About this project
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We're excited to launch our 4th project here on Kickstarter...
If you backed our previous Ti2 Sentinel titanium cache project... or, our TORQ bottle opener... or, our Ti2 Pen, welcome back and thanks for your continued support and check out our repeat backer pledge option. If you’ve just discovered us, thank you for taking the time to check out our latest project..
The Ti2 Sentinel X
The Ti2 Sentinel X is a no compromise, hard anodized, aluminum, lightweight, water-tight, large format cache for storing critical items and, in a pinch, can be used as a vessel over an open flame/heating source for water boiling/sterilizing.
The Sentinel X was inspired by backer feedback! After the last Sentinel project many backers wrote to us and asked "how about something a little bigger?"
How big is it?
Internal dimensions 2" diameter and 6" length (51mm x 153mm)
External dimensions 2.5" diameter and 8" length (63mm x 204mm)
Sentinel X -- “form follows function” philosophy with key features:
Water Tight -- The “X” is tested water tight and features Twin orings for redundancy. The orings are made from food grade silicone and able to withstand temperatures required to boil water.
Strength -- The “X” is strength optimized using CAD parasolid modeling resulting in a unique ribbed/skeletonized design. We are using aircraft grade 6061-T6 aluminum in its construction.
Lightweight -- At just 400 grams the “X” offers a minimal weight footprint. An excellent way to safe hold 18+ cubic inches (11 fluid ounces) of critical gear.
Finishes -- The Sentinel X is offered in 2 versions of Type 3, hard anodized coating. The Sentinel X1 is Type 3 Class 1 hard anodized and is food grade. Due to the anodizing process it comes in a greyish-bronze color and your choice of regular or satin finish (check out comparison photo below). This anodizing process is typically used for military applications where durability is critical. Also, this coating is common on aluminum cookware such as pots and frying pans offering excellent flame resistance. The Sentinel X2 is Type 3, Class 2, NON food grade and available in Black, Olive Drab and Brown satin finish only. Both the X1 and X2 exhibit the same durability properties.
Gear Integration -- The design hosts 12 small slots for attaching a myriad of lanyards, paracord, clips, etc and one large loop for carbiners, larger straps, molle gear.. just about anything!
Bells and Whistles -- Similar to the last Sentinel project we are using modified stub acme threads with Higbee blunt starts. New for this project is a twin start thread which helps to secure the caps in one turn.
Bouyant -- Perfect for safe keeping critical gear dry while boating.
Manufacturing and Fulfillment:
As a creator and backer we’re focused on what makes great projects great, and how we can improve ours.. With each project we’ve diverted extra funds into manufacturing infrastructure to help expedite the manufacturing process. After the last project we sat down and researched various manufacturing machines that would greatly improve throughput and get product to our backers faster. In doing this research we found a machine that perfectly fit our needs... It's a 6 axis Hardinge lathe GS 200 MSY, specifically for autonomous high speed machining. It's now fully operational and ready for its first project.. the Sentinel X.
Now that our new machining center has been delivered and set up our project goal is to replace our current CAM (computer aided machining) software. Both of the software options we're looking at will help reduce time it takes to machine parts and helping deliver backer rewards quicker. Please help us by passing the word about our project.
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 -- Aluminum -- Multiple vendors and quotes are lined up.
2. Machine the parts -- Lowest risk of the process, our new machine is optimized for parts like this insuring quick production and high quality parts.
3. Finishing -- We have multiple finishing tumblers that can accommodate the tumbling needed for the Sentinels. The Hard Anodizing is performed by a reputable company that we have a long standing relationship with. They have always offered good communication, fast turnaround and a great product. They did the pictured prototypes and their team has reviewed our project, offered quoting. We have contingency coating companies in case something changes.
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.
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