Why Create the Mode Mount?
With the introduction of Apple’s newly redesigned Mac Pro, consumers are left wondering how to “deal with” the new iconic design. Where would it go? How can it be stored as a server? How do I place it with other equipment in a workstation?
The new design of the Mac Pro is sleek and streamline. However it does not attach securely onto a server rack system. This poses a problem for professional consumers. When speaking with photographers, video production companies, audio mobile and post houses, both remote and studio-based, the concern was the same across board:
The new Mac Pro does not mount into the racks professionals currently use for their equipment.
What is the Mode Mount?
A premium quality tool for the professional, the Mode Mount provides a stable, easy to use system for mounting the New Apple Mac Pro onto any industrial rack. This system will support the Mac Pro tower, protecting the valuable equipment and attaching it securely to your professional server rack. Our product will add function and utilize the enhanced form factor that Apple has developed with the Mac Pro.
Mode Mount Horizontal creates maximized space flow, allowing you to rack two Mac Pros in a 4u space. In a January memo, Apple confirmed that "although the Mac Pro is designed to operate in an upright position, you can also use it on its side."
Mode Mount Desk lets you mount the Mac Pro securely below your desk.
Mode Mount Vertical allows for the Mac Pro to be installed onto the back or front of your racking system. This mount is designed for stationary server racks only. We don't recommend it for mobile cases/racks. If you're looking to rack mount on a mobile case or rack, Mode Mount Horizontal is more stable as it connects to the back and front of the rack.
Compliments the clean and uncomplicated design of the Mac Pro.
The thin bands of the Mode Mount showcase the Mac Pro design as much as possible without losing stability. The Mode Mount is also made from aluminum, giving it the look and feel of an Apple product.
The Mode Mount securely locks the Mac Pro into place without obstructing the base of the computer.
Securely holds the Mac Pro in place.
Functioning much like a bike post clamp, the Mount clamps around the tube to hold it in place. The Mode Mount also includes a bottom tab and an upper, retainer tab to add additional safety for mobile units. These rings will also have a coated interior to minimize any scratching or damage to the Mac Pro. A protective gasket between the Mac Pro and the Mode Mount will further minimize damage by helping with vibration and scratching.
Allows easy access to the multiple port connections.
How is it made?
Our process is purposeful with minimal amounts of materials. Inspired by Apple’s design philosophy, the Mode Mount was created with high quality precision. Every piece is extruded from premium grade aluminum. The stunning design is then placed into an aluminum-anodized process, revealing a product of not only high value but integrity.
The design work for the Mode Mount is already completed. We’ve also already had estimates made for the tooling and machining costs. Once funded, the money will be used to pay for the tooling set-up, manufacturing and packaging costs. We estimate that it will take approximately 3.5 months after getting funded to ship out our first round of 600 Mode Mounts. Our goal is to have the first shipment out by September 2014. If we exceed the amount needed for our project and it seems there is an influx of interest, we plan to open up the product offering and do a second round of deliverables to be shipped at a later date.
Risks and challenges
As with any product, once we dive into production, there is potential for changes in manufacturing costs. Taking into account both high and low bids, we’ve done our best thus far to calculate for this risk. If production costs do increase, however, it will not affect our Kickstarter backers. We plan to only adjust the final price for post-Kickstarter customers.
The risk of production delays is also a reality. If delays do occur, we plan to immediately update all Kickstarter backers of any changes to the estimated delivery.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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