About this project
Hi Kickstarter, my name is Paul and this is my first Kickstarter campaign. I am excited that my invention has come to fruition and that I am close to sharing it with the world.
What is the YolkVac?
The YolkVac is a compact, fun and easy-to-use kitchen utensil that separates eggs more efficiently than traditional methods by using suction. It keeps your hands clean and prevents the yolk from breaking. It easily breaks into two halves for easy cleaning. It is even dishwasher safe. The YolkVac is also Patent Pending.
I got the idea for The YolkVac a little over a year ago after watching a viral Youtube video of someone using a water bottle to separate an egg. I immediately envisioned a similar device that could also break into two halves for easy cleaning. I happened to be reading a book called "One Simple Idea" by Stephen Key which motivated me to pursue my idea. After a few weeks of perfecting the idea in my head and on paper, I made a prototype and soon after I posted it on Youtube. Check out the original YouTube post here!
I then contacted several industrial designers and a many manufacturers with an end goal of getting my new invention on store shelves. From the beginning the plan was to make an inexpensive, yet high-quality kitchen utensil. Below shows the evolution of the first CAD designs and the first, second, and third prototypes.
I finally partnered with a manufacturer/distributor, Jokari, who helped make the YolKVac tangible and who will help to get the YolkVac on store shelves.
After about about a year of development, a handful of product redesigns, and many other speed bumps along the way, I am happy to present the final version of the YolkVac.
Why The YolkVac over other egg separators?
Why not? It is simple to use and works more effectively than traditional egg separating methods/utensils. We've also kept the YolkVac considerably less expensive than the similar suction-powered egg separators one the market (all of which that debuted after the YolkVac was introduced on YouTube last year). It is easy to clean, small enough to fit in any kitchen utensil drawer, and it is fun!
What's in it for you (the backer)?
By helping fund my campaign you will get a YolkVac of your own at each of the pledging levels. You should also get a warm fuzzy feeling knowing that you are helping me with the next step of my year-long journey of making the YolkVac a reality.
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Thanks to popular demand by the Kickstarter Community, there is now a new reward option! Introducing the super soft YolkVac jersey Tees!
Colors: Heathered Grey and Orange/Coral
Sizes (Unisex): S, M, L, XL, XXL (American Apparel says these run a little small, FYI)
The YolkVac Jersey Tees are printed on American Apparel jersey t-shirts. All shirts are made in the USA. You can claim a YolkVac tee for yourself for a contribution of $24 or a YolkVac and t-shirt combo is yours at the $30 level.
If you have already pledged at any level, you can add a YolkVac tee to your rewards by increasing your pledge level by $24.
What are the next steps?
I have partnered with a manufacturer and distributor with an excellent track record in bringing kitchen gadgets to life. In testing different sizes and designs, we have made several small scale production dies. After determining the perfect size, shape, and material, we have invested in dies for a large-scale production run of up to 10,000 YolkVacs. All of that has been created and paid for. The next steps for us are to cover logistics costs and legal fees, which is where the funding from this campaign will come in. Funds raised by this campaign will cover packaging, transportation, and the expensive patent/lawyer fees associated with filing a utility patent.
Once our goal is met, we will be able to flip the switch of the manufacturing line for the first batch of YolkVacs. This first production run should only take a couple of weeks with the proper quality control. The dies have already been created and that is often times the hardest part. After that comes transport. Transportation will be via freight to keep the costs to a minimum and could take another 10 to 14 days. The YolkVacs will arrive in a warehouse here in Texas (Dallas area) and I will then personally wrap/package each of the YolkVacs, stamp each backer's address on them, and send them off. I entertained using a third party fulfillment center to do this, but in order for us to keep costs at a minimum, I have elected myself to do this part personally. If we get enough backers and exceed the initial large-scale production run of 10,000 units, we will be able to offer a second color. If we hit another stretch goal exceeding that 10,000 unit mark, we will be able to cover production on a third color, and so on. Depending on how popular the YolkVac is, I may entertain using a fulfillment center again, but will like just recruit friends and family to help. Depending on how many backers we get, this step could possibly take the longest amount of time. I am estimating it will take anywhere from 1-3 weeks to package and ship all of the YolkVacs.
Please let me know if you have any other questions. I look forward to hearing from you.
Risks and challenges
It seems like projects like these always take longer than planned -- I did not expect it to take over a year to get the YolKVac to where it is today. However, most of the foreseeable setbacks have already occurred and hopefully we will not run into any others. If we do, the manufacturing company that I am working with has a great track record of producing kitchen utensils and gadgets. YolKVac has a dedicated team with the best resources behind it in order to overcome any other obstacles that may occur. One recent obstacle we have overcome involved changing the material we use to make the YolkVac. Up until recently, TPR (thermoplastic rubber) was considered food safe by the FDA and it was by all of the major brands. Last month the FDA ruled TPR not to be food safe, so we had to change our material. We decided upon silicone for the rubbery, colored part of the YolkVac, which is cleared by the FDA.
Leadtimes may also be prolonged depending on the amount of demand for the YolkVac and if stretch goals are met to manufacture the YolkVac in new colors. If that is the case, the team behind YolkVac will do everything we can to expedite manufacturing and will regularly keep you up-to-date on where your YolkVac is and when you can expect it.
If all goes as planned and there aren't any hiccups along the way, you should receive your YolkVac by the holidays.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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