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Ed WilliamsBy Ed Williams
First created
Ed WilliamsBy Ed Williams
First created
$5,629
pledged of $30,000 goal
8
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, July 3 2017 4:00 AM UTC +00:00

What is a prototype?

A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:

Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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About

Save Energy For Your Home While Keeping It Beautiful With OpTex Screens!

Outdoor Solar Screens are the most energy-efficient product you can put on your home. You will save money on your electricity bill. But they are ugly. Extremely ugly. They don’t have to be. Not with OpTex Screens. Your home will be cooler, your utility bills will be lower, and you will have the look of Plantation Shutters from the outside. You can’t beat that...

 Multiple Patents Pending

What You Need to Do
Count your windows and take approximate window sizes. Any size at or below 48 inches (wide) X 96 inches (tall) is acceptable.

If a window exceeds those sizes, then it is most likely two windows side-by-side, and would need two screens.

Does your window have an Arch? Remember- an Arch counts as one OpTex Screen, in addition to the window it is sitting over.

When we are funded, we will then gather exact sizes from you and specific options such as: 

 

 

Risks and challenges

MANUFACTURING: One of our bigger challenges has been developing the frame, which will allow us to ship OpTex in a manageable size, while allowing you to easily finish assembly, upon receipt of the Screens. We have achieved that, and will be able to ship OpTex affordably throughout the US.

Creating the materials and the framing to manufacture a product like OpTex is expensive and requires expert knowledge to get it right. There is typically a 6-8 week lead-time to create the frames & fabrics, and this is where delays could occur. To minimize that possibility, we're working with metal partners and the textile mills with a track record for prompt quality.

PRODUCT ADJUSTMENTS: As OpTex Screens gets geared up for production, there will likely be some minor adjustments to improve the final product. Pre-production prototypes are made to test and refine the product and allow us to incorporate our adjustments and those suggested by experienced manufacturing partners. These will always be for the benefit of you, the consumer, and we will let you know exactly how and why any are made.

FULFILLMENT: Sometimes things go awry that can’t be planned for: a supplier misses a deadline, a machine breaks down, or a shipment gets lost. Those things could cause a delay. To minimize the possibility of manufacturing setbacks we will enter the manufacturing stage with at least one back-up supplier for each component pre-located and my product commercialization experts will help ensure smooth sailing from our suppliers and factories.

We will be working with suppliers who have years of experience delivering excellent products in tremendous quantities. There will no doubt be some surprises along the road, but any obstacle will be addressed by combining our internal knowledge with external expertise, and an overall goal of making the best possible product for you.

Any pledge amount brings us one step closer to our goal. Help us make OpTex Screens by clicking the ‘Back This Project’ button at the top of the page, or by helping us spread the word by sharing our page.

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    Pledge $5 or more

    Thank you! Your help, at any level, brings OpTex one step closer to a window near you. Thank you, thank you, thank you- and I'll keep you informed with all OpTex updates.

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    SOLO Supporter

    You’ll receive a reusable hard-plastic Party Cup with OpTex on the side and you'll also get timely updates as we bring OpTex to life.

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    CALM Supporter

    You get everything in the previous levels PLUS this American Apparel T-shirt featuring OpTex Screens.

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    OpTex EARLY BIRD!

    OpTex EARLY BIRD: Receive your very own, custom made OpTex Exterior Solar Screen, that blocks the heat and glare from your window, while providing the beautiful look of Plantation Shutters from the outside. This pricing represents any size up to 48” wide X 96” tall. You will be saving at least $100 off of the retail price.
    Please note- Specialty Arches count as one OpTex Screen and are separate from the window underneath it.

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    Pledge $95 or more About $95

    1 OpTex Screen!

    Receive your very own, custom made OpTex Exterior Solar Screen that blocks the heat and glare from your window, while providing the beautiful look of Plantation Shutters from the outside. This pricing represents any size up to 48” wide X 96” tall. You will be saving at least $100 off of the retail price.
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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    EARLY BIRD! 2 OpTex Screens!

    Receive 2, custom made OpTex Exterior Solar Screens, that blocks the heat and glare from your window, while providing the beautiful look of Plantation Shutters from the outside. This pricing represents any size up to 48” wide X 96” tall. You will be saving at least $200 off of the retail price.
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    Pledge $181 or more About $181

    2 OpTex Screens!

    OpTex Screens (2): Receive 2 custom made OpTex Exterior Solar Screens that blocks the heat and glare from your window, while providing the beautiful look of Plantation Shutters from the outside. This pricing represents any size up to 48” wide X 96” tall. You will be saving at least $200 off of the retail price.
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    Pledge $225 or more About $225

    EARLY BIRD! 3 OpTex Screens

    Receive 3, custom made OpTex Exterior Solar Screens, that blocks the heat and glare from your window, while providing the beautiful look of Plantation Shutters from the outside. This pricing represents any size up to 48” wide X 96” tall. You will be saving at least $300 off of the retail price.
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    Pledge $268 or more About $268

    3 OpTex Screens!

    OpTex Screens (3): Receive 3 custom made OpTex Exterior Solar Screens that blocks the heat and glare from your window, while providing the beautiful look of Plantation Shutters from the outside. This pricing represents any size up to 48” wide X 96” tall. You will be saving at least $300 off of the retail price.
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    EARLY BIRD! 4 OpTex Screens

    Receive 4, custom made OpTex Exterior Solar Screens, that blocks the heat and glare from your window, while providing the beautiful look of Plantation Shutters from the outside. This pricing represents any size up to 48” wide X 96” tall. You will be saving at least $400 off of the retail price.
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    Pledge $354 or more About $354

    4 OpTex Screens!

    OpTex Screens (4): Receive 4 custom made OpTex Exterior Solar Screens that blocks the heat and glare from your window, while providing the beautiful look of Plantation Shutters from the outside. This pricing represents any size up to 48” wide X 96” tall. You will be saving at least $400 off of the retail price.
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    Pledge $437 or more About $437

    5 OpTex Screens!

    OpTex Screens (5): Receive 5 custom made OpTex Exterior Solar Screens that blocks the heat and glare from your window, while providing the beautiful look of Plantation Shutters from the outside. This pricing represents any size up to 48” wide X 96” tall. You will be saving at least $500 off of the retail price.
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    Pledge $519 or more About $519

    6 OpTex Screens!

    OpTex Screens (6): Receive 6 custom made OpTex Exterior Solar Screens that blocks the heat and glare from your window, while providing the beautiful look of Plantation Shutters from the outside. This pricing represents any size up to 48” wide X 96” tall. You will be saving at least $600 off of the retail price.
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    Pledge $599 or more About $599

    7 OpTex Screens!

    OpTex Screens (7): Receive 7 custom made OpTex Exterior Solar Screens that blocks the heat and glare from your window, while providing the beautiful look of Plantation Shutters from the outside. This pricing represents any size up to 48” wide X 96” tall. You will be saving at least $700 off of the retail price.
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    Pledge $684 or more About $684

    8 OpTex Screens!

    OpTex Screens (8): Receive 8 custom made OpTex Exterior Solar Screens that blocks the heat and glare from your window, while providing the beautiful look of Plantation Shutters from the outside. This pricing represents any size up to 48” wide X 96” tall. You will be saving at least $800 off of the retail price.
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    Pledge $770 or more About $770

    9 OpTex Screens!

    OpTex Screens (9): Receive 9 custom made OpTex Exterior Solar Screens that blocks the heat and glare from your window, while providing the beautiful look of Plantation Shutters from the outside. This pricing represents any size up to 48” wide X 96” tall. You will be saving at least $900 off of the retail price.
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    Pledge $855 or more About $855

    10 OpTex Screens!

    OpTex Screens (10): Receive 10 custom made OpTex Exterior Solar Screens that blocks the heat and glare from your window, while providing the beautiful look of Plantation Shutters from the outside. This pricing represents any size up to 48” wide X 96” tall. You will be saving at least $1,000 off of the retail price.
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    Pledge $941 or more About $941

    11 OpTex Screens!

    OpTex Screens (11): Receive 11 custom made OpTex Exterior Solar Screens that blocks the heat and glare from your window, while providing the beautiful look of Plantation Shutters from the outside. This pricing represents any size up to 48” wide X 96” tall. You will be saving at least $1,100 off of the retail price.
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    Pledge $1,026 or more About $1,026

    12 OpTex Screens!

    OpTex Screens (12): Receive 12 custom made OpTex Exterior Solar Screens that blocks the heat and glare from your window, while providing the beautiful look of Plantation Shutters from the outside. This pricing represents any size up to 48” wide X 96” tall. You will be saving at least $1,200 off of the retail price.
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    Pledge $1,112 or more About $1,112

    13 OpTex Screens!

    OpTex Screens (13): Receive 13 custom made OpTex Exterior Solar Screens that blocks the heat and glare from your window, while providing the beautiful look of Plantation Shutters from the outside. This pricing represents any size up to 48” wide X 96” tall. You will be saving at least $1,300 off of the retail price.
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    Pledge $1,197 or more About $1,197

    14 OpTex Screens!

    OpTex Screens (14): Receive 14 custom made OpTex Exterior Solar Screens that blocks the heat and glare from your window, while providing the beautiful look of Plantation Shutters from the outside. This pricing represents any size up to 48” wide X 96” tall. You will be saving at least $1,400 off of the retail price.
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    Pledge $1,283 or more About $1,283

    15 OpTex Screens!

    OpTex Screens (15): Receive 15 custom made OpTex Exterior Solar Screens that blocks the heat and glare from your window, while providing the beautiful look of Plantation Shutters from the outside. This pricing represents any size up to 48” wide X 96” tall. You will be saving at least $1,500 off of the retail price.
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    Pledge $1,368 or more About $1,368

    16 OpTex Screens!

    OpTex Screens (16): Receive 16 custom made OpTex Exterior Solar Screens that blocks the heat and glare from your window, while providing the beautiful look of Plantation Shutters from the outside. This pricing represents any size up to 48” wide X 96” tall. You will be saving at least $1,600 off of the retail price.
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Funding period

- (40 days)