Make More with The Maker's Vise
Everybody Needs A Vise!! We built a vise for everyone that is so simple and easy to use, it will be as if you have a third hand! The magic is in the Maker’s Vise head, which glides effortlessly along a low-friction track. Once the sliding head is in position just twist the knob for high-speed/low-torque applications, or tighten with a standard hex key for an extra-tight grip.
This vise is for designers, artists, hobbyists, parents, students, modders, builders, anyone and everyone. We want to enable makers of all types to make more, but there is a bonus for owners of a 3D-printer! We are building a 3D design library of custom soft-jaws for holding objects that aren’t flat. This library of 3D-printable soft-jaws will be free to download on our website, and a selection of soft-jaws will also be available for purchase through our digital library and store, where we will print them out for you and ship them to you ready to use.
The Maker's Vise is light-weight and portable, weighing only 4lbs. Use as a tabletop vise with the included silicone pad, or bolt it to your work area through the bolt holes down the center of the base for a heavier work.
But we need your help to make the Maker’s Vise happen! We are seeking $15,000 for materials, custom tooling, and machine work for the production of a market-ready Maker's Vise. The final product will look a little different from our prototype displayed proudly in the video. We are building the vise body out of a custom aluminum extrusion, so there will be no lines along the body and no screw holes visible on the top of the slides. The edges will also be smoothed and rounded, so it will look more like the following 3D rendering:
When designing our vise, ease-of-use took priority over manufacturing convenience. The Maker’s Vise is assembled from about a dozen parts that require custom machine work. The slider bearings are an engineering-grade low-friction plastic material, the all-aluminum body is coated with a protective oxide layer, and stock steel jaws are included with every purchase. Our Kickstarter backers do get a lot for their contribution, and for a limited time will have the additional option of having their vise come in a color unique to this campaign!
Risks and challenges
We have one manufacturing challenge left to solve. We are designing production tooling to create the locking tracks on the underside of the slides very economically. We have some plans for tooling which we have high confidence can be made to work. There is a small chance our tooling design will not work. If the track creation tooling cannot be made to work, we would need to make the slide portion of the body separately from the extrusion and screw them on exactly we did in the prototype. However, this can still be done in a way that does not show screw holes along the top. We have the benefit of a few years of tooling design ourselves and contacts with experienced production machinists to get the tooling working. We believe we can get tooling to work which will be economical in production.
Our bearing surfaces are working great in the prototype.. we've had a few weeks of testing and demonstration with it and have seen no wear. Our prototype is not anodized. It is possible that there are unforeseen issues with an anodized surface against plastic bearings and against a few pivot parts. We are exploring plating options for the pivot parts. If the anodize is a substantial problem, we may have to either eliminate the anodize or redesign the bearing surfaces in some way. We believe that our bearing surfaces will actually perform better on anodize than bare. The raw aluminum is already harder than the engineering plastic (Delrin) Making it harder should not increase wear, and it should reduce friction. We have relationships with an anodizing and plating company and have in the past consulted with a very good in-house expert of theirs on anodize, tin and nickel plating options, so we feel we're in a very good position to solve any bearing issues that arise.
In the prototype, we're currently use a single tiny drop of oil on each of two pivot surfaces, a spherical ball joint and one threaded interface. We'd love to eliminate the need for oil at all. Platings and possibly Teflon coating may allow us to do this These are well known industrial processes, but we have not directly used them in many places yet.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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