>>> Updates since launch...
1- In addition to the clear anodize, I will be offering 3 other anodized colors... color poll in process... see the project updates.
2- For the small magnet version, I will be offering the original adhesive back and also a non-adhesive rubber back that will allow it to be 'magnetically attached' to appropriate metal surfaces... see more details in project updates.
Hello! I'm Brian and I'm a design engineer. I enjoy running Kickstarter projects... having successfully fulfilled 6 to date.
Using Kickstarter, I've been working on building the Strong Like Bull Magnet brand and product line.
On my bottleLoft project, I had several backers inquire about using bottleLoft in other ways... under cabinets, on wall, doors, lockers, etc.
So, I thought this was a perfect opportunity to make my version of a singular peel and stick magnet for a variety of uses.
Simply peel and stick to add a handy magnet wherever you might need one.
The adhesive is semi-permanent... meaning it will stay stuck where you want it, but can be removed with a little work. A plastic scraper working from the side will dislodge the adhesive.
I'll have extra adhesive discs available as on my website if you need it later on.
SLB stick magnets are available in 2 sizes... small and large. They are both plenty strong to hold everyday items... such as keys, pens, and small metal parts. The large definitely has more magnetic 'grab'... and more adhesive area for use to hold larger items such as hand tools.
For those DIYers out there.... sure you can just buy a magnet and add some double sided adhesive. But here's how I'm making Stick Magnets and why...
- Start with a high strength neodymium magnet and add a steel backing to direct and increase the hold strength on the front surface
- CNC machine an aluminum cover.... keeping a thin area over the magnet to protect the magnet face from repeated 'attraction impacts' of the various metal objects
- Stamp the aluminum part with the SLB logo... because it's cool (at least I think so!)
- Anodize the disc.... this operation creates a 'hardened' outer surface coating to keep it free from scratches
- Insert the magnet assembly into the aluminum cover and finish it off by applying a disc of 2-sided 3M Very High Bond (VHB) adhesive. The added aluminum housing also provides more surface area for the adhesive.
As far as colors go, I'm starting with clear anodized aluminum. If funding goes extremely well, that will provide enough part count to give the ability to add on extra anodize colors.
While I've done several Kickstarter projects, I don't Kickstart everything I do. Initially, I thought I would just add stick magnets to the Strong Like Bull line-up (SLBmagnets.com) by starting with a few manually machined parts to see what the interest would be. But, I decided to Kickstart it in an attempt to get enough volume to help fund the purchase of an impact press machine. The stamp press would provide a more consistent stamp impression... I typically have a good amount of variation with this stamping by hand with a hammer. Plus, it gets pretty tiring with a hammer;)
I always give regular project updates... some people like a few, some people like a lot, so it's hard to please everyone. For this project, I'll do a weekly Kickstarter update.... and I've started the Spoke Design Blog and plan to provide ~daily content of all sorts including commentary on the Stick Magnets project.
NOTE: Magnets are not toys and are not meant for small children.
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Risks and challenges
I have good Kickstarter experience, so I'm very familiar with the entire process. I do the design, prototyping, product assembly, packing, and shipping myself...but I rely on a few outside suppliers for the mass production of components (machine parts, magnets, die-cuts, anodizing). The main challenge usually involves coordinating the outside work to be done in a timely manner so that I meet schedule. Feel free to browse my previous projects for more insight into how I've done. Thanks again for visiting and your consideration... I'd certainly appreciate your support!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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