You can now see the product at http://obrary.com/products/bamboo-wallets.
12 Dec 14 - Thank you all for making this Kickstarter a success! We did this project in November/December 2014. We successfully funded the campaign and shipped out the rewards quickly after the campaign closed. To stay in the loop on our future Kickstarters, sign up for our newsletter.
Introducing a line of bamboo wallets that are slim, stylish, and practical. A wallet that is small and strong, yet comfortable in your pocket all day. It’s time to ditch that fat old wallet for a custom bamboo wallet that is proven durable and incredibly unique
Our designs are beautiful and simple; the grain of the bamboo makes every wallet unique and elegant in its own way. This sleek bamboo wallet feels great in your hand, and your ongoing use of the wallet will transfer the oils from your hands into the naturally absorbent bamboo, giving it a hand-rubbed finish, so that you’ll truly be adding your own personal touch.
We have extensively stress tested all of our wallets. With our results we designed along with the natural strengths of bamboo to maximize it's appeal and durability. The wallets are designed to withstand normal wear and tear and even take some daily abuse.
For months we have continually been evolving and iterating on the design. The designs are now ready for production. We want you to experience the excitement through simplicity this wallet brings. Even though at first we were skeptical of the wallets functionality, both of us have ditched our conventional bill-fold wallet and have converted entirely to using these bamboo wallets because they are slim, simple, and unique. When was the last time you saw someone with a bamboo wallet? Break the ice with this stylistic wallet.
As engineering students at the University of California, San Diego, we are always looking for engineering and design challenges. We became intrigued with the idea of taking a sustainable material like wood, that has many limitations due to its physical nature, and creating a wallet with it. After experimenting with various types of wood we decided to use bamboo. Why bamboo? Because bamboo is extremely sustainable, it is the fastest growing wood (technically, it’s a grass) it is flexible, strong, and extremely sustainable. We believed that sourcing our materials properly would be important and bamboo was the ideal renewable resource.
We intend to revolutionize the wallet, by making the unconventional become naturally and beautifully conventional. We set out to create a slim wallet that is comfortable, can hold both cards and cash, feels great to hold in your hand, and finally is aesthetically pleasing. These wallets meets these goals.
Our Design Process
Our wallets have been designed to utilize the natural strengths of bamboo to maximize its appeal and durability. All of the designs were created on Open Source CAD and 3D modeling software. They are CNC machined, hand assembled and sanded. After extensive stress tests, we have created a wallet that will withstand normal wear and tear, and even take some daily abuse. For months our designs have continually evolved and improved. After countless iterations the wallets are now perfect for you.
We want you to experience the excitement through simplicity our wallets bring. At first we were skeptical of the wallets’ functionality, but both of us have ditched our conventional bill-fold wallets and have converted entirely to using these bamboo wallets, because they are slim, simple, and unique.
Be one of the first to own one of these innovative and stylistic bamboo wallets! Confide in natural simplicity.
We are thrilled that we have achieved our initial goal! Thank you all for your support. We are excited to get our wallets to you but in the meantime, while the Kickstarter is still running, we are offering a stretch goal.
Stretch Goal #1 - $6,000 - free bamboo ear-bud holder
If we reach this level of funding, we will send an additional gift along with each wallet! In alignment with our goal to streamline everyday life using sustainable bamboo, we have created ear-bud organizers. It can get frustrating having to always untangle your ear-buds and our design tackles that while remaining slim. The streamlined design features securing slots for your two ear buds and another slot for the plug. Additionally it is a fun dog-bone shape to ensure the cords do not slip off.
Everyone who sees our wallets are amazed and immediately ask for one themselves. However, it is incredibly time consuming and expensive to make small batches of these wallets due to the cost of bamboo and their intricacies. This is why we came to Kickstarter. We want to be able to share these amazing wallets with everyone but need a large enough volume to make it cost effective.
About Obrary and Digital Manufacturing
The economies of scale for mass production are well understood. And mass production brings us many products. But there is a long tail of desired products that are not mass produced. They are either custom-built or don't get built at all. And custom-built usually means expensive. So in aggregate, there is a large demand for products that go unfilled either because the current custom-product is too expensive or no one is making the product at all.
At Obrary, we are developing manufacturing techniques that can fill the need of the long tail cost effectively. We are committed to fostering open design and creating beautiful, high quality and durable products that people want but aren't readily available today. We see a world filled with free and openly available designs for products that are created by the community to fill their particular needs. Whether it's a storage solution, furniture, fashion accessory or a unique tool, we can build across a nearly limitless range of sizes and in a variety of materials to make just about anything . . . Today.
To make this more cost effective and scalable, Obrary is focusing on improving the current inefficiencies in the economics of small batch processing. We're using our knowledge of Product Development, Agile Software Engineering and Digital Manufacturing to significantly reduce costs associated with producing tangible products from digital designs. We've identified that the tools and standards exist today -- what is missing is the software to pull it all together cost effectively.
In order to do this we're creating a digital production pipeline that focuses specifically on small batch manufacturing where we can drive the creation of open designs and deliver products leveraging readily available materials. With this just-in-time batch model, manufacturing happens closer to the demand source and reduces the need for transportation and storage. It also provides a model to spread out the costs that are typically fixed and currently present the most significant barrier to entry for new, small volume products.
We've been validating and improving these manufacturing processes on a variety of products, and have chosen these bamboo wallets to demonstrate our capabilities and provide you with a great product.
Risks and challenges
Supporting a Kickstarter inherently yields some risks; however, we are confident that all products will get shipped out in a timely fashion. We intend to start production as soon as the Kickstarter reaches its goal, so we can ensure all our products will be delivered in a timely manner. In regards to sourcing, we have access to a plethora of bamboo and have already sourced all of our non-bamboo components - we do not have a shortage of supplies. In regards to early bird shipping by Christmas, these will be the first wallets to be made and will be shipped as soon as our Kickstarter is backed.
Our wallets are machined on a CNC router, which we have direct access to via a maker space. After machined, the wallets are hand sanded, assembled, then inspected to ensure we are delivering the highest quality bamboo wallet to you. We have already perfected the design, everything is ready to go for production, the last thing we need is the volume for production. If by chance the demand for our product is much higher than we expected, we have people on call to help us increase our production capacity. There are a few problems that can arise over the course of this Kickstarter, but we are working everyday on this project and we will keep in contact with our backers to ensure satisfaction.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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