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About this project

Though our prototype handcart (featured in the video) was built with 3D printing, the production version will be roto and/or blow molded.

 

 

In order to help make the Polymule a reality, we have launched a crowd funding campaign on Kickstarter. On this page, interested parties can PRE-ORDER the handcart to help raise the capital needed to start production.

Cards are charged AFTER the campaign, and ONLY IF we reach our funding goal.  Therefore you could say, it's "ALL OR NOTHING".

 

 

 

 

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Though our prototype handcart (featured on this page) was built with 3D printing, the production version will be manufactured using durable blow-molding technology. The advantages of this method are many and include durable one-piece parts and large production runs in a short amount of time.  We are currently working with a few manufacturers here in the USA to ensure the best quality possible.  Some minor design changes will be necessary to efficiently mold the handcart.  These changes will likely improve the stated performance of the handcart by reducing weight, increasing strength, and adding functionality. 

 

 

 

 

It all began with a simple problem.  How do I take my family and my stuff away on foot? Whether for recreation or emergency preparedness, I needed a way to haul my young children and lots of gear.  I needed something both durable and long-lasting.  Something that had enough ground clearance to traverse rough terrain and would be quality built and functional.  In my search, I came across beefed-up garden carts, wheelbarrows, and even the 'wooden pioneer handcart'.  However, these were either cost prohibitive or lacked the durability, stability, ground clearance, or ergonomics I desired.

assembly of the handcart from 3D prints
assembly of the handcart from 3D prints

I needed to make my own.  After burning through three different prototypes, I decided to start from scratch and 3D print the entire concept.   CAD/CAM software allowed me to have complete design freedom and make refinements as I went along.  After a year of design and engineering, over 40 days (980 hours) of 3D printing, and three weeks of assembly and testing, something truly remarkable was born.   A modern handcart that takes less than five minutes to assemble, has a completely tool-less design, and can be disassembled and stowed inside itself.  It is both durable and functional, with a high-impact body, solid frame, and integrated kickstand mechanism.  Of note, we believe our prototype is the largest 3D printed prototype to ever be featured on Kickstarter.

The Polymule Handcart has come this far... now we need your help to make it a reality.

 

            

Risks and challenges

The genesis of the Polymule Handcart has been both remarkable and difficult. For the past year we have hurdled all sorts of challenges that would have prevented us from reaching this point...but here we are, having pushed on...and the future is bright.

If we are successfully funded, there will be more challenges ahead. Putting a time-frame on order fulfillment for our Kickstarter backers is an inexact science. In anticipation of this, we have given ourselves a generous seven months to ensure that the quality of the Polymule Handcart we produce will not be affected in anyway by our deadlines. It is quite possible that we will deliver before our stated delivery dates.

We hope you will join us for the ride and we promise to keep you informed.

Sincerely,
The Polymule Team.

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    Unable to contribute in full now? Consider a $2 donation and help us spread the word! Your assistance will help make the Polymule Handcart a reality! For this, we offer you our sincere thanks....twice.

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    Help us reach our goal! Consider a $14 donation. Your contribution will help make the Polymule Handcart a reality! As our way of saying thank you, receive a first-rate Polymule Decal. [Free US Shipping]

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    Early Bird - Polymule Handcart

    BENEFITS:
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    - Bonus Polymule T-Shirt
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    - Priority Shipping Date - Approx MAR 2018

    Built pioneer tough, our modern handcart will haul over 300 lbs and take you and nearly 15 cubic feet of your gear, anywhere. With a high-impact thermoplastic body, an integrated frame, 26" no-flat wheels, durable aluminum side-rails, and a tool-less assembly, you can feel confident trekking straight into the unknown. (This item can also be obtained as part of a larger reward package.) (We will email you after the campaign for your desired T-Shirt size: S, M, L, XL, or XXL.)

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    Built pioneer tough, our modern handcart will haul over 300 lbs and take you and nearly 15 cubic feet of your gear, anywhere. With a high-impact thermoplastic body, an integrated frame, 26" no-flat wheels, durable aluminum side-rails, and a tool-less assembly, you can feel confident trekking straight into the unknown. (This item can also be obtained as part of a larger reward package.)

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    Early Bird - Polymule Handcart + Cover

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    - Increased savings when you get a handcart and cover. Take advantage of our never-again Kickstarter prices.
    - Bonus Polymule T-Shirt
    - Bonus Polymule Decal
    - Priority Shipping Date - Approx MAR 2018

    Built pioneer tough, our modern handcart will haul over 300 lbs and take you and nearly 15 cubic feet of your gear, anywhere. With a high-impact thermoplastic body, an integrated frame, 26" no-flat wheels, durable aluminum side-rails, and a tool-less assembly, you can feel confident trekking straight into the unknown.

    We've chosen an All-Weather Cover, that is both durable and practical. Made from heavy duty canvas, supported by no-sag acetal rods (not your average tent poles), and strapped down with nylon webbing. (This item can also be obtained as part of a larger reward package.) (We will email you after the campaign for your desired T-Shirt size: S, M, L, XL, or XXL.)

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    Polymule Handcart + Cover

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    - Increased savings when you get a handcart and cover. Take advantage of our never-again Kickstarter prices.
    - Bonus Polymule Decal

    Built pioneer tough, our modern handcart will haul over 300 lbs and take you and nearly 15 cubic feet of your gear, anywhere. With a high-impact thermoplastic body, an integrated frame, 26" no-flat wheels, durable aluminum side-rails, and a tool-less assembly, you can feel confident trekking straight into the unknown.

    We've chosen an All-Weather Cover, that is both durable and practical. Made from heavy duty canvas, supported by no-sag acetal rods (not your average tent poles), and strapped down with nylon webbing. (This item can also be obtained as part of a larger reward package.)

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    TWO OF EVERYTHING...

    Built pioneer tough, our modern handcart will haul over 300 lbs and take you and nearly 15 cubic feet of your gear, anywhere. With a high-impact thermoplastic body, an integrated frame, 26" no-flat wheels, durable aluminum side-rails, and a tool-less assembly, you can feel confident trekking straight into the unknown.

    We've chosen an All-Weather Cover, that is both durable and practical. Made from heavy duty canvas, supported by no-sag acetal rods (not your average tent poles), and strapped down with nylon webbing. (We will email you after the campaign for your desired T-Shirt size: S, M, L, XL, or XXL.)

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    TWO OF EVERYTHING...

    Built pioneer tough, our modern handcart will haul over 300 lbs and take you and nearly 15 cubic feet of your gear, anywhere. With a high-impact thermoplastic body, an integrated frame, 26" no-flat wheels, durable aluminum side-rails, and a tool-less assembly, you can feel confident trekking straight into the unknown.

    We've chosen an All-Weather Cover, that is both durable and practical. Made from heavy duty canvas, supported by no-sag acetal rods (not your average tent poles), and strapped down with nylon webbing. (We will email you after the campaign for your desired T-Shirt size: S, M, L, XL, or XXL.)

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    TEN OF EVERYTHING...

    Built pioneer tough, our modern handcart will haul over 300 lbs and take you and nearly 15 cubic feet of your gear, anywhere. With a high-impact thermoplastic body, an integrated frame, 26" no-flat wheels, durable aluminum side-rails, and a tool-less assembly, you can feel confident trekking straight into the unknown.

    We've chosen an All-Weather Cover, that is both durable and practical. Made from heavy duty canvas, supported by no-sag acetal rods (not your average tent poles), and strapped down with nylon webbing. (We will email you after the campaign for your desired T-Shirt size: S, M, L, XL, or XXL.)

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