A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
The Problem: Manual Fence Setting
Rip-it solves common problems for woodworkers: The time and effort needed to measure and set a table saw fence, and to get it right the first time.
A traditional fence requires a series of steps:
Turn off the saw.
Unlock the fence.
Measure your width and move the fence into position.
Lock the fence.
Measure again to confirm.
Proceed to cut.
And that's if you get it right on the first try! More often than not, you need to tap slightly to the left, then to the right and so forth until the fence is just on its mark. It's simply time consuming, tedious, and unnecessary
The inherent nature of a traditional table saw fence introduces opportunities for human error, wasted material, and wasted hours. A mis-set dimension means a mis-cut piece of wood and the need to set up another cut.
This takes time, costs money, and takes away from what you're there for: To cut wood. To create and build something new. A tool should enable you, not hinder you.
The Solution: Rip-it
Rip-it solves those problems. The steps to operate Rip-it are intuitive and will feel familiar:
Type your desired dimension.
That's it! Watch, as it quickly and safely moves to a precise width and immediately lock into place.
Woodworking enthusiasts love it because it’s fun to use, saves them cost in mis-cuts and lets them focus on the project, not a table saw fence.
Professionals love it for the same reasons and because of its impressive ROI. If you're paying a worker at $20/hr, Rip-it will pay for itself in a couple of months.
Rip-it uses the same technology and mechanical systems as CNC machines. In fact Rip-it can be described as a single axis CNC machine. This means it's incredibly precise, accurate, and robust. Simply put, it's dependable. Oh and you don't have to baby it either:
Everything you need to use Rip-it is at your finger tips. Functions, dimensions and information are all displayed on a beautiful full color touch screen display.
Rip-it truly is an automated fence. It moves to it's location and instantly locks into place with around 100 pounds of holding torque.
Rip-it automatically calibrates by electrically grounding to the blade. This ensures extremely high accuracy and precision. This only needs to be done once, right on machine start up.
Why buy Rip-it?
Why buy an automated table saw fence? Well for the same reason people bought automobiles instead of horses. Traditional table saw fences are archaic. The amount of hassle that goes into maintaining and using them just isn't necessary anymore.
Rip-it was conceived by master woodworker Jeff Hadaway. Jeff has been fine woodworking for 43 years now. For the last five years he has been living and working in Hawaii building cabinetry for multi million dollar homes.
The idea for Rip-it came to Jeff many years ago. Having worked on many projects over the years he saw a need and thought of a simple, elegant solution. He tinkered with the idea and eventually built the prototype pictured above. He then partnered with Oregon-based product design firm Steele Inc. in 2017 to fully develop Rip-it into a product.
In many ways Steele started from scratch. They reimagined what Rip-it could be, how it would function, and the impact on the woodworking world.
"We knew from the beginning that we wanted a touch display. This would open up a whole new world of possibility and allow Rip-it to be almost infinitely expandable. The entire product revolves around the touch display and thus surrounds the user. Everything you need to control the product is right there within reach. Angled perfectly so that it is always in sight. The rounded corners on the keypad are replicated, physically throughout the product. Everything was designed to feel familiar and intuitive.
After we developed 3D CAD and a solid engineering plan with robust software we began prototyping:
It's been said that a great product is made not when there is nothing left to add but when there is nothing left to take away. This couldn't be truer for Rip-it. We shed a considerable amount of weight, cost, the number of parts, and our production time. We combined parts and assemblies. We omitted a dedicated locking system and instead just let the motor act as the locking device (100 lbs of holding torque!). We got rid of a secondary track and instead designed the first one to be more robust, able to fit virtually any table saw. We cut the width down so that the display was more prominent. The list goes on! With everything we took away, value was added.
It took a lot of work but we spent a lot of time doing things right. If something could be better, we spent the time to make it happen. We now have an amazing product that looks great, works great, and doesn't cost an arm or a leg.
What's in the box?
Everything needed to operate Rip-it is included!
Rail: Rip-it uses this as it's track and drive system. The rail can fit virtually any table saw, and even more so on a table saw that is fitted with a Biesemeyer or similar "T-Square" fence. In fact you can use a Biesemeyer fence on this rail!
Rip-it: Rip-it is of course included, and easily attaches to the rail in a matter of seconds. Everything that controls and powers Rip-it is built-in.
Rip-it Base 100K
A fully functioning Rip-it that features Auto Calibration, Auto Locking, and Multi dimensional units (Metric, Fraction and Decimal)
Rip-it Plus 250K
If we raise 250K we'll add an on-screen calculator function and table saw control! You'll be able to turn your saw on and off from the Rip-it display itself! This introduces another level of safety, comfort, and efficiency.
Rip-it Ultimate 500K
If we raise 500K we'll add barcode and cut list capabilities along with everything from the 250K goal. This is ideal for both big and small shops that receive an order or BOM. Instead of typing in each dimension, just scan a barcode and Rip-it will move to the correct width after every single cut, all automatically!
In order to make Rip-it happen we need your support. Rip-it is now almost ready for production, but we'd like to add some more capabilities by reaching our stretch goals. The funds cover NRE costs as well as minimum orders and supplier/manufacturer demands.
Jeff Hadaway, Inventor
Jeff’s started working with wood in shop class in 7th grade. He took more shop classes in middle school and high school and never ditched it once. Jeff served four years as a Weapons Specialist in the Air Force after high school, after which he returned home and took a job in a cabinet maker’s shop.
Thus began a 43 year career in woodworking. Over the years, Jeff has worked for a variety of small and large shops, along the US West Coast and in Hawaii. He’s been working the last five years building custom cabinets for high-end homes on the shores of Maui.
Jeff is inspired by efficiency and quality. He has studied shop layouts and how to remove bottlenecks. Jeff believes that good work habits, good quality and enjoyment of work all go hand in hand.
Now Jeff is returning to Roseburg, Oregon, where his extended family lives. He is setting up shop and devoting himself full time to bringing Rip-it to market and making his product vision a reality.
Steele Inc., Key Partner
Steele Inc. is a full service product design company based in Corvallis, Oregon. The company brings together design, engineering and prototyping to bring product ideas to life in a multi-phase process, providing engineering support every step of the way.
Jeff brought his idea to Steele, and together they developed the current prototype for Rip-it. They developed CAD, software and firmware, and produced the prototype.
By partnering with Steele, we have their vast network of manufacturers, suppliers, and years of experience and expertise backing Rip-it.
Risks and challenges
Risks and Challenges
Any kind of new venture involves a level of risk. No one is immune to risk. As the saying goes: Man makes plans and God laughs.
That being said, we have done the hard part: Design, engineering, and prototyping. We have adjusted and tested each aspect of the product. With every failed design, with every flaw we have built a better solution. We've found ways of not doing things and we've stripped out complexities. We have looked at worst case scenarios and have kept manufacturability in mind since day one. Put simply, we put in an incredible amount of work BEFORE this campaign so that we don't have to do it later.
Rip-it will always be updatable. Support and software updates will continue well after this campaign and will continue for the life of this product.
We have suppliers, we have manufacturers, and we have engineers. Our team is small but robust with a professional product design company in our pocket. Steele Inc. is a professional product design firm that brings together electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, software development and creative design expertise as well as a plethora of suppliers and manufacturers, themselves included. The company specializes in creating production-ready designs and prototypes as well as limited production capabilities. In addition we have sources for every part of Rip-it and no one part has just one source. We have plan A, B, and C.