About this project
Risks and challenges
Being a tool maker all my life, making things out of metal has come pretty easy, but they were always someone else's ideas. Doing the designing was a bigger challenge than I thought. The first dozen or so Grip Smart's I made with a pair of tin snips and a coffee can. After I got the design down, I had to build the punch die to speed up the process. About $800.00 of S7 tool steel and 50 hours later the punch was ready for heat treating to make it hard enough to cut Aluminum. After heat treat the punch was ground to a more accurate shape. I only have 1 punch press and this punch will only do 1 part at a time. Even at 1 at a time, I'm going all in on this project and starting production now. I picked Aluminum over Stainless Steel because Aluminum is so lightweight yet strong enough to do the job. Aluminum also has the ability to be Anodized different colors. Such as Kickstarter green. It could be available for the rewards. I’m going to make them limited production. They will be for this project only.
The press I made for folding the aluminum is a 4 station all in one unit. The problem is it only does one fold at a time. So I end up doing the first bend on 50 pieces. Then move to the second station and do the second bend, and so on. It was just overkill for the prototypes, but being on a budget I had to be efficient.
With the help of Kickstarter, I will be able to buy the raw material and parts to build 4 separate machines. This will allow me to build a transfer type assembly line. My time and effort into this project is the easy part, the hard part is trying to find the money to build it.
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