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The Qclip

-The Q clip is a simple and unique device that protects and prevents curving of a flat bill or brim of a baseball style hat .

The Qclip

-The Q clip is a simple and unique device that protects and prevents curving of a flat bill or brim of a baseball style hat .

$400
pledged of $60,000pledged of $60,000 goal
14
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, November 29 2014 1:19 PM UTC +00:00

About

Hello, my name is Raul Quinones and I am the inventor of the qclip. The qclip started as an idea that would solve a problem that my Son was having with his baseball style hats, the bill of the hats were curving, and, that was unacceptable! Turns out that, nowadays the majority of sales related to baseball hats are the ones with a flat bill or brim. The flat bill has become somewhat of a fashion statement to the new generation.

The main problem was the curving of the bill of the baseball style hat. This could happen for different reasons, leaving the hat in a certain position, during transportation, inside a bag, even the weather could be a factor.

I thought to myself, there must be a device that will solve the problem. After doing some research, I found out that there was no such device in the market. I came up with an idea and started with the process of acquiring a patent for the idea. It took a couple of months between the writing, drawings (hand drawings to CAD), and the application to obtain a provisional followed by a non-provisional patent (Patent Pending). It is then that the idea of the qclip was born, with the purpose of preventing and protecting the bill of a baseball hat from curving, and in some cases restoring the original flat shape of the baseball hat, I started drawing very simple designs to address the problem.

During the design process we set ourselves a few requirements and after many tries, finally what I felt was the most , light, durable design that will do the job was developed.We designed the QCLIP to be a great fit with your hat. The first version of the QCLIP available through Kickstarter will fit standard hat bill or brim between 14cm to 19cm (almost 99% of hats fall on this range), avoiding the need of creating many qclips of different sizes. I presented my idea to a local manufacturing company and they developed the prototype so that we could test its functionality. 

qclip prototype
qclip prototype

The qclip is a very unique but simple device that solves the different problems. There are other devices, but their main purpose is to actually create some degrees of curvature on the bill, not a trend anymore . What makes the qclip unique is being the only device that purposefully keeps the bill of a baseball hat flat, while enhancing the hat by being customized by the wearers name, favorite college or professional team, favorite players, singers, TV stars, school, symbols, any message …. the options are endless.

qclip prototype in position
qclip prototype in position

It is a simple device because it does not require assembly and it is very easy to use.You only slide the qclip over the bill with the under tabs holding on to the bill. Because not all hats and bills are the same size. The qclip was also design to fit a wide variety of sizes

. This is where we need you! Our next step is to invest in injection molded tooling to produce these efficiently at a price everyone will smile about. We need your support and we need your orders, and if you like us enough to give us one or both of those, then we can make QCLIP a reality for everyone! Supporting us on Kickstarter will allow us to purchase the cast iron mould needed to produce the device, also allowing us to meet the minimum order requirements and packaging. Every penny we get from our backers goes straight back in to the Qclip. We can not do this without your support! Your pledge will go on elements to make the Qclip a reality. All of these components are 100% designed and crafted in the US! It's been a challenge, but well worth it. We're passionate about supporting our local economy, and we're committed to helping preserve some wonderful industries here in the US. Once we reach our goal, we will be able to get the Qclip in production. With your help we can make it happen. Once we have completed the Kickstarter campaign, we have a very clear schedule to get in to production. The cast iron mould takes from 4-8 weeks to fabricate. During this time, our packaging

will be manufactured. It's then over to us to finish the Qclip. We'll then package it up, and it should be in your hands by the end of January! If you love the Qclip like we do, and wish to write about the project, please do! Again, thank you for taking the time to view, and support the Qclip. We could not do this without your help, and we are so grateful to be able to share our passion with you.Please do not hesitate contacting me with any question or suggestions at rqrmd@yahoo.com.

Risks and challenges

We have worked for more than a year developing the qclip, going through various prototypes testing for effectiveness. We are asking for your support to fund our first large batch run and prove that the qclip is a product people want. Our main concern after the project is successfully funded will be making sure everyone gets their qclip on time. Even though we have everything planned and ready to go, there are still things that are out of our control.
Please do not hesitate in sending me an email if you have any questions, Thank You, rqrmd@yahoo.com.

Customer service is very important to us and we want to keep everyone as happy as we can, from when you pledge till you get the qclip and used it for years.We promise to respond to comments and concerns as quickly as possible.
However, as with most consumer products, injection molding is our primary risk and challenge, which require very large capital upfront, and could take up to 1 to 2 months to produce and perfect. For this reason we have put a great deal of strategy into the production of a molded part. We have packaging design ready and as soon as we order and receive the mould the packaging will be ready.

Timeline:
Kickstarter campaign (mid October to mid-late November)
Injection Mold ( 6 to 8 weeks, late-November through mid December)
First production (3 weeks, mid-December to January)
Ship to our backers! (2 weeks in mid-late January)

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    SILVER PLEDGE !
    Be one of our first supporters and you get one of our first Qclip lower than the retail cost! Choose from our color options through a survey after the end of our campaign. Add $25 for each additional "qclip" Free shipping inside the US.

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    PLATINUM PLEDGE !
    1 "qclip" in a color of your choice and a "qclip"baseball hat showing everyone you're a member of the "qclip" family. Choose from our color options through a survey after the end of our campaign.Free shipping inside the US.

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    GOLD PLEDGE !
    One "qclip" Limited Edition (Black with golden letters) with signature colors. One "qclip" baseball hat showing everyone you are member of the "qclip" family. Add $75 for each additional Limited Edition "qclip". Free shipping inside the US.

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    DIAMOND PLEDGE !
    1 "qclip" in a color of your choice , a "qclip" fitted baseball hat, and a "qclip" t-shirt showing everyone you're a member of the famiy. Choose from our color options and sizes (XS, S, M, L, XL) and hat size through a survey after the end of our campaign. Free shipping inside the US.

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