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Billetus - Carbon Fiber Billet Wallet
Billetus - Carbon Fiber Billet Wallet
526 backers pledged $60,219 to help bring this project to life.

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When you look at a minimalist wallet, ask yourself: 

  • Is this thing comfortable enough for everyday carry? 
  • Are the corners sharp? 
  • Is it comfortable to sit on?
  • Do I really want to pull that thing in and out of my pocket?

I'm a big fan of the minimalist style wallet. The problem I was finding was that most have hard edges, sharp corners and are uncomfortable when I sit down in my car or at my desk. I've had a few money clips put holes in my pockets and I felt the space could use some extra creativity. So I looked for a better solution.

Billetus Design Criteria:

  • Super-strong
  • Finest Materials: Carbon fiber, titanium and aircraft grade aluminum
  • Lightweight
  • RFID blocking
  • Super Slim: As thin or thinner than an iPhone 4S (not empty, full with cash and cards)
  • Easy access in and out of your pocket
  • Enclosed Money Clip - Standard money clips have sharp corners that put holes in your pocket
  • Above else, comfortable to carry!
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Billetus Minimus shown with optional Cardus Openus
Billetus Minimus shown with optional Cardus Openus

>>>>>> Here's how Billetus Maximus works:

#1 Pressing the slot on the bottom of the wallet creates an opening on the front of the wallet so you can insert cards. #2  Eject cards using this same slot. #3 The clip on the top of the wallet keeps pressure on the entire assembly and functions as a money clip.

>>>>>> Here's how Billetus Minimus works: 

#1 Simple uni-body design with an elastic strap to hold cards and cash tight. #2 Pressing on the bottom strap applies pressure on the bottom card through a hole on the bottom of the wallet. This opens the front of the wallet, allowing you to insert cash and cards.

Try a rigid wallet. Your business cards will thank you!
Try a rigid wallet. Your business cards will thank you!
Both wallets are available in 5 colors: black, silver, red, blue and Kickstarter green.
Both wallets are available in 5 colors: black, silver, red, blue and Kickstarter green.

To do this I created custom panels of carbon fiber. Using 2 x 2 twill weave on the outer layers and uni-directional fibers oriented at 0° on the inner layers. These were layered to achieve a thickness of 1.43mm (.0565 inches) and placed in a heat press to bake for an hour. The result? 50" x 100" sheets of super high strength carbon fiber goodness. 

Not all carbon fiber is created equal. The above process creates panels of carbon fiber that are 3X stronger than standard twill weave carbon fiber which is then CNC machined into the bottle openers you see below. To make it even lighter, add grip and just plain look cooler, we machined out additional inner material. 

Cardus Openus - World's thinnest, lightest (and coolest) carbon fiber bottle opener
Cardus Openus - World's thinnest, lightest (and coolest) carbon fiber bottle opener
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Just finished sanding. Next step, clear coat
Just finished sanding. Next step, clear coat
Lots of product testing. The bottom ridge on the opener was updated a dozen times.
Lots of product testing. The bottom ridge on the opener was updated a dozen times.
Billetus frame prototyping shown here performed at Red Wolf CNC
Billetus frame prototyping shown here performed at Red Wolf CNC
We did an initial run of 25 pieces to establish cycle times
We did an initial run of 25 pieces to establish cycle times
Machining the plates. Prototyping here done by Steve Nusco at Nusco Machine in Poway CA
Machining the plates. Prototyping here done by Steve Nusco at Nusco Machine in Poway CA
Checking molds with machine plates
Checking molds with machine plates
Milling out the carbon fiber at Nusco Machine
Milling out the carbon fiber at Nusco Machine
Initial Mold Testing - Holding 50 PSI!
Initial Mold Testing - Holding 50 PSI!
Internal Frame Assembly with Plate
Internal Frame Assembly with Plate
First print samples of the carbon fiber bottle openers!
First print samples of the carbon fiber bottle openers!
Rhinocerous 3D Drawing (link)
Rhinocerous 3D Drawing (link)
                                                                                                                                        
Rhino Drawing (link)
Rhino Drawing (link)
Wallet from another era. If your wallet looks like this we need to talk.
Wallet from another era. If your wallet looks like this we need to talk.

Risks and challenges

Billetus consists of 8 different component sets that have been sourced with local vendors. Since we are making these locally, we can oversee production at every step of the way. We aren't reliant upon overseas vendors who have little accountability to us.

To provide an extra layer of comfort regarding the manufacturing, we have multiple vendor sources per component.

Orders with vendors will be placed as soon as the campaign ends and production will be scheduled as soon as our campaign funds. Our commitment to you is to ship these wallets as fast as possible.

Finally, the team I've put together consists of outstanding human beings who have managed production of literally millions of machined parts right here in the good ol' US of A. It's in our blood and we are looking at the much larger picture: continually making the highest quality wallets and accessories (iPhone 6 case design underway) using the lightest, strongest, finest materials we can find.

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    High-Five! Yesterday my friend Rob Setree called me up and said, "Dennis, you should really have a $5 reward level for those people who just want to say, 'Hey Dennis, way to go!', can do so." He's right. Thanks Rob. This reward level can also mean, "Nice job Dennis, keep up the good work" or "Atta boy" or "Here's 5 bucks kid." This reward level also gets you a heartfelt "Thank you" from the bottom of my heart.

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    Billetus Tee Shirt - Printed on high quality Next Level shirts. Choose 1 of 4 designs. S-XXL. The 20 bucks includes FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING. Ships in time for the Holidays.

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    Cardus Openus - Carbon Fiber Bottle Opener - The lightest, thinnest bottle opener / pocket ruler in the world. Standard AND metric ruler. FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING. Comes individually packaged. Ships in time for the Holidays. >>>ADD Cardus Openus to any pledge level for an additional $15

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    Billetus MINIMUS - Metal unibody 6061 aircraft grade aluminum wallet with elastic band plus additional band. FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING. Comes individually boxed. Ships in time for the Holidays.

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    Billetus Tee Shirt(s). "I'll take one of each!" 1 of each color tee we make. S-XXL. (That's only $14.50 each with shipping) This backer level says you're committed to helping me brand this small company. A heartfelt "Thank you." FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING. Ships in time for the Holidays.

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    Billetus MINIMUS - Metal unibody 6061 aircraft grade aluminum wallet with elastic band plus additional band, PLUS (1) CARDUS OPENUS - Carbon fiber bottle opener. Save $10. Great holiday gift BTW. FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING. Comes individually boxed. Ships in time for the Holidays.

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    4 x Cardus Openus - Carbon Fiber Bottle Opener - The lightest, thinnest bottle opener / pocket ruler in the world. Standard AND metric ruler. (Save $26) FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING. Comes individually packaged. Ships in time for the Holidays.

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    Billetus MAXIMUS with aluminum plate, CARBON FIBER CLIP, carbon fiber body, aircraft grade aluminum frame, titanium fasteners. Estimated retail after campaign: $155. FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING. Comes individually boxed. Ships in time for the Holidays.

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    Billetus MAXIMUS with CARBON FIBER PLATE - Carbon fiber clip, Carbon fiber body, aircraft grade aluminum frame, titanium hardware. Estimated retail after campaign: $165. FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING. Comes individually boxed. Ships in time for the Holidays.

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    Can't decide whether to get Minimus or Maximus? Then get Both! Receive 1 x Minimus and 1 x Maximus (CF or Al plate) in any color. Add $15 to pledge amount for Cardus Openus. FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING. Comes individually boxed. Ships in time for the Holidays.

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    Cant decide which Minimus color to get? Get 5 x Billetus Minimus plus additional bands. Also includes 5 x Cardus Openus, plus a free tee (Save $95) These make great gifts. FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING.Comes individually boxed. Ships in time for the Holidays.

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    Cant decide which Maximus color to get? Get 5 x Maximus and save. Also includes 5 x Cardus Openus, plus a free tee. (Save $95) These make great gifts! Comes individually boxed. Ships in time for the Holidays.

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