We're officially at $11,939 right now so we have $3,061 left to go....
As far as the prototypes go, we've been sticking with the same design of the push button so far because it's the easiest to use, the best looking, and the strongest and most reliable design we have right now. We originally were making all of the heels in complete plastic with rapid prototyping. We recently got a piece cnc'd out of aluminum. It's a metal post in the middle that runs the entire length of the heel from top to bottom. So far this metal post has held up extremely well and seems to be working great. When we had our mechanical engineers build it, they didn't quite get the tolerances correct.
So, when the metal post and the plastic encasings arrived, we had to do a whole lot of drilling, sanding, and hammering to get them to fit together. We now need to adjust these tolerances and make 2 more new heels. Each time we make the heels they are costing us around $600 to make. Once we get a new one in, if the tolerances are better- we'll be sending the design and the heels to an engineering firm. This engineering firm is going to do a complete cnc of 2 heels which will cost around $1,800.00 just for materials and about $10,000 in labor costs to analyze the design and do computer aided testing: finite element analysis (FEA).
They also will be doing physical testing. They'll be able to print up a report to us that will tell us that these heels will hold X amount of pressure and withstand X amount of torque from a person weighing at least 300 pounds walking a certain number of hours a day for a X amount of years. So far we've sold about 30 pairs of shoes and we need to deliver a certain number of shoes immediately after kickstarter ends! We need to get on this quickly. We hope we can make this goal of $15,000. We are so close and we have so many people who are really excited about this product and being able to wear these shoes!
I'd love to tell you more about how this process has been, what questions do you have?
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- Candice Cabe
- Day2Night Team