About this project
Hello… I’m Brian. Thanks for checking out my latest project… bottleLoft! I’m excited to work on the project and am confident I can make it awesome!
The idea came through observing a problem… specifically what to do about my crowded refrigerator. The introduction of a 6-pack or 12-pack of bottled beverages into my refrigerator creates space havoc.
After some thought, it was obvious that there was a lot of unused space at the top of my refrigerator… space that could help resolve my crowding problem. Having experience with magnets from my previous projects… the idea of magnetically ‘hanging’ bottles up out of the way was formed.
And so, I experimented, and experimented, and experimented some more. I developed prototypes for testing, iterating to get the best spacing configuration and magnet assembly size for great holding power. The resulting product is uniquely awesome and patent pending.
Each bottleLoft is comprised of 8 parts of 4 different varieties...
- 3 custom sized neodymium magnets, grade N52, the strongest available.
- 3 custom designed, custom machined steel cups to focus the magnetic strength.
- 1 custom designed, injection molded plastic rail (molded in the USA)
- 1 strip of 3M VHB (very high bond) tape, a special low temperature application grade suitable for a refrigerator
The two key aspects of bottleLoft design are the magnet assemblies and the adhesive configuration.
For the Magnet Design: A typical 12 oz. bottled beverage weighs 1.2 pounds. However, the magnet needs to have a much stronger pull ability as the bottle cap is the only metal the magnet can ‘grab’ onto… and a bottle cap is a pretty thin piece of steel. The magnet in bottleLoft is designed to attract a standard bottle cap and hold up to an additional 3.6 pounds. This provides a reasonable 3X margin for magnetic ‘hold strength’. Interestingly… if a single bottleLoft magnet assembly were to be used to simply hold a large piece of steel… it could hold a piece over 50 pounds.
For the Adhesive Selection and Configuration: A typical refrigerator temperature is 37 degrees Fahrenheit. A special low temperature application grade of 3M VHB adhesive will be used to ensure proper adhesion… and by using a significant amount (8+ square inches), a comfortable margin is gained as it is rated to hold 110 pounds per each square inch (or 880 pounds for 8 square inches) in ideal conditions. If we very conservatively ‘de-rate’ the application conditions by a 10X factor, the adhesive could still hold 88 pounds!
To assure a good clean adhesion surface, each bottle loft will ship with an alcohol prep cleaning pad.
So... why Kickstarter? The design is set, prototypes are made, but funds are needed to produce bottleLofts in volume. With backer support, I'll have the funds needed to have an injection mold made to allow production of the plastic magnet rail (this mold is going to be ~$5000 by itself). The funding will also allow for quantity purchases of the custom designed magnet and custom machined steel focuser cup. I'll be able to purchase the special adhesive in quantity as well. All of these bulk purchases allow for the bottleLoft components to be acquired at more reasonable costs.
Rewards are available to outfit your fridge (they make great gifts too!)...
I've had the good fortune of having 4 previous projects successfully funded on Kickstarter... so I have great experience with the process from funding through fulfillment.
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Risks and challenges
As detailed above, I have good Kickstarter experience and I'm confident I can execute the project per plan. Design-wise, I've prototyped and tested bottleLoft extensively and believe it is ready to go. As with any project that relies on outside suppliers for components, the major concern is having those partners execute on plan and on time as well. The machine shop, magnet manufacturer, injection mold maker and molder will all provide the components that I will then assemble, pack, and ship. I believe I've chosen good suppliers that will help me meet the project goals. Thanks for your interest and consideration!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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