HANDHELD CARDBOARD SHREDDER
Shred your way to a better life!
Shred your way to a better life!
My name is Jaxan Kay and I am an Electrical trained engineer with a interest area of Mechatronics Engineering. Mechatronics is a mixture between Mechanical, Electrical, and Software Engineering. I am still a student however, I will be graduated next year, and I have decided that there is nothing stopping me from building my own product and company now.
Please join me in exploring the possibilities of improving peoples lives in the small ways that matter. First up, Handheld Cardboard Shredder.
Cutting up cardboard can be both fun and tedious. The cardboard shredder aims to remove the tedious aspect by providing a simple way to shred cardboard. All you need is the handheld shredder and a power drill of your choice. It works by using the power of the drill to turn a drive chain which in turn moves a set of blades designed to shred cardboard as it is fed into the machine. It has the advantage of being handheld, so you no longer need to flatten the boxes, you just feed the cardboard into the front of the device, and it will shred the cardboard in strips making your cardboard cutting experience quick fun and easy.
Since the cardboard has been shredded, you no longer need to worry about fitting chucks of cardboard into a recycle bin, you simply dump the shreds into the bin, or find other household uses for the shredded cardboard.
Our product is useful primarily to homeowners that are tired of spending time cutting up and fitting pieces of cardboard into a recycle bin. We are not targeting all homeowners, only those that would already have power drills and would be interested in an additional accessory that will make their lives easier.
We may also be able to target small to medium business owners that have large amounts of cardboard boxes from their suppliers. I once worked at a movie theater for example, and I would have loved to have this product to cut up the numerous boxes from all the candy, pop and other products we provided to our customers.
This product will reduce the time spent cutting up cardboard and fitting it into a recycle bin. It is also a cool gadget that owners of a power drill will find fun to use. Homeowners are our target market simply because they are most likely to have a power drill on hand, however, small to medium business owners that have daily or weekly cardboard cutting needs may wish to use this product because it simplifies a time intensive project their employees have to do. A movie theater I worked at for example had a large space to store cardboard boxes, and once every week they would spend and hour or two with 2-3 employees cutting up and flattening cardboard for the recycling bins. This is time that can be saved, and thus this is money back in the pockets of the users.
This product is distinct in that it is the only handheld device on the market. It also does not require additional cost into motors and batteries. This is what makes it distinct.
There is little to prevent knockoff clones from stealing this idea, other than to make our product durable and focus on marketing after our product is developed. It is also in the plan to look into patenting a handheld approach to cardboard shredding, but failing that, this product is not much different than other products of its type, the market is large enough for multiple competitors that steal this idea from us.
The team right now consists of one person who is an engineer. The plan is to build a team that is specialized in producing products like this. Once this team is assembled, this will also add to the distinctive competency of our team and product.
Paper shredders have been around a long time, but they are not generally designed for cardboard and can break down easily if used to shred cardboard. There are large industrial cardboard shredders that cost thousands of dollars, and are intended for factories or large cardboard processing applications outside the price range of the average homeowner or small business owner.
There are multiple examples of Do It Yourself (DIY) projects on the internet, however these are not products, they are projects by interested people, people that would likely buy our product.
None of these options are handheld, and all require the cardboard to be cut into sheets to be shredded. Our product does the cutting and shredding at the same time, and in the location where you want (such as right above a recycle bin).
Homeowners, particularly guys/girls who like gadgets and own a power drill.
They care because this product will be a cool tool that they can use to shred cardboard for better storage and easier time cutting up cardboard.
Our promise to them is they will be able to shred cardboard cheaply and effectively in a location of their choosing since this device is mobile. Blades are also replaceable, so the device will last a long time with proper care.
Small Business owners who want to save money on allocating employees to cut up cardboard boxes. Movie theaters for example are a prime target since they receive many cardboard boxes from their supplies for candy, pop, and other concession products
They care because this product will save their employees time, and thus less money will be spent on a weekly basis.
Our promise to them is that this product will save them money provided they use it.
Our third key person is kids that get stuck cutting up cardboard and want to do it faster. They will encourage their parents to buy it.
They care because this product is a useful power driven tool that will help them cut up cardboard faster. i would have loved this product as a kid.
Our promise to them is the product will be safe to use with proper training, though legally, kids will be discouraged from using the device without adult supervision.
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