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Zack SearsBy Zack Sears
First created
Zack SearsBy Zack Sears
First created
$8,108
pledged of $15,000pledged of $15,000 goal
166
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, January 11 2013 2:37 AM UTC +00:00

About

Introducing the Sled iPhone 5 Case- a precision engineered, ultra-thin case made of natural materials like premium Horween leather and hardwoods with unique burl patterns. The perfect combination of protection and style.

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A little about us...

Sled is a small company started by two friends in the winter of 2012, Chris Little and Zack Sears. After working separately on different products including furniture, belts, wallets, and the like, the duo teamed up and used their common interest in craftsmanship and working with natural materials to create a replacement back for iPhone 4 and 4s.

The product quickly gained a loyal following and has been reviewed by publications that include: ComplexGQSelectism, Thrillist, UrbanDaddy, and Unplggd.

Now, with Apple's release of the iPhone 5, Sled has set out to create a new case that fits the updated form factor and complements the exceptional design.

A collection of past products

Features:

  • Simple & Classic Style
  • Precision Snap-on Fit
  • Ultra-thin Plastic Case Material
  • Assembled by Hand in the USA
  • Horween Chromexcel Leather
  • North American Hardwood Burls
  • Available in 6 different models
  • Specs (mm): 59.89W x 125.15L x 10.34D

Why we are raising funds:

When you are setting out to do something really well, it's important that you start from scratch; however the cost associated with developing and producing your own mold this way is quite high. Fortunately, the reward is perfection in all aspects of the design. With our previous products, molds were not necessary because either the parts were already available or the product simply did not require a mold. With our iPhone 5 case we have used 3D modeling and rapid prototyping to perfect the design and we now need additional funding to go to full production. Here are the costs in detail:

  • Single Cavity Mold = $10,000
  • First Production Run = $1,500
  • Raw Materials & Prep = $2,000
  • Packaging = $1,500
  • Total Funding Required = $15k

Where will they be made?

USA. All materials will be sourced from US companies and production and assembly will happen right here in our workshops in Boston and New York.

Risks and challenges

The primary risk with this project is working with the manufacturer who is creating the case mold for us. We have already prototyped many different case shapes and tested these on a one-off basis, and have worked closely with vendors to fully understand the costs and timing for the project. However, as with any mass produced item there is a risk involved with outsourcing production.

We are confident that based on our vendor selection, careful design & testing, and experience with delivering high quality products to our customers thus far we will be able to avoid any delays or problems with the manufacturing process.

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    We truly appreciate your support and will add you to our Friends of Sled email list (if you wish) for future special offers and new products.

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    Early Bird: iPhone 5 case in your choice of material. Check out the swatch photos on the left to get a sense of what's available. Free shipping in the US. Special offer limited to the first 100 backers!

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    An iPhone 5 case in your choice of material. Check out the swatch photos on the left to get a sense of what's available. Free Shipping in the US.

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    An iPhone 5 case in your choice of material + a handmade leather keychain with brass clasp.

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    An iPhone 5 case in your choice of material + a handmade leather sunglasses strap.

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    An iPhone 5 case in your choice of material + a handmade horween leather belt made by Lodge, Co.

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Funding period

- (45 days)