Hello Everyone. We're excited to have launched our 10th kickstarter project! It is truly an honor and humbling to have such tremendous support over the past 3+ years.
Thanks for checking out Ti-Yo!
A Modern yo-yo made from the good stuff... Titanium!
Ever since the Smothers Brothers Comedy hour, I have loved yo-yo's. As a father of 3, my kids often trigger nostalgic childhood memories... Excitement over a vintage yo-yo found at a yard sale triggered that throwback memory and conjured a new one..
Let's make a Titanium Yo-Yo!
If its worth doing, its worth doing right. We didn't want to make just any yo-yo, we wanted a modern design, built from the ground up for enthusiasts.
As luck would have it, we met world class yo-yo designer, Sonny Patrick, through social media and a collaboration began!
For the last few months I have had the great pleasure to learn from a pro what makes the modern yo-yo so great.
Quality Machining + Great Design = Ti-Yo!
If you've supported our previous projects, then you've seen our Hardinge twin spindle lathe in action. Our machine is perfectly suited for holding the tight tolerances, concentricity and finish quality needed for a high performance modern yo-yo.
If your new to our projects, Here's a couple of videos showing our Big Hardinge twin spindle executing the previous TechLiner and Sentinel X projects.
Born in CAD
Ti-Yo was designed using parasolid modeling to achieve target weight (65-68 grams), balance and unique design. Dimensions are 2" in diameter and 1.5" wide.
- String centering high grade bearing
- Central Bearing Company (CBC) 19mm response pads
- Kitty brand 1.5 nylon/poly blend handmade string
- Fully machined brass axle
Ti-Yo is made from Alloy 6Al4V (grade 5)
- Hand Brushed
- Blast-o-Tumble (custom)
Hand Brushed Ti-Yo
Hand Brushed versions are completely finished by hand. Perfect for the minimalist.
Blast-O-Tumble / Anodized / Custom Ti-Yo
Blast-O-Tumble versions are available anodized in your choice of 8 colors. On the survey you'll be able to mix or match each half to customize the colorway of your Ti-Yo!
Lazano is a proprietary process Ti2 Design developed combining Titanium anodizing and lasers. This process allows us to put high resolution graphics in color on titanium. During the course of the project we'll be showcasing different designs in updates and posting here on the main page.
Ti-Yo Black Edition Limited
The Black Edition Ti-Yo is PVD (physical vapor deposition) coated. This method offers a deep black DLC (diamond like coating) finish.
Check us out on Instagram @Ti2Design We've found its a great way to update backers and friends with our daily shop activities. You can follow us or search #TiYo, #Ti2Design.
We're hoping to get a head start on production... As soon as we make our funding goal we will order material/tooling and get started.
We listed a "delivers in time for Christmas". Generally our projects deliver "on time" sometimes we have delivered early. Delivery is dependent on project size. Regardless, we will deliver as soon as accurately possible.
Risks and challenges
I have a background in design, machining and experience managing production jobs. I know the kinds of problems that arise in the shop and how to deal with them quickly and efficiently.
If this project funds and in order to fulfill we will need to:
1. Source Material -- Multiple vendors and quotes are lined up.
2. Machine the parts -- Lowest risk of the process, our machines are optimized for parts like this insuring quick production and high quality parts.
3. Finishing -- We have multiple finishing tumblers that can accommodate the tumbling needs.
4. Fulfillment -- We do our fulfillment in house to offer direct communication with our backers. Our experience on our last projects have helped us develop accurate fulfillment protocol.
The success of this project depends heavily on getting the word out. Every blog or social networking post counts, so please share. Thanks for your support.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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