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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.
What is a Grypmat?
An essential tool for the trade professionals, mechanics, tinkerers, gadget junkies and DIYers alike. The Grypmat is a multi-purpose product that will keep your tools and hardware in place, no matter where you want to put them.
A high-performance, flexible, non-magnetic, non-slip, chemical resistant, anti-static, rubber tool mat. A mechanic’s Best Friend.
To suit a wide range of needs, the bright orange Grypmat is available in three sizes: large, medium and small. The small Grypmat consists of six compartments that keep hardware organized and within an arm’s reach. The medium is designed to help keep more hand tools together in close proximity, and the large Grypmat is an improved design of the original and is perfect for more advanced jobs that require a bunch of tools.
For every working man and woman, their tools are vital to them performing their job successfully.
Once you’re grinding away on the project at hand, though, those tools can get in the way. Naturally the engine, car body, plane wing, or whatever you’re working on is typically the easiest place to put them. But by their very nature, these places make lousy workbenches. They’re curved and painted – and things just don’t stay where they are put. And no one wants to waste any more time looking for that lost tool or part that rolled off and ran away, sometimes scratching the surface of your vehicle as it rolls.
We’re here to help you out. To improve your process so that it is so solid, nothing can disturb your workflow.
Due to its unique polymer-silicone blend,the Grypmat’s insane grip can hold tools at extreme angles (up to 70 degrees) on a variety of work surfaces.
Through intensive product research and development, we’ve concluded that our Grypmat works flawlessly over a broad scale of applications.
The Grypmat is resistant to all types of chemicals, and if it gets gunked up with grease, dust or any dirt, wiping it with a damp cloth will make it as good as new again.
If you want to get crazy, soap and water will really give it a shine. It won’t get damaged or decay due to the common risks of working with machinery, extending its lifetime far past anything else of its kind.
It succeeds where other products don’t, and will revolutionize the way you work.
INSANE GRIP: Arguably its most defining aspect, the Grypmat is built to stay. Its unique chemistry enables it to grip on to whatever surface it is placed on without sliding or falling, while still allowing for easy placement and removal.
SURFACE PROTECTION: Using the Grypmat prevents scratches and dents on your beautiful paint job.
TOOL ACCESSIBILITY: Any tool, any time, and any place. The Grypmat is so versatile that you can have your tools where you need them, when you need them.
FLEXIBILITY: Not only is the Grypmat extremely durable, but it also bends, folds, or rolls any way you need it to, always returning to its original shape.
PREVENTS TOOL LOSS: With the Grypmat, your tools aren’t going anywhere.
CHEMICAL RESISTANCE: Grypmat is made out of a polymer-silicone blend and has specific properties to make it resistant to all types of chemicals.
MEASUREMENT SYSTEM: The large and medium Grypmats contain a built in ruler.
FLAME RESISTANT: This one is pretty self explanatory. Catching on fire while working (a risk some mechanics face pretty regularly) is not good for productivity.
ANTI-STATIC: It won’t stick to or get caught on any other surfaces, either, providing you with a safer and more convenient work environment for your electronics.
NON-MAGNETIC: It won’t get stuck or be hard to remove from any metal, which eliminates the potential for damage to your projects and your tools.
One of the best parts of creating the Grypmat was receiving feedback from customers and hearing just what a positive difference we’ve made to their workflow.
Chris Coombs | Director Of Maintenance | NW Jets
"With 20 plus years of working corporate aviation it’s nice to finally have something to lay tools hardware and parts on without having to worry about damaging a surface. No more towels, rags or cardboard used as a catchall for tools and hardware during a task. These trays conform to the surface they're placed on, they don’t slide around and the wind has no effect. Great product!"
Ryan Kear | Online Customer
"I can't imagine working on my truck without the Grypmat now. This product is simple and functional. Love how the flexible rubber conforms to any surface under the hood and oil & grease wipes right off! I used to always get so frustrated dropping and misplacing my tools. The bright orange color is great to keep all my tools in one place."
Dave Willis | Aircraft Mechanic | L Brands
"As aircraft technicians we use the Grypmat on various curved surfaces. The Grypmat always keeps our tools and parts contained to the areas in which we use them. The anti-slip properties of the Grypmat make them a perfect fit for working on the aircraft we maintain on a daily basis. We are very pleased with the Grypmat performance."
As an F-16 mechanic in the United States Air Force for the last eight years, I spent what seemed like way too much time on the frustration of having tools slide off an aircraft.
And when I say way too much, I mean it. Heck, I nearly fell off the jet once. I could have broken my neck!
I’m sure most of you have been there. You’ve been captivated by the task at hand, getting in the zone, only to be interrupted by a tool that won’t stay in place.
I started the idea at Toledo Startup weekend and ended up winning! After Startup Weekend I went on to win a handful of other business competitions for the idea and started raising grant money to launch the first product.
I spent two and half years developing a solution in my basement, trying to create this flexible yet sturdy solution that would grip tools while resting on the curved surfaces like those found on aircraft wings and bodies.
Finally I landed on three that met my every need. And I want to share them with all of you.
This past November my team and I traveled down to Orlando to the National Business Aviation Expo and Convention. We showcased the 3 new Grypmats to attendees and the response was incredible!
Now, with your support we are ready to bring the 3 new Grypmats to market!
You can choose any color you want, as long as it's orange.
Give us a break, this is why we’re on Kickstarter.
My team has already conquered the daunting task of sourcing and manufacturing over 4,500 units of the original Grypmat, and we have shipped this product all over the world. So rest assured, our supply chain and delivery factors are under control, and you can count on us to deliver our products on time!
We are ready to get moving! We will be heading overseas immediately after the campaign to meet with our supplier and start production on your brand new Grypmats. We’re pretty serious about getting this up and running- we’ve already booked our flights.
We want to assure we are getting the best products for our customers, so we plan to be there every step of the way to see the manufacturing process as it will be carried out. Our production timeline includes 6-8 weeks for production and another 4 weeks for the products to be shipped to the states by boat.
Grypshon is my dream. What was once only a tiny lightbulb over my head, confined to my basement, has now become a reality. In order to pursue this dream, and be able to make it my life’s work, I’m going to need your support. Though much of the hard work is behind me, there is even more to come. And this part will be expensive.
I need your contribution to help me sway production costs. The more pledges we get, the more we will be able to maximize orders and effectively lower our price per piece to an even more affordable level. We will also be using your pledges to fuel the creation of future projects based on customer feedback. So contribute to our campaign, and give the Grypmat a try! We think you’re really going to like it, and can’t wait to hear your feedback.
1. Choose a reward level.
Everybody can choose one (and only one) reward level to back this project. You cannot choose 2 reward levels. Just one. You will get all items in that reward—you cannot swap things that you don't want for things that you do want.
2. If you want to add something, check out the Add-On Menu.
If (and only if) you want to add something additional to your reward, check out the Add-On Menu below. If it's in the Add-On Menu you can add it to your reward by increasing your pledge by the amount specified in the menu. You can only add things to your reward that are in the Add-On Menu.
3. CONGRATS! You're done for now.
All details like shipping information, and add-on specifics will be collected via survey after this campaign has ended.
Your support makes this dream become a reality for me. Please show your support by commenting on the campaign, sharing our campaign with your friends.
Risks and challenges
The vast majority of the challenge has been met through the development and prototyping of the structure and chemistry of the Grypmat Original. Obviously, we want to minimize risk, and the best way to do that is to work with the best people in the business. That’s why Grypshon has found developed mentors that have years in chemical compound and manufacturing industries.
Forecasting risk is basically the only real thing we worry about. We can't predict the outcome of our Kickstarter campaign. Should we miss our projections, we might expect some delays with delivery, but we’ll let you know as quickly as possible - we want to communicate and connect with our backer community throughout!