A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
It had to start somewhere!
After waiting for a table for 20 minutes in a cafe in Manchester, on a very rainy day (for a change) then having only the wet dirty floor on which to place our bags, we decided enough is enough.
Why is there not anything you can attach to something, so you can place your bags or other items off the floor, secure and in view.
So in January 2014, after scratching heads and bouncing ideas around, we thought, what would work for when we go shopping, skiing, cycling and to the bar?
Eureka (again) Dink was conceived.
Looking at a couple of pieces of computer parts and a piece of cardboard we manufactured, in a fashion the first working Dink
Realising that Dink works and we could Dink-it almost anywhere, we searched to see if there was anything like it around. We found that there wasn't so we applied for a patent and hey presto, after a couple of anxious, holding our breath years we got one.
Of course this is where the fun really started. The overall look of Dink needed looking at. So many prototypes later in different colours and formats we came up with a usable design with great clamping and aesthetics.
We get by with a little help!
Sometimes a helping hand is needed so we decided to take on board a proven design team to help us get to the next stage. D2M have worked with us in the types of materials, look and manufacturing facility that will be used when we go into production in July 2018.
The Techie bit!
Dink has no electronics or batteries. This means that it doesn't mind getting exposed to the elements and will withstand rigorous use.
We needed to ensure that the clamps compress to the thinnest surfaces and will not mark them. Be able to clamp from 0mm to 65mm on version 1. This we found would be useful when attaching to thicker surfaces like tables at ski resorts or in the park.
Weight = 60 grams
Overall length (closed) = 115mm
Overall length ( fully open) = 209mm
Width = 37mm
Depth = 22mm
Load = maximum 5kg
So what do we do next?
This is where the Kickstarter campaign comes alive. Along with help from family, friends and all you lovely people from all over the world we wish to raise the funds that are required to get Dink out there.
So wherever you are and whatever you are doing, with all our efforts we can go out go there and Dink-it.
WHERE WILL YOU USE YOURS?????
We intend to do future versions for children's lunch boxes, fashion handbags and Tool kits.
Risks and challenges
Risks and challenges
For this project we are utilising a network of suppliers.
A core member is D2M who have recently managed product launches for various international brands, they know the processes well and also the risks involved.
Some of the potential challenges we might face going forward are:
Production & supplier management.
After creating working prototypes, manufacturing a product on a large scale is considerably more time and effort consuming.
Unexpected issues can manifest, however our support network of expert suppliers provides a safety net should any unforeseen issues arise. We have production set ups for minimal runs, up to large scale mass production if the funding is more successful.
If there’s one thing we’ve learnt in the years working within distribution, no matter how much you prepare, the final stage of fulfilment is as crucial as any other and can experience hiccups without any fault of the manufacturer or customer. We know how much work it takes and how hard it is to manage world-wide shipments and ensuring timely deliveries.
We are keen to implement stretch goals for this project, however balancing cost against the feasibility of reaching a particular goal is yet to be confirmed. Once we have engaged initial interest in the opening few days, and collated suggestions for stretch goals, these will be announced.