About this project
The Shnap campaign will relaunch on Kickstarter. You will find it by clicking here: ShnapLaces.com/kickstarter/relaunch
Gadgets4Guys - "Solves the infamous problem of wasted time"
SV Seeker- Video Review: "Take your shoes off easily!"
BackerJack - "Shnap lace holder makes the eyelet a creative outlet"
Best New Products - "I love Shnap for the ease of use and functionality"
Shnap was born on a day like any other...
I was walking along when I looked down to notice that my shoe was untied. I stopped to kneel down and tie my shoe, when I had a familiar thought: There has to be a better way to secure shoelaces than tying a knot!
Suddenly I had a wonderful idea.. I would fabricate my own solution, using my 3D printer! I got to work right away and within a couple of hours I was wearing the initial prototype for Shnap. It felt awesome being able to do that! I wanted to do more with the idea, but quickly realized I would need some help.
I showed the Shnap prototype to my friend Drew, who is a self-employed mechanical engineer with experience in product design. He instantly loved the idea, and agreed to help me further develop Shnap. We continued designing and 3D printing more prototypes, until we perfected the Shnap design. We love wearing Shnap prototypes, and our friends have enjoyed helping us test them too!
Installing Shnap on your Shoes is Easy!
We want your shoes to Shnap too!
3D printing is great for prototyping but it isn't an effective method to mass produce Shnap sets. So we intend to use injection molding in order to produce a large enough volume of quality Shnap components.
Injection molding requires a very expensive steel mold and produces thousands of parts at a time. That's a big entry barrier for individuals like us. Overseas manufacturers offer somewhat lower prices, but working with them poses a number of additional challenges, and we want to do our part in keeping jobs here in the USA. We believe this is the best way to ensure the highest quality and functionality for the production Shnap sets.
We've searched intently, and got many quotes for the tooling and production of Shnap. Eventually we got a personal recommendation for a manufacturer in Arkansas. We trust them to do a good job, and they've given us a great price.
With successful funding to produce Shnap, we can begin selling online and distribute to retailers. We want it to be easy for you to get as many sets as you need at a fair price. Of course, we must first fulfill our rewards to all of our backers! There will be many packages to ship all over the world this Fall.
The start-up cost for producing Shnap adds up to a hair over $10,000. We just rounded it off, since a nice even number makes a simpler goal. We're confident that you'll help us exceed it!
Disclaimer: Shnap is not affiliated with or endorsed by any other brands shown in our photos, videos, or other content.
Risks and challenges
We still face some risks at this point and even after we order the molds. We've done our best to predict the things that could go wrong and Shnap down any loose ends. Some of the remaining risks are:
We're trying hard to avoid manufacturing delays by using a domestic manufacturer that we trust, but they are located in a different state and unexpected setbacks can always occur. We can't control what will be happening in their factory this Fall, but we're doing our best to make sure that our designs and requirements are correct and ready to go.
The Shnap fit might not be quite right on the first production samples, or we may have to try a different kind of plastic than we thought. We've tried our best to reduce these risks by making precise prototypes out of the same kind of plastic that we intend to use in production, but in the end we're committed to producing great parts that fit and work perfectly every time. If we have to delay full production in order to adjust the mold, we will do that to get the fit just right.
We've decided to allow backers from other countries to help back the Shnap project, but shipping things across international borders can be tricky. We've done some test shipments to friends outside the USA to try to get the process dialed in, and we're seeking advice from other successful Kickstarters on what pitfalls we can avoid.
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