What is the Buckip?
The Buckip is designed to.....
Save you water, save you time time, and save you money.......
We live in a world today, when the solutions to issues are generally high in technology...but what about simplifying things, Looking for solutions that are simple, logical, robust, sustainable, efficient.
Introducing the Buckip... a clip that attaches your hosepipe to your bucket. - Simplicity
Why has the Buckip been designed?
As a horse owners, we have all suffered when hosepipe develops its own life when filling buckets.
We have all lifted buckets, drenched ourselves and risked our backs because we would rather not spend extra money replacing soggy bedding?
And we have all stood staring into space freezing our hands whilst filling stable buckets?
All equestrians strive to save money in any way. So why not look towards the buckip.....
The buckip will actually save you money on your water bills, your bedding costs, your back and ultimately your time! By simply clipping your hosepipe on your bucket. No more standing holding the pipe, no more diving over the stable when the hosepipe uncoils, no more bucket trudging, no more soaked beds from wayward hosepipes, no more wasted water. Simply MORE time for doing other stuff.
The story behind the Buckip
The story so far......the buckip developed due to its designer, Allison Judd receiving a full frontal drenching when a hosepipe went rogue. Muttering to herself, there must be something that will stop this, she googled, she searched, she stomped her feet and found that although there are pipe clamps for fish tanks, there simply wasn't anything that would stop this problem.
Armed with cable ties and a bull dog clip, she set to work developing a solution. It did not work! but the idea grew.
It didn't have to be pretty, it didn't have to be smart, it simply just had to work - and be robust enough to withstand the rigours of an equestrian life. Armed with this, 3d mock ups were developed and samples produced via 3d printing to prove concept.
Then the design was registered.
What will the Buckip be made from?
After lengthy consultations from Jeff Smith at Orchid, the chosen material is Acetal.
For the rest of us.......Using Acetal means that the buckips will be:
- NON Degradable under extreme weather conditions
- SAFE to use with drinking water and feedstuffs
Why do we need your help?
To bring the buckip into production, a double mould tool has to be made costing approximately £9000. This includes shipment via air freight of the tool and a first sample run of 200 buckips. This will be produced by the team with Jeff Smith at Orchid Plastics Ltd based in Scarborough, UK.
This can be achieved, tested and first commercial samples produced within 4 weeks of payment, and then first commercial run of buckips can be produced.
The remaining funds raised means that the costs of producing all buckips pledged will be covered.
All shipping costs are based on the dimensions and weights of the prototype buckips produced by 3D Printing.
From pledging to receive 1 simple buckip or pledging to have a retail pack, everyone can make an impact.
There is only 1 large reseller pack available specifically for those retailers who wish to stock the buckip and use promotional material to create a stir. (however, please do contact me if more is needed)
Purchasing 1 simple buckip means that you can save money, save water and save time. Its worth it, even if you do not have horses.
Other prospective use for the buckips (so I keep getting told) builders, gardeners, farmers
Your contribution can make a difference, not only to you with your own savings but to others by.......
- On funding, jobs can be be created and maintained in a rural area.
- Plans to extend the range can be investigated including a troughip and an auto shut off valve and a water sensor.
- Roman and Gina can have extra carrots :)
Risks & Challenges
- The biggest challenge would be if funding failed and the cost of tooling is not covered. - this can be lessened by the application of a business loan.
- There is a risk of equestrians not understanding the concept of crowdfunding - a solution for this is to work with a group of people who will run a group on facebook.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you cant contribute, please dont worry, drop me a message and lets talk!
Thank you for your support... From Roman, Gina and of course, myself.