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karl biewaldBy karl biewald
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karl biewaldBy karl biewald
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About

A Wizard's Game...

For those unaware of our culture, us Wizards are a very social and competitive bunch. One of our favorite pastimes is to engage in a heated game of "The Wisest Wizard", also known as "Wizard Stick" if you reside east of Hothendorn. In this game, a Wizard will finish his/her favorite canister of beverage, then tape a fresh canister on top of it. After you empty that second canister, you tape a third fresh treat upon that one. Repeat at will. Soon enough, you have a small BrewStaff in which to contain your favorite beverage. Over time, your staff can grow to great heights and wield great power indeed!

Now, I'm not sure about all you other Wizards out there, but I found myself having a hard time constructing my BrewStaff using the traditional methods for a number of reasons. One, in the heat of battle, I fumble with all the materials. You have to hold your staff in one hand, find the tape edge with your other hand, and wrap tape around your new brew with your third hand! Second, the tape becomes slimy when you inevitably spill a little during the process. Lastly, it just feels unbecoming to a Wizard to have a staff made up out of tape!

A Wizard's Plight: A shoddily-taped BrewStaff
A Wizard's Plight: A shoddily-taped BrewStaff

Well, NO MORE my Wizard brethren! For I have conjured the BrewStaff Wizard Clip! Be rid of tape and simply snap a Wizard Clip to the top of your spent beverage, then snap your new beverage into the Wizard Clip. Build your BrewStaff tall and true! Has a Wizard ever had it so easy?

Securely Snap Canisters End-To-End
Securely Snap Canisters End-To-End

A short snippet I filmed in my Lair details the action. You can see how the Wizard Clip snaps onto my empty brew and then I pop things up to a Level 2 Staff by snapping my new refreshment on top. Let your Wizard's creative side loose and personalize your Wizard Clips! Silver and Gold clips with Enchanted Bling lets other wizards know that I'm no amateur.

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Nothing more to do but tilt back and drink deep from your BrewStaff. For the Wizard whose staff is tallest, is the Wisest Wizard indeed!

Combine your elixer into a Tall BrewStaff!!!
Combine your elixer into a Tall BrewStaff!!!

One set of five Wizard Clips is enough to build-up a Half Staff of six standard 12-oz canisters. A more emboldened Wizard may choose to wield an Apprentice Staff using ten clips. For those Wizards that have cast more than a spell or two in their day, the fifteen-clip Wizard's Staff is the proper choice.

Half-Staff, Apprentice Staff, Wizard Staff Sizing Chart
Half-Staff, Apprentice Staff, Wizard Staff Sizing Chart

Click-In your cans! Build a mighty BrewStaff! Have Fun!

Wizard Clip Prototype Testing
Wizard Clip Prototype Testing
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Concocting the BrewStaff Wizard Clip - A Design History

I started in my lair using SolidWorks to design a series of Wizard Clip prototypes. After trying different shapes, different diameters, different materials and different snapping options, I finally conjured up the design below.

Final Design, SolidWorks Screen Capture
Final Design, SolidWorks Screen Capture

Now, CAD is a great tool for designing molded parts like the Wizard Clip. You can make sure the part is easy to mold and that it doesn't cost too much. But at this point, the idea is still only in the digital Ether. Every Wizard knows that if you want to throw a bolt, you gotta chant a spell.

Draft Plot and Parting Line for Molding
Draft Plot and Parting Line for Molding

Meaning, I had to get the Wizard Clip out of the computer and into testing. Thank The Gods that this Wizard has a 3D printer in his Lair. Over twenty-five different designs were tested and thrown aside before these sweet babies came out of the oven.

FDM 3D Printed Prototype of BrewStaff Wizard Clip
FDM 3D Printed Prototype of BrewStaff Wizard Clip

To get more detailed about the Patent Pending Wizard Clip design, take a look at a single prototype part. The Wizard Clip is simply two snap rings dressed-up in wizardly fashion. The lower ring snaps onto the top of a standard 12-oz can and the upper ring snaps onto the bottom of the next can. Small ramped "detents" grip the upper and lower rim of the can, but also allow the Wizard Clip to be removed repeatedly without breaking. In order to mold these features simply, shut-off windows are necessary in the mold and add three little widows around the outside of the part. I added a Logo Platform to proudly display the BrewStaff product name. A Wizard Clip wouldn't be fit for a Wizard if there weren't wizardly flair! The winged ribs and castellations do just that!

Wizard Clip Part Features
Wizard Clip Part Features

 A detailed close-up of the Wizard Clip in action shows how the snapping works. If you look close, you can see the can is slightly indented from the ring. This is the key to snapping to the bottom of the can where there is no rim! They can fit slim and tall-boy cans as well, as long at the upper rim is the same diameter as a standard U.S.12-ounce canister.

Can Connection Detail
Can Connection Detail

The Wizard Clips are designed to stack. This helps multiples stay together on your shelf as well as making them easier and cheaper to ship. And when trouble strikes, you're only a quick grab away from adding another level to your Wizard Power.

Nested Stacking Keeps the Wizard's Cupboard Tidy!
Nested Stacking Keeps the Wizard's Cupboard Tidy!

 Nothing more to do other than have fun!

Coming together as Wizards for Wizards
Coming together as Wizards for Wizards

Why would a Wizard need Gold?

  • A Wizard's gold = The Dwarven Mold:

Each Wizard Clip is molded from rigid plastic. The tool needed to mold a significant quantity of Wizards Clips is quite expensive. I searched the lands and spoke with various Smiths about prices to produce both the molds and the Wizard Clips themselves. It was the Dwarven molds that were of reasonable value and would produce Wizard Clips at a reasonable price. As with any production part, the price becomes lower as the more parts are made. In order for a set of Wizard Clips to get to a price fit for a Wizard's strict budget, quite a number have to be made at a large expense.

  • To Ship a Wizard's Clip:

Each set of five Wizards clips is packed into a standard shipping box and shipped via Raven.

  • The Wizard's Apprentice:

Try as I might, I am but one Wizard. In order to deal with all the tasks involved with the Wizard Clip, I'll need an Apprentice. This Apprentice will help keep Project Updates, Web Maintenance, Video Edits and Shipping all going smoothly.

  • A Little Love for the Wizard:

All materials and expenses up to this point have been tallied and included into the Funding Goal. This includes things like 3D Printing Materials, Video Equipment, Software License Fees, Patent Fees, Costumes, etc. In order for this Wizard to focus on getting other Wizards their Clips, he'll need a little Gold himself!


BrewStaff Wizard Clip Timeline

  • February - March: KickStarter Campaign
  • March - April: Production Details, Additional Prototyping
  • April-June: Mold Tooling, Sample Parts, Tweaks
  • June-July: Inbound Shipments to the Wizard's Lair
  • August: Outbound Shipments to Backers

*Extra Time had been allotted for tooling tweaks and modifications. If everything is ready to ship earlier, it will!

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Future Projects:

You may have noticed the Evil Warlock's Chalice. Indeed it has been replicated in the Wizard's 3D chamber and is even available at the $250 funding level. If the BrewStaff Wizard Clip is a success, the BrewStaff Warlock's Chalice could be next to enter the Dwarven Molds! More research & development would be needed in order to make sure it could be wielded confidently by an inexperienced Wizard.

  • Production Warlock's Chalice
3D Printed Warlock's Chalice
3D Printed Warlock's Chalice
  •  Other product design based on the BrewStaff Wizard Clip have already been inked in the Wizard's Scroll! The ideas are almost endless!

Risks and challenges

-Production Tool vs Prototype Geometry Tweaks

While I am a Wizard, I can't tell the future. I have centuries of experience designing molded parts, but until you test an actual production Wizard Clip from the actual Dwarven Mold, you're kinda guessing. There are a couple different types of plastics that can work for the Wizard Clip. These can be sampled from the mold and tested before production begins. Now, accurate 3D prints can get you very close, but subtle differences between a 3D printed part and an injection-molded part could create Wizard Clips that don't perform as they should. Luckily, a Wizard knows of these Known Unkowns and knows to plan for them! The Dwarves can create the mold such that it can be revised with minimal extra gold. However, these revisions will add on to the Wizard Clip timeline.

-Fulfillment: Packaging & Shipping

The BrewStaff Wizard Clips are forged by Dwarves from across the Great Sea. While multitudes of Dwarven product navigate the Sea everyday, sometimes problems arise that can cause delays. All Wizard-Dwarf relations are handled by an experienced and professional third party, which will help immensely with design, production, and shipping issues.

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    Warlock's Chalice + Ten BrewStaff Clips

    Sip not from the rim! For The Warlock's Chalice shall protect thy lips from the icy grips of any metallic container! Made for a Wizard in the mystical Chamber of Growing at the Brooklyn Lair. A Goblet truly worthy of the Gods!

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