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$2,620
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46
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, February 3 2015 2:06 AM UTC +00:00
$2,620
pledged of $120,000pledged of $120,000 goal
46
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, February 3 2015 2:06 AM UTC +00:00

About

Simply better than any existing travel chess set.

  • Patented Decks swing-out with the chess pieces attached and provide a place for captured pieces.
  • Sliding latches make for stable play on lap or uneven surface.
  • Super strong magnets in chess pieces.
  • Rubber feet provide non-slip stable foundation.
  • Precision movement of parts.
  • Thick wall construction, long lasting quality.
  • Great design*.

* 3D Printed prototype shown. Production chess set will have smooth matte finish with precision movement and parts.

How we came up with our Goal Amount
How we came up with our Goal Amount

It's cheaper for us to make 1,000 sets and have a smaller Goal of $80,000.  But it's more affordable for backers (to get a chess set) if we make 3,000 sets.  The cost to make 3000 sets and break even is $120,000.  So the bottom line is we need many, many people to get on board to make this affordable for backers.

This is not your typical KickStarter where we can make a small number of units for a small number of backers. Please Share!

New products are introduced all the time.  Many simple one or two part products costs $30-$40!  Consider our chess set for a moment. It has:

  • 32 chess pieces, with strong neodymium magnets and felt.
  • 4 pieces of powder coated sheet metal, two of them formed.
  • 6 precision plastic parts, two with overmolded rubber.
  • 8 engineered friction pins to provide resistance of movement.

When you consider all the parts involved and the fact that this is better and engineered for quality, $40 is a good deal!

Decks provide a place for captured pieces.
Decks provide a place for captured pieces.
The decks swing-out from inside with the chess pieces attached.
The decks swing-out from inside with the chess pieces attached.
Latches are locked. When the two haves are locked, it's easy to swing the decks out and the playing surface is stable.  Arrows show which way to turn the latches. Arrowheads change direction according to the current position.
Latches are locked. When the two haves are locked, it's easy to swing the decks out and the playing surface is stable. Arrows show which way to turn the latches. Arrowheads change direction according to the current position.


Hundreds of thousands if not millions of people out there have inferior travel chess sets. We can help get them a better one.

You can see one of the small details that we really like in this video.  Before you twist the latches, the arrowheads point in the direction to turn them. They are then hidden and arrowheads on the other side are revealed to show the new direction for packing-up.  This kind of thing seems simple enough, but it's the result of many years and way too much thought.

Our Story:

William was traveling ten years ago and sat down to a game of chess with Tom from New York. They became good friends and played a good bit of chess (Tom won most of the time). As William traveled he couldn't find a set that he liked, so he decided to design a new one. He wanted to create a high quality set that provided a place for captured pieces. He showed his bad design to his brother, Charlie, who causally said, "You should make it so the pieces swing-out from underneath". Although he didn't tell him (because they are brothers), he knew Charlie was right. They got a patent and went to work.

We have designed many different types, sizes, and styles over the years. Even some out of perforated sheet metal. We produced a bamboo version that was sold briefly by Hammacher Schlemmer, in SkyMall and on Amazon. We made some mistakes, but learned a lot!! We were actually disappointed with the consistency of the manufacturing even though the product received excellent reviews. (See the reviews here and HoldenArt feedback here on Amazon). We have some gracious customers as you can see.  The reviews demonstrate our commitment to our customers.

With the knowledge we gained from producing the bamboo set, we now want to make the best travel chess set ever produced with improved functionality. The cost to manufacture this set is higher than we were hoping. Some of the costs are based on the fact that this set needs some seriously strong magnets in the pieces that require mold modifications. We can't have pieces falling off the decks if they get bumped. In fact the magnets in the pieces might be too strong for some people's taste. They do have felt to make them slide easily, but they grip like nobody's business.

We went over the numbers and felt that it was possible to get 3,000 backers and keep the needed pledge amounts reasonable.  We need your help to spread the word!

The Prototype: The chess set shown was printed with a 3D printer.  Although the prototype shown is from a different printer, we use a Robo 3D R1 3D printer and an FSL3D Pegasus Touch (SLA) 3D printer (purchased on KickStarter*!).  Both currently reside in William's living room.  Upon success of this KickStarter he'll be happy to move them to a proper space.

*We've supported two KickStarters: Build Matt's Oven and Pegasus Touch Laser SLA 3D Printer.  It doesn't show-up at the top of this page because we used a different email account for this project.

Specs: weight: 1.5 lbs (0.68 kg), Open: 1.5in (3.8cm)H X 8.7in (22.0cm)W X 8.8in (22.4cm)L, Closed:  3.0in (7.6cm)H X  8.7in (22.0cm)W X 4.4in (11.2cm)L, Playing surface 7.6in x 7.6in (19.3cm x 19.3cm), squares 0.95in x 0.95in (24.1mm x 24.1mm)

HoldenArt Tee-Shirt
HoldenArt Tee-Shirt
Our Bamboo Set that was previously sold on Amazon.
Our Bamboo Set that was previously sold on Amazon.

We never asked folks to leave reviews or feedback for our bamboo chess set that was on Amazon, although we probably should have, because that's what good marketers would do.  Here are a few blurbs. (You can see the complete text of all reviews and feedback from links above.)

* Article by Colin Martyn on HubPages How Chess Benefits Children

Risks and challenges

Detailed 3D CAD drawings are done with proof of concept complete. Engineering for injection molding and structural integrity is next and should be straight forward.

A huge (and costly) challenge is shipping 3,000+ units in a short period of time. We understand this very well and know how to get it done.

We like to joke around, but when it comes to meeting the commitment to our customers, we are all business. Since we've produced an earlier product we have a good idea of where things can go wrong. However, life is full of surprises and there will always be unforeseen issues. We will do our best to make sure tasks are done right the first time. If the injection molded parts do not meet high quality standards in movement and tolerances, some production may have to be redone which could result in delays. If assembly of products are problematic, adjustments will have to be made that could result in delays.

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    A huge THANK-YOU for your support!!

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    A black HOLDENART Tee Shirt with white HoldenArt logo on the front and a white "Swinging King" logo on the back. All cotton. Specify Size. Free Shipping within the USA.

    Again, A huge THANK-YOU because we know you can get cheaper Tee Shirts if you really wanted.

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