About this project
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Torq-ture test video (feat. rusted M6 bolt)
As an avid cyclist and mechanical engineering student, I wanted to offer cyclists a tool that was a more portable and foolproof alternative to conventional fold-up Allen key sets. I spent months in the machine shop, designing and prototyping by hand. A year later, and with the help of the U of T Entrepreneurship Hatchery, I am proud to introduce you to the world's first automatically adjusting hex tool, TeleHex.
Shipment and Taxes/Duties
Canada: we will ship by Canada post. HST is included in price. You will be sent an HST number later in the year.
USA: we will ship by USPS with tracking. There should not be any charges for taxes or duties.
EU and international: to keep shipping costs down, packages are untracked. EU deliveries ~10 business days, international ~20 business days after shipment (which you will be notified of). Please note import charges like VAT are subjective to your customs office. You will likely not be charged for smaller quantities due to the lower value, but more likely in larger valued orders. Customers are responsible for any import charges that may be associated.
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Risks and challenges
I am not a stranger to hardware projects, and I have an excellent personal track record of getting difficult tasks done on time - I've worked with a team that designed, tested, and raced a record-breaking human powered vehicle (139 km/h, 87 mph) in just four months: http://www.aerovelo.com/eta-speedbike .
This project faces standard risks associated with ordering custom parts from a supplier of machined parts, but is mitigated because the reputable job shop takes care of heat treatment, coating, anodizing, and engraving in-house. I have already verified product quality through samples and trust the shop to produce goods on-time.
In order to reduce costs and ensure product quality, I have decided to bootstrap the final phase of production: assembly. Assembly consists of putting 14 ordered parts (from 3 different suppliers) together by hand, and then testing the mechanism. I have become quite efficient at assembling them, but there is a risk of delays if there are supply or quality issues with any of the parts, or if I become overwhelmed by volume. For this reason, reward tiers are conservatively established on a rolling basis for delivery.
Maximizing durability was a key point in design, so a tool steel was selected, and will be heat treated to HRC 60 to mitigate chances of toolhead distortion leading to shell ceasing. To further assist in this, a smooth nickel plating layer provides lubrication so moving parts could be more closely stacked to support each other. Tests with full insertion were conducted with up to 15nm (135 in-lbs) of torque, yielding positive results. This is more than adequate recommended torque for all M6 or smaller bolts. However, toolhead distortion may occur due to a combination of user errors which have not been fully tested: partial insertion depth, wrongly sized bolts, and excessive torque.
In this project, I promise to live by Steve Job's words: "It's not done until it ships". I also pledge to be 100% transparent about any problems that may arise - this is the way I was raised.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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