Flexy is all about carrying less stuff in your pockets. It's slightly bigger than a credit card, and super thin (.065" or 1.65 mm). It's ultralight at 13 grams (.46 ounces).
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 money clip so thin that it would be almost unnoticeable in your pocket. We wanted it to separate cash and credit cards, so you don't have to fumble around at the register. Finally, we wanted it to open beer...
Flexy does all that, and looks good doing it.
Its double-sided functionality is due to a patent-pending monolithic "flexure bearing" design. Unlike traditional money clips, you get two places to organize your cards and cash. Made from 3 layers of aerospace-grade carbon fiber, and forged under high heat and pressure, Flexy is strong and light - approximately 13g light! The strength provided by the carbon fiber is what enables it to open bottles, and to work as an incredibly stylish money clip for that matter.
Flexy will be manufactured in Tucson, AZ from raw carbon fiber fabric and epoxy resin using a proprietary molding and CNC machining process developed by the inventor's small business, Sargent Research, LLC. The company has been serving the aerospace and defense industries since 2010, providing engineering and composites manufacturing services. With Flexy, we hope to launch our Carbon Tactics line of products, which will be our first entry into consumer goods. We want to bring aerospace technology to the people, and we hope Flexy is the first of many great lifestyle products that will accomplish that.
We Need Your Support
Carbon fiber products are expensive. There are a lot of good reasons for that, but we want to make our product accessible 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 production run.
Risks and challenges
We buy carbon fiber fabric by the roll. We have plenty of material on-hand to make the clips if we meet our goal, and if demand is high enough, we'll just buy another roll. We also have epoxy resin on hand, and can source more if needed. We have multiple US vendor options for both carbon and resin, so we are somewhat immune to supplier shortages.
We will mold the material using equipment owned and operated by us. We will do all molding ourselves to keep costs down. Our molding process has already proven itself in aerospace R&D projects.
We have the CNC machining equipment we need in-house. If demand is high enough, we can outsource some machining operations to another local shop to increase our rate of production.
We are very confident in the design, and have tested it thoroughly, but small refinements may still be made. For example, we would like to add a small logo. We may engrave the logo, or we may have it screen printed by a local shop. If this step proves impractical or overly time-consuming, we'll just skip it.
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