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Iris Bowl – Precision Machined Aluminum; Working Aperture

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Discovered on 2016-06-28

Iris Bowl is an anodized aluminum container that stands out because of the way it opens. This innovative design can be operated with a twist of the top ring which in turn, will cause the iris closure to glide open. When you twist it in the other direction, it will glide close. The bowl can be put to use in various places, especially on your office desk to store paper clips, stamps, rubber bands, or whatever little things you might need in your everyday work life. It will surely be a conversation starter among your colleagues because of the way the lid glides open and close. An elegant feat of engineering with no obvious points of assembly. The Iris Bowl is color anodized, a process which oxidizes the aluminum to sapphire and creates an extremely hard jewel-like surface. They are available in various colors of Silver, Red, Green, Gold, Violet, Orange, and Blue. Storing your everyday stationery just got easier and super stylish!

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Paul Gordon
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Haven't received mine.
Karim M
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Got mine in today, and it's amazing.
I hope to see more from you.
Glen Poskitt
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Just to let you know my Red, White (Silver) and Blue bowl has arrived this week. Its a stunning piece of Engineering Art, well done I could not be happier.
Doktor Buzzo
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Received my order and it looks great. Pretty good tolerances on the iris mechanism, too. Thanks!
Mainland Machine
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You can buy Iris Bowls right now on Indiegogo, and in the future you will be able to buy them directly from a website that we are working on. We will notify everyone when the website is up and running.
All the remaining rewards should be shipping this week. Everyone that has not received their Iris Bowl, will be getting them soon.
Christine Ann Miller
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I haven't received my order yet, but am wondering if there will be a way to order more in the future?
Dave S
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These are great! Very nicely done and look / work fantastic! Thanks!
David Van Hoven
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Got mine today. It is awesome. Thank you!
Wes Ewing
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I wish very much that I could keep my pledge through to the end of this campaign; but personal circumstances have changed significantly over the past few weeks... That said, I look forward to the opportunity to purchase one of these extraordinary pieces at a later date. I have every confidence the project will be a resounding success! I'll just have to wait a little longer to have one of my very own :)
Lance
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Congratulations - stretch goal of $12,500 achieved! Black anodized version will now be available as a color choice.
Wes Ewing
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@Karim M That's a great description! Functional art.
Karim M
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Come on backers, Back this project, it looks great.
If is the same quality as his brother's, you'll have a piece of art.
Good luck
Wes Ewing
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Wow! Fantastic. Thanks for the prompt and thorough response :)
Mainland Machine
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@Wes Ewing Thanks for your support, feedback, and great questions! 1. We’ll be shipping all current reward tiers in September. It might seem like a quick delivery schedule, but keep in mind we’re the manufacturer... we aren’t jobbing this out like so many other Kickstarter projects do. We have direct control of the manufacturing process. You’ll also notice that each reward tier is limited in quantity, so as not to exceed our manufacturing capacity. If quantity is exhausted for a reward tier, we’ll be adding additional ones, but with a later delivery schedule. 2. & 3. The Iris Bowl has been highly engineered... don’t confuse “precision” with “delicate”. It’s a well engineered product manufactured to very high precision and standards, and it’s very robust. For example, the pivot points actually have bushings, which will essentially never wear out. Our prototype was made over 6 months ago. We’ve handed it to virtually every person we’ve come into contact with, and it has been cycled countless times... I’m sure well over 1,000 times. There is no visible wear that we’ve noticed. However we’ll be taking a much closer look and taking photos which we’ll provide later in an update. Under normal use we’d imagine it will last a lifetime. 4. We’re not going to stick a backer with a non-functional Iris Bowl, and certainly warranty against any manufacturing defects. We’ve been manufacturing parts and products for our clients for over 30 years and are well acquainted with customer satisfaction. 5. Our projected retail price is $220 (plus shipping isn’t included in retail price).
Wes Ewing
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Your product is very intriguing!! I've backed it for now, but will make a final assessment before the end of the campaign as it isn't exactly an insignificant amount of money for a small bowl. However, I completely agree with your answers to the question previously asked about the price. We all know "Cheap no good, and good no cheap!" That said, I have some questions: 1. What's the projected production and delivery timeline? 2. With repeated use, will the anodizing scratch or wear off on any regular contact points? It would be great if you conducted a test whereby you opened and closed one bowl 1,000 times and posted before and after photos from different angles etc. to show how we could expect it's appearance to change (or not?) over time. 3. With regular use (not abuse), is there any reason to be concerned that with 18 components that it has a practical lifecycle and may not function correctly and or could break down / stop working after ___ number of uses? Or is it pretty much a workhorse that would likely function for decades without any maintenance or component replacement? 4. Somewhat related to the above question, do you offer any warranty or guarantee of any kind? 5. Just curious; any idea on the anticipated retail price? Thanks in advance for letting us all know the above! You've clearly designed a neat thing that would be fun to own :)
Mainland Machine
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We’re off to a strong start. Thank you to everyone for your support! @DJDonTw Thanks for your question and for your support. The Iris Bowl is machined from solid billet aluminum, so even before any work is started, we have raw material costs. And since it’s a sizable item even our anodizing costs aren’t trivial. But the real issue is that this is a very precision machined product. This isn’t just a single machined item. There are numerous components which have been machined, some of which you can’t even see. When all is said and done there are actually 18 components which comprise the Iris Bowl. And a lot also goes into setup and engineering. For example, in order to maintain the precision needed for the pedals to operate smoothly, we’ve had to design special machining fixtures which allow us to maintain a very high level of precision. There is also quite a bit of assembly which goes into it this. The Iris Bowl is deceptively simple looking, but actually quite complex and costly to produce.
Karim M
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Early bird needs! for two and three Iris Bowls
Karim M
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I love it, Good luck with your campaign.
LizW
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Super Cool! Can't wait to see it in person :)
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