1. Prepare ahead of time - plan, prepare, then launch! I started working on this project in March and launched the campaign in September!
2. Have faith in your idea - you must believe in it! Over a year ago, I pitched this idea to my professor "Grampa" Fred Kiesner. I believed in the idea and so did he - we haven't stopped believing since.
3. Don't do it alone - build a team of people who believe in the product! I had the assistance of 5 incredible people, along with many other supporters - Marc Merchant, Ryan Gregory, Tom Sheppard, John Mezger, and Melissa Brown.
I would also like to recommend the help of a company called FilmBreak and their service called CrowdFundX - shoot them an email at email@example.com to learn more.
3-D printing is a great technology - but it is unlikely that we can achieve the desired strength for the product using this method. There are, however, new technologies emerging with regards to 3-D printed metal parts. This is definitely something worth looking into - thanks for the question.
The $79 pledge is the original pledge for 1 shovel and that order will be shipped first. The $65 is also for 1 shovel and will be shipped after the $79 orders are fulfilled. Does that make sense? Thank you for asking.
Yes, the red & black prototype is a functional prototype and it is the model that we are using for the full production. The final production tools are designed and colored to match this version as closely as possible - slight variations would only be for added strength of the production units. The final tool head itself is steel, the shafts are fiberglass, and the handles are composite and metal.