Welcome to UFO Tops
UFO Tops are the world's first splash anodized metal tops. Each top is UFO-shaped using precision CNC machining. The unique shape, variety of finishes, and cards make our tops one-of-a-kind. We are here on Kickstarter to introduce our flagship models - Roswell and Cussac.
Shipping in time for Christmas!
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Why Spinning Tops?
Tops have been around for centuries. There is something mesmerizing about them. Watching a top spin straight up for nearly 2 minutes feels like you are defying gravity (see below).
Tops can boost your brain power at your desk during the slow or stressful times of the day. They can calm a racing mind and bring ideas to focus. These intricate and colorful tops are a great distraction from the many digital devices that influence us each day.
"UFO Tops have been great for my autistic kids", says Slade, co-founder, "they love the space theme and unique shapes. I love the tops because it provides a nice distraction from their digital devices and improves their imagination."
Roswell and Cussac
UFO Tops come in two designs—Roswell and Cussac, named and designed after historic UFO sightings in Roswell, New Mexico and Cussac, France.
The saucer shape of the Roswell top came directly from numerous accounts where they described the UFO as a“disk” or “flying saucer.” The spherical shape of the Cussac also came directly from the eye witness accounts of two children in France who described the UFO as a “perfect sphere.”
UFO Tops come natural (no anodizing) and multiple anodized colors:
What is anodizing?
Anodizing is an electrochemical process that converts the metal surface into a decorative, durable, corrosion-resistant, anodic oxide finish. This protective coating is harder than the aluminum and protects your UFO top on spinning surfaces from wearing down over time.
What is splash anodizing?
Splash anodizing is a labor intensive method that creates a uniquely beautiful coating. Each splash-anodized top has a one-of-a-kind color pattern.
Each color is fun and different and produces a unique display when spun.
The Cussac is offered natural and three colors: natural (no surface treatment), UFO silver, splash anodized black/yellow and black/white.
The Roswell is offered in natural and three colors: natural (no surface treatment), UFO silver, splash anodized black/white and purple/green.
At the end of the campaign we will send out a survey so you can let us know what which model (Roswell or Cussac) and color you would like.
Watch Roswell spin on this wood table in real-time.
The Andromeda Galaxy Series
Cussac and Roswell make up the Andromeda Galaxy Series. These tops have distinct differences that make them fun and unique in their own way.
Spinning tops vary in speed and length of spin based on a few key attributes: weight, shape and friction. Roswell at 18g is 1.5 times the weight of Cussac (12g). Also the saucer shape of Roswell with its weight further from the rotational axis enhances the rotational inertia, which improves spin length.
Cussac with its lightweight spherical design creates a fast-spinning top that excels in upside-down spins. The circular shape also makes it perfect for sidewinder spins.
A typical spin time for Roswell is 2:10 and 1:15 for Cussac. Roswell weighs in at 18g (0.63 oz) and 12g (0.42 oz) for Cussac.
The LightRay Base
We designed the LightRay Base with three things in mind.
1) Display and dock your top
2) Low-friction spinning surface
3) Travel companion.
The Sighting card retells the story of the events surrounding the UFO sighting. The Information card tells you about your UFO Top. Also enjoy this original artwork created by Lili.
Back with Confidence
This is our third Kickstarter. We feel we've learned a few things that will allow us to deliver an outstanding experience.
Check out our previous campaigns:
"Wow this is how all Kickstarter projects should be managed. My dongle is already coming in 2 days. Props to the creators for being so quick!" - Dave, SuperBacker
"I got my package yesterday! Thanks Plexity for the quick ship" - Jake
"Great job with the flashlight !!! I might to get the 2nd flashlight ordered but I ran out of time due to working so much. I was also going to order the spar parts but .... Same failure on my side. Do you offer the purchase to your backers still ? If no, I understand. Either way thank you for the best product I have received from Kickstarter thus far"- William
My light is perfect! This was worth every penny and then some. It's gorgeous, feels great in hand, and the brightness levels seem very good. I tagged the light on Instagram and will get up more pics. -Jesse
Designed in USA
UFO Tops has selected only the highest quality overseas suppliers. We have used them for many precision-machined products such as the Atlas C57 flashlight. We pride ourselves in providing only the best. Our goal is to bring this manufacturing to USA as we scale and grow our brand.
We're excited to get the Roswell and Cussac tops in your hands as soon as possible. Pre-production efforts are currently underway to ensure a smooth hand-off from production, inspection, assembly and fulfillment. We are confident you will be pleasantly surprised when these show up at your door.
An incredible stocking stuffer? We’ll let you decide.
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Risks and challenges
There is always some degree of risk in a project. We have worked hard to reduce the risk associated with production and fulfillment. We have been working closely with suppliers to ensure a smooth and timely delivery before Christmas. We have over 50 prototypes, both metal and 3D printed to ensure manufacturability.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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