I created the Titanite Shield multi-tool because I don't like to carry alot of things in my pocket. But I am always in need of tools. There are always things that need to be fixed and I never have the right tool for the job. So I created this tool that can be with me at all times because it fits in my pocket with my smart phone. The Titanite Shield features 5 common wrench sizes from 1/4" up to 5/8", an Allen wrench, bottle opener, rope cutter, phillips and flat head screwdrivers, bike spoke tool and more. A metric version is available as well. Metric wrench sizes are 6mm, 8mm, 10mm, 12mm and 15mm. You will be able to specify standard or metric when we complete the orders. Due to the nature of the Laser cutting and bench finishing, we can customize the tool to your needs. This is available as one of the reward options. I have created this Kickstarter campaign so that we can get a large bulk order cut with the laser to keep costs down. We would need to cut at least 500 to make the bulk order cost effective.
After several pages of sketches and working through a few prototypes with the guys at our laser shop, we came up with a few prototypes. We tested them on bikes and my truck to see what would work best. We carried them around in our pockets to see how it fit with the phones.
My name is Mark and I am an Industrial Designer, I'm a bike rider and I'm an organic chicken farmer. I have worked in many different industries and have experience with a lot of manufacturing processes. Lately I have been doing a lot with heavy equipment where parts are cut with a high precision laser cutting machine.
After many hours brainstorming and sketching out ideas, I created some cad models of my designs. The Shield was the design that seemed to work the best and it was the design I liked the best.
Throughout the kickstarter process, I would like to get input from you on what you would like to see on the tool. From testing the prototype, I can see a few things that need to be changed. The Allen wrench works but most allen heads are recessed so the Allen wrench needs to stick out like the screwdrivers. It would be good to have two sizes as well. We have tried a few different ways to hold it on the phone. The first plan was to use Paracord. It would be nice to have the paracord with you when you need it, but it did not hold the phone well. We went to an elastic band and it works really well, it is thin and holds the phone well and provides a soft interface between phone and tool. We are also going to make available a leather pouch for carrying the tool and your smart phone.
First Reward: $20.00
First 150 backers can get the tool for $20. You get a brushed tool steel Titanite Shield Multi-tool with elastic band for attaching to smart phones
Second Reward: $25.00
You get a brushed tool steel Titanite Shield Multi-tool with elastic band for attaching to smart phones
Third Reward: $32.00
You get a blue or green zinc plated tool steel Titanite Shield Multi-tool with elastic band for attaching to smart phones
Fourth Reward: $40.00
You get a brushed Titanium Titanite Shield Multi-tool with elastic band for attaching to smart phones
Fifth Reward: $60.00
You get a brushed titanium Titanite Shield Multi-tool with a leather pouch that fits the multi-tool and your smart phone
Sixth Reward: $75.00
You get a brushed titanium Titanite Shield Multi-tool made to your specifications with a leather pouch that fits the multi-tool and your smart phone
Seventh Reward: $100.00
You get a decorative damascus steel Titanite Shield Multi-tool with a leather pouch that fits the multi-tool and your smart phone
We have contracted with the Laser Jet cutting company that helped with the prototypes to produce the final production parts. We will also be working with one of their partners who will provide the finishing processes as well as precision waterjet cutting for some of the harder materials. I have been working with these companies for a while now on other projects and they are capable of producing these parts in large numbers. It will not take long to cut these parts in batches of 500 at a time. A laser jet cutting machine or waterjet cutting machine can cut 250 of these parts out of a 4' x 8' sheet of titanium in a few hours.
Risks and challenges
So far the challenges to this project have been few. Bench cutting the screwdriver bits into the tool will be the biggest challenge. The first few prototypes were cut with a laser using nitrogen gas. This did not cause any problems in the prototype phase so it should go smoothly in production. Getting a supply of damascus steel may take time. Production will take place at Precision Laser Manufacturing who I have been working with on many projects for the past few years. We will also work with their partner Wagner Machining who will provide precision water jet cutting and finishing where needed. Both companies have agreed to work with us on this project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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