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tpad is the first refillable spiral notebook on the market. Made from Grade 5 Titanium, it is the only notebook you'll ever need.
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Please visit our tpad site for more information and to purchase tpads after this campaign is closed.

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Are you ready to start your next adventure?

With a 3 x 5 inch Titanium bound notepad with weatherproof pages and an elastic band closure, you’ll be ready to take your next trip anywhere. Put it in your pocket as your bike in the woods, or store it in your backpack when you hike your next mountain. With the tpad EXPLORER, you’ll be prepared for your next adventure.

This tpad is built for those who need durability.

Please see full specs and available options at the bottom.

Do you find yourself struck with an idea only to find it slipping away as you search for a surface to write it on? With 5 x 7 inch Grade 5 Titanium bound tpad you’ll be able to quickly write down your ideas. And, because this tpad is made from the sturdy titanium, you’ll be able to write without struggling against flimsy surface. Bring the tpad INVENTOR on a train, to a concert or anywhere you are when the next great idea hits you. Refill with a large selection of pages.

Please see full specs and available options at the bottom.

With a 6 x 9.5 inch tpad JOURNAL you'll be able to write down how you felt at the most important events in your life. It's larger pages allow you to write down every detail you want to remember and refill it when you run out of space.

Please see full specs and available options at the bottom.

How to find a refill at a store

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Whether it’s spilled coffee or the every-day wear, the legendary strength of the feather light Titanium in an tpad can withstand accidents that life throws at you.

Regular notebooks are flimsy, temporary and easily damaged.

tpads are made with a material used for space rockets and bulletproof shields, so your pages stay safe between Titanium plates until you are ready to use them.

Because of the legendary strength of the Grade 5 Titanium (the strongest metal in the world by weight), you’ll be able to write down your notes wherever you go and on every surface.

Unlock the Titanium Spring Lock (see picture above), open your tpad and refill it using pages from a huge selection of existing notebooks on the market. We follow industry standards so you can easily find notebooks compatible with your tpad. You can also make your own custom pages using common binding equipment found in many offices.

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Grade 5 Titanium Spiral Coil with a Grade 5 Titanium Lock converts a standard spiral notepad (left picture) into a Titanium notepad (right picture). All "E" series tcoils use 3:1 hole standard, the most common standard used throughout the industry (3 holes per each inch). If your spiral notepad uses this standard (most of them do), you can replace the original spring with our tcoil to create your own Titanium notepad.

The size of tcoil is specified by the length of the paper (coil direction) and the holding capacity in pages (approximate number of standard thickness pages).

$30,000

tpad EXPLORER will ship with a separate refill of paper. We don't want to thicken the design of this model, it is a pocket tpad. When you finish the original set of pages, just refill in under a minute.

tpad INVENTOR will ship more pages (from the original 160 pages to 320 pages) and larger tcoil to accommodate a thicker tpad. If you want to keep your tpad lighter, just remove some pages. It is, after all, a refillable notepad -- use as many pages as you want.

tpad JOURNAL will ship with more pages (from the original 200 pages to 400 pages) and larger tcoil to accommodate a thicker tpad. If you want to keep your tpad lighter, just remove some pages. It is, after all, a refillable notepad -- use as many pages as you want.

We manufacture covers for tpads from pure Grade 5 Titanium, the revolutionary material typically reserved for space missions and bullet proof shields of advanced weapons.

Such amazing performance does not come cheap. The price of Grade 5 Titanium is 10 times higher than already very expensive aircraft grade aluminum. Titanium rings sell on average of $130 to $350; we could make 12 Titanium rings from the material we use in the smallest 3 x 5 inch tpads; the covers of larger tpads use considerably more material.

The cost of the material is just the beginning. The problem with manufacturing anything in Titanium, the strongest of all metals (by weight), is that conventional tools simply break apart when one attempts to use them for cutting Titanium. The most advanced methods, like laser cutting, face extreme challenges when dealing with an amazing hardness of Titanium.

So we need to move to nono-scale technologies removing individual atoms of Titanium to create a perfect quality cut of extreme precision, but at a high cost of time. The smallest 3 x 5 inch tpad may take over 24 hours to process, followed by finishing operations which, again, need extreme length of time due to the hardness of the material.

The material used for tpad covers can easily shield you from bullets; it will also survive any number of trips in your back pocket. You can unlock your tpad and refill it at any time with a large selection of papers available using standard disposable notepads, or you can use your office spiral binding equipment to create your own custom paper pages.

The cost of manufacturing tpads is very high. We are convinced their quality will blow you away and all leather notebooks, regardless of their embossing patterns, will look as cheap imitations when matched with an amazing beauty and strength of Titanium bound tpads.

For anyone with allergies Titanium offers the only material which doesn’t react with human body.

tcoil ADD-ONs

to add any number of tcoils to any pledge, please use the table below for each tcoil added:

E3-50, ADD +$11 USA / +$13 International

E5-50, ADD +$13 USA / +$15 International

E6-80, ADD +$14 USA / +$17 International

E7-80, ADD +$14 USA / +$17 International

E7-140, ADD +$21 USA / +$17 International

E9.5-100, ADD +$17 USA / +$20 International

E11-100, ADD +$25 USA / +$29 International

E11-200, ADD +$32 USA / +$36 International

M210-100, ADD +$16 USA / +$19 International

M297-100, ADD +$26 USA / +$30 International

M297-200, ADD +$33 USA / +$38 International

Weather Proof paper

We are going to test several papers available on the market in various colors, from white to light blue and light green.

Refills

You can find the right notepad at a store to use as a refill for tpads or tcoils by matching the patterns printed on the page to the hole patterns in a notepad at a store. This IS NOT the final setup -- we will continue to work on our setup; the PDF file will be available when we ship the product. This is what we have so far - it takes a few seconds to find the right match for the refill.

Team

Tom Leszczynski (bio) Product Design, Marketing. I worked on a large number of projects, from graphic design to metal manufacturing.

You can contact Tom directly at tpad [at] santoren.com.

Paul Leszczynski Product Testing, Marketing, Sales. Paul is a successful sales and marketing manager.

Our Previous Kickstarter Campaign

We completed a successfully funded project Rotary Wedges with metal manufacturers in China and delivered all pledges to all backers on time.

Our project RongoRongo was fully funded and it is now in production.

International Shipping

Shipping is pricey. We calculate international shipping based on most locations in EU and Canada. If our shipping cost to your location is substantially higher than the price quoted, you may need to pay additional fees.

Funding Goal

We are setting our goal at $7,000:

  • $650 - Kickstarter + Amazon fees
  • $2,350 - Molds, CNC setup
  • $2,200 - Minimum manufacturing order
  • $1,800 - Shipment cost to our backers

Production Schedule

We contacted several manufacturers and obtained detailed quotes for the all components of tpad products.

Dec 2014 / Jan 2015 Kickstarter Campaign

Feb 2015 Tests of all components, including finishes tests. Extensive tests of assembled components in various configurations

Mar 2015 Production of all components.

April 2015 Sea shipment of all components from Asia

May 2015/June 2015 Fulfillment of all orders to our backers

All specs for products in this campaign are subject to adjustments in order to successfully manufacture the pledges. It is my goal to provide you with amazing looking products; we may, however, tweak the designs to satisfy limitations of the production environment and to adjust the design based on production model tests.

Product Development

We conducted a large number of tests for each tpad product, starting with 3D prints and including engineering stress tests for prototypes to determine feasibility of the concept.

10 lbs Sledge Hammer Drop Test from 6 feet

Standard notebook vs Ti cover

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10 lbs Sledge Hammer Drop Test from 6 feet

Standard spiral notebook coils vs tcoils / titanium coils

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Hitting titanium coils with such extreme force will leave a mark: see coils impression in a solid wood below. tcoil survived the hit with a barely noticeable mark.

Coil Binding

Spiral (or coil) binding is used for creating notepads, notebooks, documents, reports, and presentations. Documents bound with a spiral coil can open flat and offer 360 degree rotation for easy note taking.

Coil binding hole patterns. There are several hole pattern used with coil binding. Our final selection of the pitch for each product may be adjusted based on many factors, including the manufacturing tests.

4:1 pitch hole pattern uses 4 holes per inch on the edge of the document.

0.2475" pitch very similar to the 4:1 pitch. This pitch was designed to perfectly center 44 holes on an 11 inch binding edge.

3:1 pitch uses 3 holes per inch on the edge of the document. It is our preferred pitch (at the moment) because of a heavy gauge of our Titanium wire vs. thin standards used in the industry.

2.5:1 pitch coil (0.400 pitch coil) uses 2.5 holes per inch.

2:1 pitch uses 2 holes per inch

3.2:1 pitch (0.3125" pitch) is common for larger books.

Note

tpad(TM) is a trademark of Santoren Inc. tpad system of notepads, including the system for refilling them is patent pending. (c) Santoren Inc., all rights reserved.

All specs for products in this campaign are subject to adjustments in order to successfully manufacture the pledges. For example, the final number of holes in each tpad may be adjusted in production models. It is our goal to provide you with amazing looking products; we may, however, tweak the designs to satisfy limitations of the production environment and to adjust the design based on production model tests. The final weight of the product may be affected by these adjustments. The coil setup (pitch, diameter) may be adjusted to fit available paper supplies and may be different than the presented photos of the product.

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I am testing the prototype of tpad EXPLORER in everyday situations and giving it to other people to try. Here are some pictures from the time this campaign started:

Jennifer played with a tpad for a while today. "Look, it matches my dress," she said. A titanium dress... I didn't know they existed.

A road trip, using a tpad to make notes about directions to a place where the GPS appears to be quite confused.

packing for the trip the night before. Two high-tech materials: a polycarbonate suitcase and a titanium tpad.

late at night a tpad sparkles in the light; the beauty of titanium is quite overwhelming: there are no coatings here, just pure metal.

A tpad on top on a cow's hide.

Mark stopped by to take a tpad for a few hours to "pocket test" it, whatever that means. He uses small notebooks in his work.

Phil with tpad EXPLORER

and with tpad JOURNAL:

Low carb lunch (I'm trying...)

Getting ready for work: tpad, coffee (I roast my own coffee from green beans, this is a roast from 2 days ago), car keys, wallet, iphone5

gathering tools to fix the deck; a new rail layout is safely nested between two titanium plates of my tpad. Although I use very powerful tools, none of them is capable of drilling a hole in a tpad -- the hardness of Grade 5 Titanium is way above the capabilities of tools I own.

the last tennis match this year; keeping the score in my tpad EXPLORER. Two tennis balls are slightly lighter than tpad EXPLORER; three tennis balls are much heavier.

Best Wishes, Happy New Year!

testing some boxes and the retail layout for high volume packaging

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tpad EXPLORER news photo
link to this photo: http://goo.gl/aXJu0d

Risks and challenges

We delivered all pledges on time in our previous campaign of "Rotary Wedges" which required extensive engineering and prototyping of very complicated parts in China.

Tom has an extensive experience in managing large projects and a set of skills to deliver all pledges, on time, to our backers.

We have invested a substantial amount of time and money running extensive tests of prototypes in order to bring tpads to the market. We have obtained extensive quotes for key components and we understand very well scheduling, prototyping, working with suppliers and fulfillment issues.

Depending on the final pledge amount we will run fulfillment ourselves or engage a professional partner specializing in distribution of such products.

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    tcoil / E3-50 / 3 inch length x 50 sheets capacity, 3:1 pitch. Grade 5 Titanium Spiral Coil and Coil Lock converts a standard spiral notepad into a Titanium notepad. Please see info.

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    tcoil / M210-100 / for top binding A4 or side binding A5 / 210 mm length x 100 sheets capacity, 8 mm pitch. Grade 5 Titanium Spiral Coil and Coil Lock converts a standard spiral notepad into a Titanium notepad. Please see info.

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    tcoil / E11-100 / for letter size spiral notebooks / 11 inch length x 100 sheets capacity, 3:1 pitch. Grade 5 Titanium Spiral Coil and Coil Lock converts a standard spiral notepad into a Titanium notepad. Please see info.

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    tcoil / M297-100 / for A4 metric spiral notebooks / 297 mm length x 100 sheets capacity, 8 mm pitch. Grade 5 Titanium Spiral Coil with a Grade 5 Titanium Lock converts a standard spiral notepad into a Titanium notepad. Please see info.

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    5 x 7 inch tpad INVENTOR. Front and back covers, a spring coil and a coil lock, all in 100% Grade 5 Titanium. 80 college ruled white sheets (160 pages). Refill with a large selection of available pages or print your own refills. Available with or without a closure. Retail Price $225 (Kickstarter Special 40% OFF). Please see full specs and available options at the bottom.

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    6 x 9.5 inch tpad JOURNAL. Front and back covers, a spring coil and a coil lock, all in 100% Grade 5 Titanium. 100 college ruled white sheets (200 pages). Refill with a large selection of available pages or print your own refills. Available with or without a closure. Retail Price $309 (Kickstarter Special 40% OFF). Please see full specs and available options at the bottom.

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    3 x 5 inch tpad EXPLORER, the only notepad you'll ever need. Front and back covers, a spring coil and a coil lock, all in 100% Grade 5 Titanium. Elastic band closure. All-weather 48 sheets (96 pages). Refill with a large selection of available pages or print your own refills. Engraved inch and metric rulers on the back cover. Retail Price $145 (Kickstarter Special 40% OFF). Please see full specs and available options at the bottom.

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