The Awesome DogTagPillBox ©® Proudly Made In the USA !
April 21 (Crowfunding wrote an unsolicited spotlight.. thanking them !):
(Please View Our Brief and Detailed Product Focused Video at the Bottom Of This Page)
"They" say "Necessity is the Mother of Invention"..
That is how I came up with this anyway. Blind in my left eye it seems I have to have medication on me all the time. I was tired of the pockets or plastic carriers... so while holding my real dog tags I thought "Man... if I could just put the medicine in my DogTags"... and that was it... the sketchs started, the paperwork filed and here we are. Fully patented, copyrights, trademarks... a great product with so many uses and for any age.. any demographic.
I have said so many times that this great item can be used for just about any demographic and for so many reasons... Candy, Guitar Picks.. medicine.. a locket for a good luck piece... maybe a 4 lead clover (not sure what made me think of that !)
Please enjoy our presentation. Our Time Line is available at the bottom of this page. THANK YOU.
Your contribution will allow us the boost we need to begin large production right here in the USA and work the necessary channels to put these dogtagpillbox's not just in the hands of the consumer.. but the priviledge of knowing our Veterans that may need medication can keep it close to them while embracing the symbol of every service man and woman... and We would love to be able to give some, the best we can; to the heros.
(** Please See Below just above the timeline and towards the end of the presentation..I Posted A "Stretch Goal" (Everyone Is Rewarded !) April 10th, 2014 at 1:28AM... Thank You For Looking At Our Project !)
A Collage Of Pics: Leather Upgrade, Gunmetal, Aluminum and Brass
A Short Animation From Photographs I Took Of The Prototype... had the pictures transformed into Pencil Sketch Reproductions and stitched them together For Entertainment.... I hope you enjoy.
A Closer Look at our heavyweight 3.5 Ounce 100% Brass Model
BELOW IS OUR ALUMINUM MODEL
Our 100% Aluminum Model: Same Design at 1.9 Ounces
The "MAGNO" tm Brand is on the lower left of every DogTag Box allowing for a smooth bottom which can be engraved as well as other technologies such as a photo or logo (like you may have seen on Coffee Mugs etc).
The "Lambskin Leather" hand finished on our aluminum box came from an a customer cellular phone I used to own... they are still produced all by hand and the fine leather gave it a great look and feel. This is my goal here. The lid and the bottom are "milled" (forming a pocket) of 7mm (.026 inches) leaving a border of 1/40,000 of an inch. The leather is completely hand finished and bonded to the lid, the bottom and the inside bottom as well. We are only offering a very small quantity .. we can see how much of a desire there is for this .. it steps up the model to a fine piece of jewelry if you ask me !
HYDROGRAPHICS: Our Introduction to the Gunmetal Design Pattern
Our next model is using the process of Hydrographics: We have secured one of the largest Hydrographics companies in the Country to complete this stage for us. I contacted the CEO personally and to quote (you may realize the name of the company but I do not want to take the liberty of that at this point: The Company defines the process as follows: " ® finishes are created using a unique water transfer printing process that can be used on almost any material including metals, plastics, glass, hard woods, and more. The water transfer printing process is simple, but our unique and proprietary Skin® finish is what sets (insert "us") apart from the competition. Whether the production is for small-run parts or a bulk order, we have both manual and automated procedures to meet your needs."
Following is a quote from the CEO to me. We have, of course; secured our business with the company in the hope of your contributions.
I believe you have a great product. I believe we could support your needs very well and I look forward to showing you how we believe we can add value to your product.
I have copied both XXXX and XXXX who direct our business development so we can all be in the loop. Please reply to this email to let us know if you can be available on Monday or Tuesday for a conference call with our team."
Why Kickstarter? Because we want to produce this product only in the United States. While the DogTag Boxes are CNC machined there is still a lot of manual labor to be relied upon. Each of the 3 magnets must be cut to size and the polarization correct prior to insertion and bonding. Each box must be hand buffed.. the workmanship in the USA is where it belongs and the "Dog Tag" is a U.S. icon ..Initially the costs are high but will come down after our first large production run. The plans to streamline the product would be in place and moving.
Digital Camo: For The Tactical Look (using Hydrographics)
Pink And Yellow (The Bright Look)
(Refer To Update Number 8: This Is A Goal, However.. EVERYONE is rewarded if We Hit This Goal... Please See Below ! (Updated April 10th, 2014 at 1:28am EST))
A STRETCH GOAL?
$5000... EVERYONE GETS THE REWARD !!!! EVERYONE !
(A Shout Of "THANKS" goes Out To Our Leather Craftsman)
My intentions for this stretch goal is to get more of the DogTagPillBox's out to the public. My goal is not to simply have a successful Kickstarter project ! For me.. this is just the beginning. Since day one I have worked on the patents, copyrights, trademarks and looking for the facilities that can create this product with the BEST quality, the BEST engineering in mind.. hiring the engineers to draft it, translate it... and someone with the faith that we can do it...
Keep in mind that "over funding" does NOT mean extra money !... what it means is more backers ! More backers means more rewards to fulfill .. I find that AWESOME !
I suppose I could write another 3 pages but I wont do that to you ! (ha...) It is important to me.. always has been.. that like Zig Ziglar said "you can have anything in life you want IF you help enough people get what they want out of life..."
I back projects all the time.. and there are many that were not funded but I purchased from their websites... and now it is YOU making this happen for US... If you have any questions PLEASE ask... how else can I thank everyone ?
I have been trying to think of something to give to EVERYONE that is making this happen !
I wasn't comfortable with the "Stretch Goal" (as I define it) because I feel, as a backer of many projects myself; how can the developer offer a new or additional product as a reward towards a stretch goal when so many people have already made choices ..? Or pledged an amount that they could afford and then the developer adds another item that may virtually double the price and some just are not rewarded? Well.. I can't do that.
I hope what I finally came up with is something you all may like. Something that is nice.. not cheap.. and something that is of value that you may not go out and get yourself... ??
This is Real Leather....
So I came up with A Jewelry Travel Case.... It is 6 1/4 x 9 inches ! This ups the size of the mailer ! Very Soft Black Leather (real leather) and camel lining.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR MAKING THIS HAPPEN !!!
The Timeline For Major Stages Of Production:
(Please note: We have the completed engineered drawings. The completed prototypes used for the photos provide us the quality assurance of the factory). The drawings are below.
.1. We Must Order The Metals From Approved Companies. The metals are Aluminum and Brass. A purchase order will be provided upon the completion of our Kickstarter Project and assurance of the funding.
2. Machine Time: We have access to at least 3 machines. Once programmed into the CNC machines we estimate 7 boxes (minimum) per hour. One 8 hour day would produce 168 Boxes (7 per hour, 3 machines and 8 hour workday).
3. The boxes must be manually buffed etc, all magnets must be hand bonded and checking of the polarity
4, Any orders for the Leather would require the respective boxes to be sent for "milling". The milling (the lid and the bottom of 7mm is also CNC machined and requires programming. Although probably faster production we will stay with the 7 per hour and the use of 1 machine (seperate from the 3 above). This should not effect the overall outcome at all (as far as time is concerned).
5. This project is 30 days. One completed and successful our relationshiop with the factory owners will allow us to begin the purchase order and production. We are given 30 days + net to pay for the order. This means AFTER we received the entire production (purchase order) in full our 30 days begins to tick. (Explained further below)
6. With the drawings complete and our account rep waiting on us we will be ready to go. We will allow 2 weeks to be provided the beginning of the machine time. This brings us to Mid May. Allowing circumstances we cant even think of we are projecting a full 30 days of production (which would actually produce over 5000 boxes (well above our requested financing and amount of boxes on the rewards).
7. We estimate allowing the 30 days to have all the orders picked up, packaged and ready to ship by Mid June AT THE LATEST.
Thank you for considering our project !
We hope you find this a worhty project for your investment backing and .
Please enjoy one last short video:
Risks and challenges
The risks we would have is finding a professional machine company that works with strict quality standards and knows the qualified metals to purchase. This risk, however; I have solved by securing a factory with the highest standards in the industry and employees hundreds of people. The company has been terrific and welcoming to us. Your contributions could solidify this relationship for the long term.
The factory is within 15 minutes of my location allowing me access and communication over the project and the quality control.
The prototypes in the pictures were produced by the company and the workmanship is 2nd to none.
- (30 days)