About this project
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The KeyPack is easy to assemble and there is no need for a screw driver. Instead, you just need a common dime to assemble the KeyPack.
The custom screws in the KeyPack have been designed to not become loose or pop-out un-expectantly. If, for whatever reason the KeyPack does come loose, there is enough threading on the screws that the KeyPack plates will wiggle significantly before the screws completely fall out.
I have had KeyPacks tested for over a month by many testers and no one lost their screws or had their KeyPack fall apart. The above GIF shows me trying to make the screws come loose, but as you can see the slot on the screw doesn’t move.
Why Would I Need Spacers?
Spacers are used if you are using less then the maximum amount of keys. The spacer takes the place of a key to allow any keys in the KeyPack to remain snug.
Will My Key Fit?
Assuming your key is flat the answer is YES!!!
Since the screws are custom made any key that has a hole diameter of 3.75mm or larger will fit. I have tested over 40 different keys and they all have fit no problem. Please keep in mind there still might be a key out there that doesn’t fit, but any flat key I could get my hands on in North America did fit.
A Bit About Me and the Story Behind The KeyPack
My name is Charles Williams (founder of Charles Williams Company) and I am an Industrial Designer in Ottawa, Canada. I always have had a passion to create new products and tools that will help people in their daily lives. When Kickstarter first came out it was a dream of mine to one day to make a campaign. I still remember how excited I was when Canadian creators were finally able to post campaigns.
When creating The KeyPack I was able to change the way I conducted my creative process. Normally I would find what ever material I had close to me (wood, plasticine, foam core) and start hacking away at prototypes when designing a new product. I recently purchased a 3D printer with the profits of my first Kickstarter campaign The DesignLiner and have fallen in love with how I can get dimensionally accurate prototypes, quickly and cost effectively. By now being able to bring my sketches to life I was able to significantly reduce the time it takes me normally to finalize the design of a product.
My Inspiration for the KeyPack first came when I accidentally stabbed the whole shaft of a key in my leg after a bad fall on a trail run. I quickly realized that if my keys were not pointing in all different directions when jiggling in my pocket, I would have never had a key stuck in my leg. I was now on the hunt for a solution.
A few days later I came across a set of keys tied to a stop sign on a street that shares the same name as mine.
I noticed how flat the keys looked and when looking at the holes in the keys I also noticed how different the holes in the keys were and the different widths of the keys.
It now became very obvious to me that it made sense for keys to be stored flat. When I got home I took keys and moved them around to figure out what would be the best position to arrange them in. I wanted to make the KeyPack as small as possible without losing functionality.
It took many 3D printed models before I got the shape, size and feel I wanted. The combination of 3D printing and Kickstarter has allowed me to experiment with new products that I will ultimately present to backers.
There were no screws on the market that would work properly so I made my own.
Kickstarter has allowed me to start my career as an Industrial Designer with my first successful campaign The DesignLiner. When people back my campaigns I hope they realize their contribution does more then just bring a product to market. I am always thankful for every backer I get and I look forward to the roller coaster ride of every Kickstarter campaign I create.
In order to bring the KeyPack to market I need help from backers to fund the first large production run of the KeyPacks. Being a very small company I simply don't have the capital to bring a product to market all by myself.
Thank you again for anyone who supports the campaign.
All the best!
Risks and challenges
Every project has its set backs and I have done my very best to eliminate any chance of the KeyPack being delayed or uneconomical to make.
I have taken the extra step to make a small run of the final design before posting my Kickstarter campaign to help eliminate unforeseen issues and costs.
Manufacturing is done in North America, which helps eliminate long lead times and makes it possible to get product more quickly to you, the backer.
The only issue that I see as a “risk” is the date of delivery for the KeyPack since sometimes unexpected delays do occur.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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