A simple utilitarian multi-purpose backpack hanger that is more than meets the eye. Built to hold your backpack and your mobile devices it's capable of so much more.
This metal hanger is designed for your busy digital lifestyle.
It's versatility is contrasted by it's minimal design to help you be more organized and productive. It's more than a mere backpack holder: tablet & cell phone charger station, purse hanger, headphone hanger and holder, laptop holder and charger, coat and clothes holder & key hook.
Why is it called "Alfred"? You may be thinking it's named after Batman's butler, but that is not the case. It's named after my grandfather Alfred Kohli. This product is dedicated to honor his hard work and ingenuity. I learned a lot from my grandfather when I was growing up. In the Summer I would travel by myself to Switzerland to spend the summers with him & my Grandmother, where I would hang out him in his workshop. He was a master carpenter. I watched and learned from him as he built and crafted furniture in his basement workshop.
About Eric Strebel: An Industrial designer that runs Botzen Design, a consumer product design and development studio in the Detroit metro area, with over 29 years of experience. Specializing in iconic consumer products, and providing an exceptional design experience. He designs table top, handheld and wearable products ranging from hard to soft goods with and with out electronic integration, for the inhabitants of planet earth.
Below are the dimensions of the unit and the videos that show the process that was followed to design the "Alfred" Backpack Hanger. Ships with two mounting screws!
The prototype has arrived: Mar 22th 2019
Initial idea and proof of concept: Sept 2018
Building a Mockup out of cardboard: Nov 7th 2018
3D printing the first Prototype: Nov 21st 2018
Creating a Design Guide for Manufacturing and prototyping: Nov 28th 2018
Manufactured in the USA in Miami Fla. by MJM manufacturing https://www.mjmmfg.com
Risks and challenges
The product is a bent 1/8" 3mm metal plate product, it's fairly straight forward to manufacture. There is an anodized finish on the aluminum units, the stainless units are raw. Challenges could be the quality control of the finished parts since the products will be manufactured in Florida and I am in Michigan.
I do not anticipate any major material issues, since it is made from standard stock materials.
Shipping worldwide is probably the biggest challenge. First the product needs to be shipped to our location then packaged and then shipped to the backers through out the world.
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