About this project
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About The MagSkin
The MagSkin case is made out of renewable PLA bioplastic, 3D printed and assembled with high strength magnetic embedded inserts. Overall, the case adds less than 1.5 millimeters to the overall thickness of your iPhone.
As with the original MagSkin; the newly offered MagSkin case hasn't been shown to affect the overall performace, battery life, or the compass functionality. The MagSkin case can certainly be removed if compass interference occurs during use.
MagSkin Case rewards start at $19 for the MagSkin case for the iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5 in 6 colors. Kickstarter goal is set at approximately 200 units, or $5,000 to support the cost of a high quality, industrial strength 3D printer to produce these cases.
Initially, we are offering a limited edition "glow-in-the-dark" MagSkin Case in either glowing green or blue. Only 25 units will be initially offered, but will be expanded to all kickstarters.
The MagSkin Case will be available in Black, White, Red, Blue, Pink, and Orange if our initial goal is reached. These colors are available for all backers at the $25 reward level (or $21 early bird).
A stretch goal of $10,000 will provide for 6 additional colors to be available for the $25 reward level (or $21 early bird). The available colors are listed below, a survey and the completion of this kickstarter project will be sent out with available colors to allow for selecting color, iPhone model, and address information.
- Green (Stretch)
- Purple (Stretch)
- Silver (Stretch)
- Yellow (Stretch)
- Glow Green (Limited/Stretch)
- Glow Blue (Limited/Stretch)
I'm a mechanical engineer and techie with an entirely metal desk, and have been applying magnets to my touchscreen device ever since they were added to the SmartCover. As many of you know, after many friends asking me to make them a magnetic backing...I decided to turn it into a successful Kickstarter project. After launch a MagSkin internet store, I have received many requests to integrate the MagSkin to support many unique iPhone cases.
A collegue recently gained access to a 3D printer, so I blew the dust off of my 3D modeling skills to try to merge the MagSkin into a thin workable case for the iPhone. A first, I thought that embedding neodymium magnets behind the case to 'hide' the magnetic capabilities. PLA and ABS plastic was quickly found to be difficult to print thin enough for a thin neodymium magnet to be functional, inadequate friction on the exterior caused the case to slip.
This led me to embrace the high strength magnetic material on the exterior, and make it aestheticly pleasing with the striping on the back of the case. Test printing has been performed for the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and iPhone 5 3D models for form/fit/function.
Kickstarter Funding Use?
Goal is for approximately 200 units to justify the purchase of a high quality, industrial strength 3D printer which runs from $2000 to $5000. Here is a breakdown for how the funds raised will be used should the kickstarter goal be reached:
- 50% for 3D Printer
- 20% for PLA Material
- 20% for Packaging/Shipping
- 5% for Amazon
- 5% for Kickstarter
Planned Project Timeline
Jan - Drawings/Concept Designs
Feb - 3D Model Design/Modeling (SolidWorks)
Mar - 3D model prototyping (Test 3D Printing)
Apr - Kickstarter project launch
May - Assembly, quality control and final testing
June - Full Product Production, Shipment To Backers
These cases have already been designed in Solidworks and are ready to be 3D printed, MagSkin Case rewards will ship in June following funding on Kickstarter.
Thank you for the continued support on Kickstarter!
Risks and challenges
What are the risks and challenges that come with completing this project, and how am I qualified to overcome them?
There are always challenges in launching a new product. If successful, this will be the 2nd project launch here on Kickstarter in my career. Obviously I cannot provide a list of unforeseen obstacles, but there are some items that may be out of my control that will impact the project completion timeline.
Lead times for a 3D printer are currently about 2 weeks, but this delay is certainly a function of demand and could change significantly. PLA filament quality and lead times may delay production.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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