Forged Carbon Fiber Minimalist Wallet
Forged Carbon Fiber Minimalist Wallet
The first forged carbon fiber wallet by automotive designers. Level-up your every day carry, and express your autosport passion.
The first forged carbon fiber wallet by automotive designers. Level-up your every day carry, and express your autosport passion. Read more
About this project
Like no other.
The innovative 01W Wallet is constructed from a single piece of forged carbon fiber with a simple strap to carry your essentials in an ultra-slim form factor: 01W is manufactured using the same technology as carbon fiber supercars.
Racing is the art of pushing technology and team to the absolute limit; a labor of love. When it comes to wallets, we have pushed the envelope of this material's unique capabilities; that means is you get a lighter, stronger wallet with a superior material, and exquisite [not flat] surfacing.
Inspired by the beautiful curves of exotic automobiles, we designed 01W with surfaces and speed lines that catch light and show off the form; every angle is elegant and thoughtful.
- Forged carbon fiber construction
- Simple band enclosure (2 included)
- Weight: 15g (0.6oz)
- Size: 64mm x 95mm x 9mm
- UV-resistant resin with high-gloss finish
2 bands included: We are including a silicone and elastic version. The silicone band keeps things tight at 1-7 cards while the elastic band provides more stretch, allowing for more than 7 cards.
The journey to this point has taken almost an entire year. It wasn't all easy but in the end we believe bringing CARBONBUILT and the 01W to life will be worth it. Here's the story behind our road to Kickstarter.
Our team of industrial designers and composite manufacturing engineers have worked on countless composite parts ranging from aerospace structures to motorized vehicle components. When our team sat down to develop the 01W we asked ourselves: how far could we push the form of the product using the latest manufacturing processes?
Composite development is an art form and we knew that spending time creating real prototypes would go a long way in getting us closer to market. We fabricated a simple press and got to work iterating with developmental tooling and real carbon fiber material. The process took dozens of "make and break" cycles, two rounds of tooling and who knows how many adult beverages to get this point. Our 3rd and final mold design is complete and ready for production.
The 01W photos in this campaign are all prototypes, and the production units are going to look 10 times better!
Engineered Right: Forged vs Flat
Our competitors start with a pre-cured flat carbon fiber (CF) sheet and use a cutting process (usually waterjet or CNC machine) to create the shape. This process exposes the edges of the weave pattern to possible fraying and de-lamination.
The forged 01W Wallet is much better than the typical flat CF wallet. When our forged part comes out of the mold, it's a homogenous structure of compressed weave and perfectly cured resin. The fibers and resin remain intact without the chance of edge de-lamination. A forged component is prone to far less failure modes and retains its properties throughout the entire laminate.
CARBONBUILT products are built to last.
The road ahead: Next Steps
After investing so much time in the development we knew that we had to choose the right manufacturing partner. An exhaustive search led us to a team that we fully believe can execute to the quality we require.
Our team is confident that we have vetted and tested the risks involved with this project and that is why we are now coming to you. We are raising funds to fund tooling, minimum order quantity and any other costs involved with getting production ramped up.
Once the project is successfully funded, we will immediately engage the manufacturer. After they have produced the tooling and ran some validation parts, our team will head to the overseas factory to work with them to perfect the production details.
Join the pit crew.
You are doing more than backing a great wallet, you are helping start the engines of our brand and we are so grateful for that. All of our Kickstarter backers will be automatically entered into our WINNERS CIRCLE program. You'll get exclusive discounts and sneak peaks of upcoming products; we've many new things waiting in the garage!
We were fortunate to pilot the WINNERS CIRCLE with a group of 20. Here's what some of our early field testers said about the wallet:
"I've lost count of how many people ask me about the wallet when I am paying at a register."
"01W helped me simplify things, I realized I had been carrying around a lot of unused stuff in my dad-wallet!"
The beauty of speed, elegance, and machines.
We are a group of designers and engineers, and we share a passion for nice things ranging from automotive to everyday carry. We love to make things that are finely crafted and well thought out.
Our design philosophy is seen in the sophistication and elegance of our products -- we believe that our everyday objects are important, no matter how small.
1 Justin: Daily: BMW F15 X5d M Sport ///Dream Car: Ferrari 458 Speciale
2 Bolek: Daily: F30 M Sport ///Dream Car: 2015 991 GT3
3 David: Daily: '68 Porsche 911 Outlaw ///Dream Car: Ferrari F12
4 Charles: Daily: BMW i3 ///Dream Car: BAC Mono
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Press Contact: team (at) carbonbuilt.com
Press Images: Dropbox Folder Link
Risks and challenges
Our team is confident that we have vetted and tested as many of the risks as possible. That being said, every project we’ve backed has experienced challenges, no matter how experienced the team or how much cash they’ve raised.
The primary risk we have is what we have the least control over: the manufacturer. Our team has evaluated numerous options in the USA and overseas and ultimately chose a vendor that is the best balance of price, quality and expertise. While we are confident in our final selection, we also know that what is often communicated by a vendor can be misleading in order to secure the work.
The secondary risk is the delivery schedule. Delays are expected but we could only plan for a few minor ones in our schedule. Our communication will be regular and transparent about any challenges we encounter.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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