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The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, August 6 2019 7:38 PM UTC +00:00
£653
pledged of £1,600pledged of £1,600 goal
26
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, August 6 2019 7:38 PM UTC +00:00

About

What is this thing?

It is a full-sized, precision cut sticker for your MacBook Pro which is identical to the original colour of the lid (Silver, Space Grey etc.). The reason this exists is two-fold:

  • Protection for your pride & joy - This vinyl sticker is built to last thanks to 3M, originally meant for wrapping cars so you know it is tough and durable.
  • The opportunity to preserve and archive your wonderful stickers that we in the tech business seem to love.

Our laptops travel with us just about everywhere, meaning day after day they are slid in and out of busy rucksacks or bags and run the risk of scratching our pride & joy. There are many opportunities for blemishes to occur to the lid, such as rubbing against something tough or abrasive whilst tightly packed into a carry-on bag for a conference, or you're simply in a rush and pick up your laptop whilst your car keys are in your hard etc.

With this sleek protective vinyl, all of those blemishes are on the vinyl rather than your laptop, helping to preserve it whilst still showing off its unique attributes to the world.

Here I have framed my prototype, showing just how closely the colour matches the Apple Silver, as well as just how great it looks once taken off and framed...

That's great, but why?

I produced a whole blog post as to why and how, which gained a lot more interest than I was expecting. In short, I wanted to put stickers on my laptop but had a couple of reservations at to why:

  •  Resale - Selling the laptop meant I lost the unique stickers I have gained over time from conferences and meetups. Peeling each of them off would ruin them.
  •  Damage - When removing the stickers, each would leave a residue behind and a slight discolouration where some of the aluminium has been covered up and other parts exposed to the sun.

The Idea

I began thinking of ways to combat these issues. I came up with a small list of requirements that would satisfy my needs:

  • Fairly invisible, without close inspection of the laptop
  • Easily removable
  • Leave zero trace even after months or years of application
  • Bonus Feature: Something that can be kept, so that those sentimental stickers aren’t lost.

The Prototype

Having tried a few different sticker type materials, I eventually found vehicle wrap vinyl worked best for the prototype. The idea of clear/transparent sticker was an option, but the risk of it becoming discoloured & not looking great upon removal meant these were discounted. The other drawback to clear vinyl is that once removed and placed within a frame on a backing card, you lose the silhouette of the lid including the logo etc.

I began hunting & ordering as many samples as I could from  various suppliers, where the colour appeared to very closely resemble  that of the MacBook Pro aluminium Silver. I don’t have a Space Grey device to test against, but I did see some samples which may certainly do the job for these too. This is something that will be a priority if this Kickstarter is funded.

Below are all of the samples applied together, to get an idea of which provides the best match.

As the vinyl wrap material intended for vehicles, it comes with some additional properties which are really useful:

  • Purposely won’t leave any residue behind (and if they do, easy to remove)
  • Hard wearing, as they are used to battling the elements.
  • Super easy to apply, thanks to tiny ‘channels’ carved into the adhesive side, making air bubbles non-existent.

Once applied, you can barely tell the difference:

And so the idea was born, and my MacBook Pro stayed like this for over 6 months to test durability and to see how everything looked once it had been removed.

Everything worked perfectly, which is where I would like your help.


Quality & Price

The vinyl being used here is extremely high quality and is absolutely built to last. Here are some of the specifications from 3M themselves:

  • Automotive Grade Vinyl
  • Durability - 5-6 Years
  • Service Temperature - -60°C to +107°C 
  • Comply™ feature allows trapped air to escape through micro air channels in the adhesive
  • Controltac™ feature keeps the adhesive film repositionable on the application surface up to the final pressure at application
  • 0.11mm Thick

I believe the price reflects the quality and precision of the product, preserving the original quality of your laptop whilst protecting it from scratches and scrapes during the time that you own it. It also provides you the opportunity to personalise your laptop without the worry of damage to the lid and allow you to preserve them as a little piece of history after the hardware as moved on.


What next?

With the prototype completed successfully, and the subsequent blog post getting over 80,000 hits, and counting! I need your support to get this into production.

Initially, I planned to start really small and utilise hobbyist die cutters like the Silhouette or Cricut, but it quickly became apparent that they just aren't accurate enough for my liking and weren't up to cut (pun fully intended).

With this Kickstarter reaching it's goal, it will allow me to purchase a high quality vinyl cutter, equipment and supplies to be able to accurately produce these & ship them all over the world.

Time has already been spent looking into logistics and costs, to ensure this is all feasible.

Currently I have a perfect vinyl match for Silver, and I will be working with a supplier to correctly identify a perfect match for Space Grey too. In fact I will be purchasing a spare MacBook Pro Space Grey case to take with me to ensure the best possible match.

I will also be looking to create LidLayers for Dell XPS machines too, as well as Lenovo Thinkpads which are both common among our lovely community.


Bulk Orders

I have had a few people ask about bulk orders for various IT departments - if you are genuinely interested, please reach out so that I can gauge interest and get an idea of numbers...


You can find the original details of this prototype and some of my musing at grh.am.

Risks and challenges

There are a handful of risks associated with this - I only have a 2015 13" MacBook Pro at my disposal, which is only 1 of the 4 machines that I intent to initially cater for. To compensate for that, I will be seeking 'beta testers' for the other machines once I have been able to produce a LidLayer for them to ensure they are accurate, before shipping them out.

I have purposely set quite pessimistic delivery dates for all of the rewards, to compensate for any possible delays in sourcing of equipment or supplies (including discovering a match for Space Grey).

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    Honorary Sticker Lover

    So maybe you don't have an Apple MacBook right now, but you love the idea - This pledge is a little thumbs up, pat on the back, +1, tip of the hat, fist bump...

    There was a lot of interest in covering other machines such as Thinkpads & Dell XPSs - these are very much in the pipeline!

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    Early Bird Special (Silver)

    Be one of the first to get your hands on a LidLayer for your MacBook Pro. The first run will be for Silver only - Space Grey will be coming shortly.

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    Be one of the first to get your hands on a LidLayer for your MacBook Pro. The extended delivery time is so that a suitable match can be found for Space Grey.

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    Be one of the first to get your hands on two LidLayers. The first run will be for Silver only - Space Grey will be coming shortly.

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