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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jun 23 2014

About

Extracts from KlampShell’ Legend:

After KShell arrived at KShore she called her friend LBeak.

KShell: “Our ancestors sacrificed themselves more than 2200 years ago to warn HBs. However they are still fighting with each other. This time I worked hard based on my family heirloom and developed something to help in their lives. I don’t know how long they can understand and accept me? Another 2200 years?”

 LBeak: “Don’t worry buddy. I heard that they are now using very fast computers and very smart software. I think they have become a lot more intelligent. However, it will take time for everything new to be accepted.”

After staying there for a while, KShell talked with her friend again.

Kshell: “Hey buddy, I had a weird feeling for this trip to KShore. At first I did not feel comfortable after working hard for a long time in humankind. But soon it seemed that I came back home where I’ve grown up: so quiet and so clean, and I didn’t need to do anything, I was happy as a clam again! ”

LBeak: “Right, I thought you have come to a wrong place. You planned to come for cleaning, but ironically, it seems you have come to Xanadu, Spotlessly clean. ... Wait a minute! That is impossible! HBs can’t live a day without eating, drinking, and cleaning. En, I got it: they don’t understand you and looked down on you, or you have come to a new kind of ocean, you are still a needle in a haystack, no body can see you!!!” 

     What’s the Problem: Fingers are Toast!

There are many situations where cleaning has to be taken care of. Garbage removal is required continuously around the house and even on the way walking the dog. Kitchen cleaning is another major chore during and after cooking and eating, including cleaning before loading the dishwasher. For many years I used to think it was a trivially easy part of life but some events happened to me a year ago made me rethink it.

One day, my wounded finger became painful while I was cleaning by squeezing with my fingers. Another day, my fingers cramped two times while I was cleaning rusty wok in the kitchen. Although it did not happen again and again, it helped me understand something I could not know when I am young and healthy: “Kitchen cleaning is a hard  job for fingers!” So I decided to do something for the benefit of the hard-working fingers!

                    Inspiration from Nature: Stone Clam!  

So I started looking at ergonomics problems in manual cleaning. Firstly, I did some research and learned some ergonomic techniques. It was surprising that the current cleaning practices do not follow these techniques. I started looking at ways of improvements.  

Then, I tried various measures and a lot of ideas came up. I tried out low-fidelity prototypes to test their ergonomic fit. But I still could not develop a new effective device for helping with my cleaning.  

 One weekend, I went shopping and bought some stone clams for dinner. After dinner, the clam shells piled up and some of them were interlocked. This gave me the inspiration to incorporate the clamping mechanism of the clams in my new cleaning tool. 

I started working on it and quickly made some conceptual models with real stone clam shells. 

After trying it on wok and pans, I found its advantages and disadvantages. The advantage is that it works well for clamping cleaning pad and garbage. The disadvantage is that the real clam shell is small in size and not effective for flat surfaces.

          Designing With CAD and Prototyping With 3D Printing 

Then, with a passion for designing quality products we started 3D modeling work on computer. After detailed observation on the natural shells, we established the modeling scheme and measured all necessary data from real clamp shells. Then, we built up wire-frame model and transformed it to solid model. We scaled the model to a larger size, modified the basic sketches, and evolved it into a new “species” that still looks like a clam shell but you cannot find it in nature. After several months of development, we came up with the 3D model KlampShell.

We then proceeded to make a few prototypes and test them for form, fit, and feel. We printed out some prototypes using 3D printers during last Christmas holiday.

 With the real 3D printed prototypes, we tested it in kitchen cleaning with excellent results.

After using for 3 months, I have found that KlampShell is really helpful in allowing me to clean faster, safer, and easier. Though the prototypes made by 3D printing are weak in strength and have rough surfaces, they have succeeded in working for more than 3 months without noticeable wear.  

                          Main features of KlampShell 

  • Ergonomic design: The hand grips on its thick body with the fingers always kept in a neutral, relaxed, and comfortable position away from the dirt and garbage. 
  • Useful for removing garbage: Instead of having to scoop up garbage with your hands or with paper towel, you can quickly use the flat edge to secure the waste and release it in the garbage disposal.
  • Multipurpose in cleaning: It can clamp onto different supplies such as scouring pads, steel wool, S.O.S. pads, etc. It makes you able to make full use of other cleaning supplies: for example, a piece of thin scouring pad held in KlampShell can reach deep into narrow slots.
  • Cleaning various surfaces more effectively and efficiently: It has a section of straight edge in the middle for quickly cleaning flat surfaces, and a section of curved edge at top in arc form to clean concave surfaces efficiently. It provides a closer contact with and a higher pressure on the surface than your palm.
  • Contributing to greener environment: Since it can remove thick dirt or grease by the mechanical force of scrapping and squeegee , and will consume less chemicals and less water. 
  • Aesthetic: With unique and elegant profile, KlampShell is of aesthetic value as well for display purposes. 

KlampShell is TRULY multipurpose and not limited to household cleaning. They can be used for clamp food and ingredients in kitchen and dining room. You can keep one in your car, in you work-site and on your way of walking your dog. So it can be

  • a handy garbage collector: fast and clean; esp. for accidental waste of small area on the floor, dinner table, even at picnic sites;
  • a smallest and lightest pooper scooper: easy to carry around and use together with plastic bags;
  • a light-duty small squeegee: cleaning flat surfaces more effectively wherever you need;
  • a fastest surface cleaning Kitchen-Aid: best for concave and flat surfaces and for cleaning small loads by hand to save water and energy;
  • a quick pre-cleaning tool before loading the dishwasher: to prevent clogging the dishwasher.  

                        What We Will Do With the Fund

We have developed the prototypes which have shown excellent results and we are confident that it is ready to go to production and delivery. We need your support for the following purposes: 

1. Molding - Making an injection mold for the valves of KlampShell. We will cooperate with companies having extensive experience in the process. We estimate this process to take 35 - 50 days. 

2. Production - This will include all of the sets built for Kickstarter backers. This includes plastic injection molding, assembly and packaging. 

We want to bring this product out to the people who believe it will make a difference and we need your help! We need funding to finance production. The more we raise, the more we can accomplish.

           $33,000 CAD:

           All 3 sizes (Large, Medium, and Small), 7 colors

                Large-size KlampShell is for bigger hands and more capable in cleaning; Small-size one is suitable for tight spaces and children can use it for other clamping purposes.

               TriKShell Gift Box: any three different-size (Small, Medium, and Large) KlampShells of chosen colors (same or different). The smaller can be put inside the bigger to save space; They will work in team for better results.

               We will be able to deliver all kinds of rewards to Kickstarter backers.

               We estimate KlampShell will begin shipping in late September.

I hope that KlampShell can help with daily chores in every household so that people can enjoy their lives better.  I hope you can support me! Every dollar and every word of mouth accounts. Thank you very much!  

Risks and challenges

More than one year of work has gone into prototyping and refining the design. We have prototypes that works better than we could have expected. KlampShell is a proven design and no more functional design modification is necessary. We have already tried to simply the design as much possible and make it easy to manufacture.

Two major activities are involved in next level development: Injection Mold Making and Production. We did a thorough search work for manufacturers. The selected manufacturer already makes several parts in existing kitchen tools. We have also been talking with a backup manufacturer just in case our current manufacturer faces unexpected issues. We will work very closely with our manufacturer to ensure that any production hiccups can be dealt with swiftly.

We will be very transparent throughout the process from the day we receive funding to the day we deliver the product. We will work hard to follow through, even when faced with challenges, have backers understand the project in progress and feel confident.

In extreme cases, we would simply need to delay delivery briefly until we are satisfied with production quality. We believe the risks involved with bringing KlampShell to backers are minimal and manageable.

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    We’ll send you all types of KlampShell kits, plus a voucher good for 50 hours of design & innovation time from the design team responsible for creating KlampShell. Whether you have a new concept you need developed or KlampShell customization, this is a reward we are very excited to offer in response to what is your incredibly generous support of this project!

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