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$285
pledged of 60.000 $pledged of 60.000 $ goal
8
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, April 3 2014 7:22 PM UTC +00:00

About

My goal is to create a less costly version of my baseball/softball, hitting, training invention The Lightning Stick. It is my hope that we can get a Lightning Stick into the hands of every developing player.

Currently The Lightning Stick is manufactured using industrial grade aluminum, and a manufacturing process that is quite expensive. Moving to an industrial grade polycarbonate material will make this new Lightning Stick which is called The Lightning Stick "Revolution" much more affordable for everyone.

Here's a great video that explains how and why The Lightning Stick is such an effective learning tool:

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Here's how you would use The Lightning Stick on day one:

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Original Lightning Stick "Gold"
Original Lightning Stick "Gold"

 This is a photo the Aluminum version of The Lightning Stick. Notice the reinforced section that connects the handle to the main body. This is crucial to eliminate the possibility of separation.

Original Lightning Stick "Gold" Reinforced
Original Lightning Stick "Gold" Reinforced

 In the photo below you see The Lightning Stick "Gold" without its hand-grip. The thinness of the handle allows for proper handle to main body weight ratio. It all seems so simple, but it is truly an engineering triumph.

Original Lightning Stick "Gold" without Hand Grip
Original Lightning Stick "Gold" without Hand Grip

 The new Lightning Stick "Revolution" maintains many of the same elements of the original version. But the polycarbonate material makes maintaining the proper balance, weight ratio, and structural integrity an engineering challenge.

New Lightning Stick "Revolution"
New Lightning Stick "Revolution"

 The handle to main body reinforcement requires a completely different approach for The new Lightning Stick "Revolution". But we've got it handled (pun intended).

New Lightning Stick "Revolution" Handle to Body
New Lightning Stick "Revolution" Handle to Body

I could simply go with the method used to create the prototype and no one would notice the difference. But it wouldn't be nearly as effective in transferring the success from training with The Lightning Stick to using a real bat, which is what this is all about. So if you support this project I'll do it the right way.

Let's take one more look at The Lightning Stick in action from a Youtube video:

The current version of The Lightning Stick is very expensive to produce. Fortunately, I have a very solid, ten year relationship with the current  manufacturer, SR Machining, and they are excited to get started with the new Lightning Stick "Revolution" version when this Kickstarter project succeeds.

Let's meet the owners:

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 Here they discuss The Lightning Stick manufacturing process:

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In order for The Lightning Stick to truly be effective, the manufacturing must meet exacting standards to ensure weight, balance, durability and overall product quality consistency. 

Unfortunately, this has made the costs of producing The Lightning Stick much more expensive than other similar, but inferior products.

The Lightning Stick is the most effective tool available in creating powerful, consistent hitters, but at its current price point, many of the struggling players that could benefit most from its use are unable to afford to purchase one.

Here is a discussion on why this Lightning Stick "Revolution" project will reduce the price point:

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Project Production & Reward Fulfillment Plan- The-Lightning Stick Revolution

  • Develop and finalize production design - Determine final solution to reinforcing handle-to-body section of new Lightning Stick. SR Machining and I are extremely close. Final Decision - expected 2/1/2014
  • Create prototype based on final production design- expected date - 2/21/2014
  • Develop parts and materials supply chain - All parts and materials have been identified, including handle/body reinforcement alternative materials. Done
  • Develop custom manufacturing capability - SR Machining will handle manufacturing. - Done
  • Finalize total cost of goods - DONE

Post Successful Kickstarter funding

  • Creation of production molds - SR Machining is managing the process of creating production molds. We have met and conferred with the mold producers, identified specs and materials, final engineering consulting and completion is included in the mold production cost. Expected completion 6-8 weeks after successful Kickstarter funding. Est 4/30/14
  • First Production run - SR Machining has set aside manufacturing and production floor time required to producing up to 2500 Lightning Stick Revolutions in the next six months. Once the molds are ready they project 2-3 weeks for setup, tests, calibrations etc. barring any problems first production runs will begin one month after mold delivery. 5/30/14
  • Product testing after initial production run. - I will be on-site and will take randomly selected sticks from the initial production run and put them through a series of real world use tests to verify design integrity. This is in addition to SR Machining's in-house product quality control testing procedures.
  • Packaging and Shipping Kickstarter Rewards Versions. - We plan on shipping Kickstarter reward versions immediately after the initial production run testing and quality control assurances. Packaging will not be retail store ready, but will be sufficient to protect the product during transport. The red and blue versions will be the final versions shipped. -Est delivery start date 6/13/14 - Est finish date 8/13/14.

Project Production & Reward Fulfillment Plan- The-Lightning Stick Classic Version.

  • Product Manufacturing - SR Machining has been producing The Lightning Stick Classic based on demand for ten years, they estimate 2-3 weeks after a successful Kickstarter funding to produce and deliver to us 1000 of the Lightning Stick Classics. Est. completion 3/31
  • Product Assembly, packaging, and delivery -  The Lightning Stick Classic requires hands-on after production assembly for the hand-grip and end-cap. This assembly is done by me and my staff, over the years we have become experts at quick assembly, packaging, and shipping. Est. reward ship date  4/30/14

Project Production & Reward Fulfillment Plan - Mr. Baseball Training DVD

  • DVD development, creation & delivery - The DVD has already been created the packaging is completed and ready for delivery. Depending on the number of orders receive additional copies may be required. If they are required we have a production studio ready to produce them. This DVD covers all aspects of baseball skill development, not just hitting, but it contains an entire section featuring the Lightning Stick. Est. reward ship date. 2-3 weeks after Kickstarter funding is complete.

Project Production & Reward Fulfillment Plan - Lightning Stick Wristband

  • Development, creation & delivery - The wristbands will be produced after the Kickstarter funding is complete. The custom logo (designed by yours truly) will match the one used for The Lightning Stick Revolution. Est. reward ship date. 3-4 weeks after Kickstarter funding is complete.

The Lightning Stick is a truly unique and effective baseball and softball hitting trainer that will make a positive difference for any player who trains with it. Right now not everyone can afford to own one and I want to change that. I am asking for your help.

As you can see our manufacturers are solid and ready to meet the challenge of producing the new Lightning Stick "Revolution", and we have plans in place for producing all of the other funding rewards.

Please check out the funding rewards, I'm sure you'll find one that will help to make this project a reality. And, if you have a baseball or softball player in your life, any of the Lightning Sticks we're offering as rewards will make a great gift (and will truly improve their hitting).

Thank you for your time and support,

Joe

P.S. I don't like to toot my own horn, but here is a link to some testimonials about me.

http://misterbaseball.com/testimonials/

 I really want you to feel confident about making a pledge.

Risks and challenges

Over the years I have been approached by product developers, local and foreign sports equipment manufacturers, and private investors, but all of them were more interested in profit margins than product quality. So I persisted making small batches when my budget allowed.

But now it seems technology, chemistry and manufacturing processes have created the perfect storm to allow me to produce a top quality version of The Lightning Stick that can be offered to the public at a truly affordable price.

Technology offers me the opportunity to raise funding through crowd-sourcing (hint, hint) and market and distribute directly to the customer.

Chemistry has allowed new incredibly strong lightweight polycarbonates to be created that have multiple times the strength of steel at a fraction of the weight and cost.

Advances in manufacturing processes allows for real-time production perfectly suited to economically disadvantaged (broke) entrepreneurs needing made-as-ordered small production runs.

There are definitely still challenges to overcome, the main one being engineering to ensure the long term stability of the area connecting the handle to the body. We're close and have multiple options for solutions, but a final decision has not yet been made. The biggest obstacle is getting the funds raised to produce the molding for the new, lower cost option, The Lightning Stick "Revolution".

The same engineering and manufacturer that has produced the aluminum version of the Lightning Stick is set and prepared to produce this new version. Obviously there will/could be problems with the production of any new product, but SR Machining is a manufacturer who regularly meets quality control mandates and deadlines for the aerospace industry and government projects. They also have extensive contacts with other capable manufacturers in their industry to handle production if needed and I know they will be able to handle any design or production issues with our project.

Because we have been selling the aluminum version for the past ten years, I am very confident in our ability to ship and deliver the Lightning Sticks once they are available.

Everything is in place. The production of the mold is the missing piece. With your help in funding, we will have a successful product launch.

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    Thank you for supporting this project. You will receive an exclusive Lightning Stick Revolution wristband and updates on the project as they happen.

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    Exclusive Joe Magno, Mr. Baseball Training DVD Featuring the Lightning Stick, and updates on the project. This DVD covers all aspects of baseball not just hitting featuring some of my best training secrets. Enjoy and thanks for the support.

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    Early Adopter Special - (White) Lightning Stick "Revolution". Future retail price est. $59. Be on of the first to train with the new version. Includes access to an exclusive online video training tutorial design specifically for this new version.

    Link to tutorial videos will be sent to backers when product has shipped.

    Works great for baseball or softball hitters!

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    (White) Lightning Stick "Revolution". Future retail price est. $59. Be one of the first to train with the new version. Includes access to an exclusive online video training tutorial design specifically for this new version.

    Link to tutorial videos will be sent to backers when product has shipped.

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    Collectors Edition - Choice of (1) Limited Edition Enigma Red or (1) Vorado Blue Lightning Stick "Revolution". These exciting exclusive colors will never again be available for sale after Kickstarter.

    Includes access to an exclusive online video training tutorial design specifically for this new version.

    Link to tutorial videos will be sent to backers when product has shipped.

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    Original Lightning Stick "Gold Classic"! This is the lowest price ever offered, a full $20 off the current $89 retail price. Because we already have the molds for this version they will ship in early 2014.

    Don't worry you'll also get access to the exclusive online video training tutorial design specifically for the new version of the Lightning Stick. The information provided will work with all Lightning Stick versions.

    Link to tutorial videos will be sent to backers when product has shipped.

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    (Only 25) Invite to one week Exclusive Lightning Stick Hitting Bootcamp with Inventor Joe Magno. Camp does include (1) Lightning Stick "Gold Classic". (Camp only, travel costs & hotel accommodations not Included). You'll get an opportunity to work directly with me, and together we'll ensure that when you leave you'll be a greatly improved and much more confident hitter.

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