opening up as much space for ice, beverages, or anything else you want to put in it. Our goal is to make it so realistic that it will blow your friends minds when your walking around your local biker rally's and bike nights, or where ever with your Ironclad Cooler. 

WE ARE ALREADY PATENT PENDING

  Once our prototype was finished and with all of the positive reactions from our friends, family, and clients, we knew we had to take this farther.  So we did a patent search to see if anyone else has created anything similar to our cooler.  With great excitement, the search produced nothing even close to our cooler.  So we filed for a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and submitted our simple sketches and are now "patent pending".

PATENT SKETCHES
PATENT SKETCHES

OUR ANTICIPATED PRODUCTION PLAN

Once funds are available to us, we will move forward with the following steps in this order.

1. ADVERTISING / MARKETING

  First off, we will begin a full scale marketing and advertising plan with our good friends at  DomiKnow (http://domiknow.com/).  They will help us with everything we need to grow and expand our business step by step, including targeted marketing, and utilizing our ever growing social medias to connect with millions, while keeping all our current clients and supporters from kickstarters in the loop on our current progress.

2. 3D CAD DESIGN

   Within the same time frame, we will meet with the engineers from Freeman Roto Products, INC (http://www.freemanroto.com/index.html) who are already familiar with our product.  Freeman Roto Products custom plastic fabrication capabilities take concepts from the design stage to the finished product.  They have over 30 plus years experience, and they will be a major factor in the production of Ironclad Coolers.  The engineers will begin building and creating a 3D CAD drawing of our cooler. With this process we will do little tweaks to our cooler design so the final product will look like a realistic v-twin motorcycle engine while opening up needed space within using their state of the art modeling and drafting software.  

FREEMAN ROTO PRODUCTS, INC SOFTWARE CONSISTS OF SOLIDWORKS AND AUTOCAD
FREEMAN ROTO PRODUCTS, INC SOFTWARE CONSISTS OF SOLIDWORKS AND AUTOCAD

3. TOOLING AND MOLDING

   Once our CAD drawing is completed to our specifications, Freeman Roto Products will begin with the next step, molding and tooling.  They use a process called rotational molding which is explained below, and will be used to produce each individual part of Ironclad Coolers.

The principle of rotational molding of plastics is simple. Basically the process consists of introducing a known amount of plastic in powder, into a hollow, shell-like mold. The mold is rotated and/ or rocked about two principal axes at relatively low speeds as it is heated so that the plastic enclosed in the mold adheres to, and forms a thin layer against the mold surface. The mold rotation continues during the cooling phase so that the plastic retains its desired shape as it solidifies. When the plastic is sufficiently rigid, the cooling and mold rotation is stopped to allow the removal of the plastic product from the mold. At this stage, the cyclic process may be repeated. The basic steps of rotational molding are (a) mold charging, (b) mold heating, (c) mold cooling, and (d) part ejection.

ROTATIONAL MOLDING SET UP AT FREEMAN ROTO PRODUCTS, INC
ROTATIONAL MOLDING SET UP AT FREEMAN ROTO PRODUCTS, INC

Advantages of rotational molding are:

  • A hollow part can be made in one piece with no weld lines or joints
  • The end product is essentially stress-free
  • Tooling is relatively inexpensive
  • The lead time for the manufacture of a mold is relatively short
  • Short production can be economically viable
  • There is no material waste in that the full charge of material is normally consumed in making the part
  • It is possible to make multilayer products
  • Different types of product can be molded together on the one machine
  • Inserts are easy to mold in
  • High quality graphics can be molded in or onto parts

4. TEMPORARY STORAGE

    Once the molding is completed for each individual part including the injection of the thermafoam insulation, (also done by Freeman Roto Products at their facility) each part will be shipped back to us here in Altoona, IA to our temporary storage facility to be in line for chroming.

5.  CHROMING

  We will be chroming selective parts on each cooler dependent on each order received.   We will be using a system of chroming that is a spray-on chrome process that has been introduced to us via Jay Leno's Garage YouTube video (posted below).  This will be completed by a local  auto body shop that has already committed to completing no less then 100 units per week, once available.

6. TEMPORARY STORAGE / SHIPPING

   Once chromed, each unit will be shipped back to our temporary storage facility to be wrapped and boxed as individual parts with assembly required directions and then shipped to each customer.  Our first obligation will be of course to our pledges, then to our new clients.

ESTIMATED TIME FRAME FOR FINISHED PRODUCT

  We are estimating the time frame before we will see the first initial products to be 4-8 months after funding is available to allow for any difficulties, if any, that may arise.  If product is finished before the estimated time frame, all items will be shipped at an earlier date.

BE SURE TO LIKE OUR IRONCLAD COOLER FACEBOOK PAGE, ESPECIALLY IF YOUR A PLEDGE, SO WE CAN KEEP YOU UP TO DATE ON OUR PROGRESS!


FUTURE GOAL FOR IRONCLAD COOLERS

  We are projecting a very achievable goal to eventually have enough product sold to have a production facility available to us to fulfill all tasks involved "in house" including all molding, storage, chroming, and shipping. 

Risks and challenges

We have thought about the risks and challenges involved. If we receive our goal that we set, we don't foresee any risks that we are really worried about. the only worry that we have is not having enough funds available to continue producing coolers after our pledges are taken care of. But with that concern, we have found a supporter with a small, and limited amount of funds available if needed so we can continue to produce our product in the future. We have also set realistic time frames for any complications. If any problems do arise, we will be sure to keep everyone updated and up to speed. We are very confident and ready for the next step!

BE SURE TO LIKE OUR IRONCLAD COOLER FACEBOOK PAGE, ESPECIALLY IF YOUR A PLEDGE SO WE CAN KEEP YOU UP TO DATE ON OUR PROGRESS!

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    HIGH ROLLER PLEDGE - We can't express how grateful we are for your support! You will receive an IRONCLAD COOLER that's customized how ever you like, with extra chrome, name plate, you name it, you will also receive a free t-shirt, and magnet. A long with free shipping any where in the world. We will also do a personal thank you on our website with your picture. Thank You again for your support!

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