simple and unobtrusive
I designed arch-y because I couldn't find a charging stand that I liked. Specifically, I wanted to be able to see the time on an alarm clock app when my phone is charging at night. I wanted a minimalist solution, that wouldn't clutter up my bedside table. Arch-y is a simple solution to a simple problem.
works with most cases
Arch-y will work with most cases, as well as a bare iPhone. I've tested it with the Apple leather case and the Otterbox Defender case.
Please note that arch-y is designed for the Apple charging cable. Aftermarket cables from other manufacturers may not fit properly.
I have tested a series of 3D-printed prototypes and I'm ready to send my finalized CAD data to an injection molder. Based on quotations from the molder, along with quotations for labeling, packaging, and shipping, I will need $15,000 to make and ship 1500 units, at $10 apiece. My target date for shipping is the week of December 15th, 2014.
October - Kickstarter campaign
November - injection molding
1st week of December - pad printing
2nd week of December - packing
3rd week of December - shipping
Risks and challenges
I have been an industrial designer, CAD modeler, and product development consultant for more than twenty years; and this is, by design, a very simple product. The design has been prototyped and tested, and I have accurate quotations for each part of the project. That said, if, after I receive sample injection-molded parts from the actual mold, I determine that slight changes need to be made, the shipping date may be delayed while those changes are implemented in the tooling. I have designed the part to be 'tool-safe' so that any changes will involve removing material from the tool, which is much easier (and quicker) than adding material.
Thanks very much for your interest and support.
- (30 days)