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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, March 1 2019 4:11 AM UTC +00:00.

CA$ 1,974
pledged of CA$ 3,200pledged of CA$ 3,200 goal
41
backers
6days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, March 1 2019 4:11 AM UTC +00:00.

About

A Pen? How is it different from any other pen?

3 Reasons: The mechanism, the shape, and the material.

The Mechanism

You push down on the clip with your thumb and the middle button pops up with a satisfying click. To retract the pen, push on the middle button and it springs back up. How it works is a secret, but if you look closely at the video you can see it involves 2 springs, a set screw, and a precision-ground dowel pin.

The Shape

There is a flat face along one side of the pen that allows you to hold on to it more easily than a traditional round pen. There is no "correct" way to hold then pen, and just about everyone I have shown it to has found their own grip.

The Material 

 The pen is made using a process called Multi-Jet Fabrication. Due to the complex geometry of the mechanism, it would be very difficult to injection mold or machine the pens. Fortunately, MJF is extremely accurate and strong. The material used is Nylon PA 12 and the process leaves a soft-textured finish which feels better to grip than rubber or bare metal.

Ok, how does it work?

 Like it says above; press down on the clip to extend, press on the inner button to retract. A bonus side effect of this action is that the pen can not be extended accidentally in your pocket or back. Pressing down on the whole top of the pen leaves it in the retracted state.

What do I get for backing the project?

Depending on which reward level you choose, you get a pen (or pens) as well as relevant information about the pen like how to replace the ink refill. There are 3 main backer tiers and one for the most adventurous.

All shipping will include tracking.

Will there be any changes from prototype to production?

I am planning on making 1 small change to the pen from the current prototype to what you will receive. During testing, I noticed that the clip isn't as easy to slide onto a pocket or notebook as I would like. Shown below, the shape will change to make this easier.

Production Clip Shape (CAD Screenshot)
Production Clip Shape (CAD Screenshot)
Prototype Clip Shape (CAD Screenshot)
Prototype Clip Shape (CAD Screenshot)

Where does the actual "pen" part come from?

The writing part of the pen will be a Parker QuinkFlow Refill. A quality pen needs a quality refill that writes smoothly and is dependable. A survey sent out to backers will allow you to choose between black, blue, red, or a mix if your reward includes multiple pens.

How many prototypes were made?

Seen in the video, there were 3 prototypes made to get a feel for the shape, 6 prototypes of the mechanism at 2x and 1.5x scale, and 3 "alpha" batches of 5 pens each were made to verify functionality and fit.

Project Timeline

  • February: Campaign runs.
  • March: Production run for Seed Level Backers and shipment.
  • March/April: Full production and shipment.

-For DL

Risks and challenges

Timing: There are two months from the end of the campaign to end end of the expected delivery dates. Parts of the pen which need to be made via MJF will be send to the same company who made the prototypes and they have already confirmed their ability to produce the quantity available through Kickstarter. Other parts such as springs and the pen refills are readily available and should not affect the timeline.

Quantity: As campaigns can get out of hand when backers far exceed expectations, all rewards have limited quantities to prevent this from happening.

Feasibility: Shown in the video and described above, many prototypes were made to make sure that the pens function perfectly when you receive them.

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    You want it? You got it. One complete pen with the ink colour of your choosing.

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    Get in on the ground level - you get your reward from the first batch of pens...before anyone else. Also, your name will be on the info cards sent to all backers as a thank you for your early support. Feel free to get multiple seed level pens.

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