Kickstarter Backers: Thanks for making this a successful campaign!
How we got to Kickstarter:
While I was at Stanford University, I took a Mechanical Engineering class that encouraged students to solve real world problems. I recalled my issues with back pain caused by carrying a thick leather wallet in my back pocket. Carrying my wallet in my front pocket solved this problem, but was thick, bulky and uncomfortable.
I set out to design the ultimate minimalist wallet. I wanted something thin, small and a joy to carry – but also a design that could carry all my essential credit and ID cards. I was not satisfied with other so-called minimalist wallets – the idea of taking a beautifully machined metal wallet and pairing it with elastic straps, velcro or rubber bands was offensive to me. I would also try to avoid using any unnecessary parts, screws, rivets, hinges, magnets or clasps.
I filed a patent application for this design in August – so the DM1 is a truly unique design!
Truly Minimalist functionality:
The DM1 is a truly minimalist design – it’s a single piece of aluminum, cut into the ideal shape to positively retain up to 8 identification or credit cards. The design eliminates any unnecessary parts, but securely and beautifully carries and protects your cards.
It does NOT block RFID – so you can use building access cards and contact-less RFID credit cards without removing them from the DM1. The open front and back are ideal for photo ID cards like a drivers license.
It only weighs 0.8 ounces (23 grams) – about the same as 4 credit cards.
At only 3.53” x 2.38” x 0.36”, it is thinner than an iPhone 4 and just barely larger than a credit card.
This video shows how to easily insert / remove cards.
The DM1 is hewn from a solid billet of 7075-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum. Although it is feather-light, it feels strong and substantial in-hand. The chamfered edges and smooth corners make for a comfortable and slim pocket. The rounded detents secure your cards in place with a positive click.
Anodizing creates a tough, smooth, protective surface – available in your choice of 4 colors or un-dyed hard-anodized finish.
Optional laser engraving allows you to personalize your DM1 with two lines of text.
To create a finished product that meets your expectations for quality, the DM1 is precision made with CNC (computer numerical control) milling machines. Every surface is milled with a ±0.002” (two-thousandths of an inch) tolerance – ensuring that your cards snap into place and are securely held every time.
The edges are chamfered for a smooth pocket feel. The corners are rounded so it never snags. The surfaces are then brushed and tumbled to achieve a beautiful finish. The raw aluminum parts are then anodized and colored in a process that locks the pigments in the anodizing layer.
If you're concerned about material waste – don't worry. Aluminum is the most easily recycled metal. All the metal removed in the DM1 manufacturing process is captured and recycled into new products.
Specifications (subject to change):
Capacity: 1 – 8 cards – 2 cards externally visible
Retention: Cards secured by 2 detents
Weight: 0.8 ounces (23 grams)
Designed and Made in California, USA:
You are supporting US workers and a recent Stanford University graduate. For this Kickstarter campaign, I wanted to ensure that we deliver the highest quality products from vendors located where I can go shake their hand. We feel that is the only way we can be sure we meet your quality and delivery time expectations.
And most important, we want to do our part to support Made In USA manufacturing.
DM1 Stretch Goals:
Our commitment: First and foremost, we commit to you that stretch goals WILL NOT impact shipping times of orders for standard DM1 (8 card / aluminum) models. We will not sacrifice shipping times for the stretch goal options. But for those of you who really want the stretch goal versions, we will do our best to fulfill these orders no later than January 2015.
Stretch Goal #1: > $8,000 – UNLOCKED! – at this level, we will add 2 additional designs – a 4-card version and a 12-card version. The only difference should be thickness. The 4-card version needed to be redesigned (needs to be slightly thicker to easily insert 4 cards), but otherwise they tested great! We should be able to ship the first few hundred of the 4-card and 12-card versions in mid-December (hopefully just in time for Christmas)!
Stretch Goal #2: > $10,000 – Prototypes on the way and will be re-launched in January as a new Kickstarter campaign! – at this level, we will add an additional material option. We will need to investigate if Titanium, Stainless Steel or Naval Brass are suitable metals for the current DM1 design. If the DM1 can be manufactured with one of these metals with little to no redesign, then we will make these material options available at fulfillment time. Please keep in mind that all these base metals are more expensive and harder to machine than aluminum, so choosing one of these options will likely require an upgrade payment. Since the changes will inevitably affect manufacturing processes and machining times, choosing one of these metal options may also result in your order being delayed.
Stretch Goal #3: > $25,000 – UNLOCKED – Voting Closed – at this level, we will add an additional aluminum anodizing standard color option. I will open a poll to backers and you'll all have a chance to vote for an additional color!
Stretch Goal #4: > $50,000 – Design complete and will be re-launched in January as a new Kickstarter campaign! – You asked for it! We will add a money clip accessory upgrade option that snaps in just like a credit card. It will stick out the side of the DM1 and add about .25" or 6 mm to the thickness. You can use them separately or attach one or two money clips (one on each side). Foreign travelers can use two – one for domestic and another for foreign bills! Currently testing this in Stainless Steel and Titanium. I will post an update as soon as I have pricing.
Copyright 2014 Decadent Minimalist Designs. All Rights Reserved. Patent Pending.
Risks and challenges
First of all – I commit to you that I will post frequent and regular updates, both to Kickstarter as well as my blog to keep you updated.
To reduce risk, Decadent Minimalist Designs is working with proven machine shops and metal finishers in Northern California. These vendors are professionals and regularly machine metal for both small and much larger customers. Our primary vendor has 7 CNC milling machines and could easily make hundreds of DM1 wallets per day. They have already proven their capabilities with a test run of 15 wallets. Using a high-volume shop is the best way for us to keep quality high and prices reasonable.
Our biggest concern is delivering to you on schedule. Our manufacturing partner already improved our machining time by 75% and has both the capacity and staff to meet our timetable. We have worked with shipping and packaging vendors to ensure we understand the process and deadlines for holiday shipping. For our premium reward levels, we have extremely high confidence that we will be able to deliver well before Christmas.
UPDATE 10/18/14: We just received prototypes of the 4-card and 12-card versions and several new anodizing finishes. We are currently ahead of schedule and highly optimistic!
UPDATE 10/30/14: We pre-ordered 2,500 assorted DM1 wallets to ensure that we have stock to ship immediately after the Kickstarter check clears the bank! We'll be able to ship the first 2,500 orders the first two weeks of December! That's the best way to reduce risk!
We have two stretch goals in mind – one will be an alternate metal (hopefully titanium, but possibly stainless steel or naval brass). The second would be to create both thinner and thicker models (4 card and 12 card versions). The CAD designs for both these models are already complete, but these new materials and new designs are untested and could pose manufacturing difficulties. In the event our stretch goals are unlocked, backers will be able to choose their desired combination of material and size – but please keep in mind these stretch options may take longer to deliver.
UPDATE 10/18/14: We just received prototypes of the 4-card and 12-card versions and they work great!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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