After several years of engineering school, I started to develop a passion for product design. I challenged myself to design an everyday object that I would be able to fabricate myself, embarking on a mission to design a pen to be carried with me every day.
Recently, the project took a different form when I decided to do a manufacturing run of these pens. The project went from design and fabrication to a mission to keep this project local in Massachusetts, keep the footprint low and to take it to market. Over the past year I have worked hard to make this happen.
After countless iterations and optimizing for efficient manufacturing, I have finished a run of 1000 pens. In order to finish the project, I need to pay for the ink cartridges and the packaging costs. In exchange for your early stage support of this project, you will get the pen at a introductory reduced cost. MSRP after kickstarter will be $55 from select retailers.
900 of these pens will ship soon after the Kickstarter campaign since all the hard fabrication and design has been completed. All I would be waiting on the finished packaging, which will be made locally and right now is pending funds. Once these 900 have sold (across several pledge types), a second run will be initiated and these pens will have a longer waiting period due to manufacturing that will not start until after the completion of the project.
Some early design process and fabrication of the prototypes can be seen on my website at ianschon.com/pen.
- Body and Cap made from 6061 Aluminum Outer Diameter= 0.5”, Length=4" (closed) 5-3/4" (open)
- Setscrew is ¼-20, 3/8", Brass
- Pressurized ink cartridge from Fisher in Boulder City Nevada (spr4)
- Production run: Local to Massachusetts:
- Custom slotted brass setscrews
- Cutting and printing
- 100% MA, USA made!
Special thanks to Mark Kammel for helping me by filming and editing the video.
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