UPDATE: Missed us on Kickstarter? No problem! Flexy will soon be available on our website: carbontactics.com
Thank you to all of our backers that have made this project possible!
Flexy isn't really a wallet, but it isn't your daddy's money clip either. It's just a better way to carry cash and credit cards.
Version 2.0 of Flexy is better than ever, and with your support I hope it will become the next Kickstarter addition to the Carbon Tactics line of products.
Flexy 2.0 is all about carrying less bulk in your pockets. It's the next generation of my original invention, tweaked and improved to utilize titanium, anodized aluminum, and an improved carbon fiber construction. This enabled us to increase holding capacity to 10 cards or 50 paper bills without increasing bulk.
You can organize your stuff by putting credit cards, ID etc on one side, and paper money on the other, or mix and match as you see fit.
We wanted a wallet so thin that it would be almost unnoticeable in your front or back pocket. We wanted it to separate cash and credit cards, so you don't have to fumble around at the register, and we wanted it to come in a variety of color and finish options to suit your taste.
Finally, we wanted it to open beer...
We created 3 versions to challenge you to think OUTSIDE the wallet:
1. Flexy Aluminum
Made from aerospace-grade 7075-T6 Aluminum, which is about 50% stronger than typical 6061 Aluminum, it is just .063 inches (1.6 mm) thick. It comes in a variety of anodized colors and is the most economical version. It holds up to 10 cards, or 50 paper bills, and it also opens beer.
2. Flexy Titanium
Made from Titanium, which is about 30% stiffer than aluminum, we were able to bring the thickness down to just under 1 mm. We chose to use Commercially Pure Grade 2 Titanium, which is most often used in the medical field for orthopedic applications as well as airframe and aircraft engine parts. It has great fatigue properties and excellent corrosion resistance, meaning it should function beautifully for years. It holds up to 10 cards, or 50 paper bills. It does not open beer.
The optional bead blasted surface finish is silky smooth, and gives Flexy a uniform satin finish similar to the metal back of an iPhone. It just feels so nice...
3. Flexy Carbon Fiber
For Flexy 2.0, we updated the layup schedule of our aerospace-grade carbon fiber to provide better flexibility and resilience as well as a much-improved surface finish. We are now using thinner layers of carbon fiber, but more of them. We've also optimized the machining process, tweaked the geometry slightly, and implemented stringent quality control checks into the manufacturing process. It's 1/16" (1.6 mm) thick and holds up to 8 cards or 40 paper bills. Did I mention it also opens beer?
How It Works
The patent-pending shape is the magic that makes Flexy simultaneously rigid and flexible. We used finite element analysis coupled with lots of testing to create the optimum geometry that maximizes the flexing potential of each material without exceeding its limits. Flexy is designed to last for over 100,000 card insertion cycles.
UPDATE: ANODIZED TITANIUM!
With the outstanding backer support we quickly exceeded our original funding goal! This gave us some time to work with Brad at Tactical Keychains who offered to help us offer some anodized Titanium options. I received the prototypes back, and they look awesome, so here they are!
Flexy 2.0 is our fourth project on Kickstarter. We are proud to have delivered early on every project so far. First we made Flexy 1.0 to hold your cash and credit cards. Then we made Switchy to organize your keys, and finally we made Cinchy to hold up your pants. From manufacturing methods, to quality control and order fulfillment, we hope to continually improve in every area to ensure that the production process goes smoothly. We aren't perfect, but if we mess up, we try to make it right.
Carbon fiber parts will be manufactured in Tucson, AZ by the creator's company, Sargent Research, LLC. The company has been serving the aerospace and defense industries since 2010, providing engineering and composites manufacturing services.
Aluminum and Titanium parts will be machined by one of our partner machine shops, also in Tucson, AZ. This partner made the prototypes and we are very pleased with their quality.
Anodizing will be performed by yet another local vendor that has a track record of success in anodizing parts for other Kickstarter projects. They produced the sample anodized finishes on the prototypes pictured here.
We Need Your Support
CNC machining parts out of aerospace-grade materials is expensive. There are a lot of good reasons for that, but we want to make Flexy 2.0 available to everyone. The only way to bring the cost down is to manufacture parts in large batches, and we hope your support on Kickstarter will enable us to ramp up for our first Flexy 2.0 production run.
I stand by my work 100%. If we make an error in fulfilling your reward, or if you get your reward and decide you don't like it for any reason within 30 days of receiving it, you can send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will take care of you.
Risks and challenges
We are very confident in the design, and have tested it thoroughly, but small refinements may still be made.
We have verified that our vendors have the CNC machining equipment and know-how to manufacture the metal parts in a timely manner. Carbon fiber parts will be made in-house using methods refined over the course of 3 Kickstarter projects and thousands of parts. If demand is great enough, we may subcontract some machining operations to another local shop.
Our anodizing partner came recommended by multiple other companies and we have tested their service in the manufacturing of the Flexy 2.0 prototypes pictured here. We are confident that they can do the job well.
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