3D Printing

3D Printing Highlight: An Interview with the Inventor of The Rufus Cuff

Should you’ve been in search of a brand new peripheral, the Rufus Cuff could also be simply be the ticket.  Though it’s one thing that you just put on in your wrist, the blokes over at Rufus Labs are fast to quip “do not name it a smartwatch, it is a wrist communicator”.  As a giant fan of the online game Fallout 3, it jogs my memory numerous the Pipboy 3000, which makes me completely happy.

The Rufus Cuff debuted on Indiegogo nearly a month in the past and has since exceeded their purpose with about 18 days nonetheless left to go.  Probably the most fascinating components in regards to the Cuff for us is that a great deal of the prototyping was undertaken on an Airwolf 5.5 that was bought from us a few yr and a half in the past. 

I had the chance to speak with Gabe Grifoni yesterday, the inventor of the Rufus Cuff and CEO of Rufus Labs.

There’s actually nothing like with the ability to contact, maintain, really feel and put on one thing you’ve got printed to spec.

Mike Hulse: Hey Gabe, I do know you are extraordinarily busy along with your Indiegogo marketing campaign, so I actually respect you taking a couple of minutes to speak.

Gabe Grifoni: In fact! I am completely happy to be right here, and love what you guys are doing at MatterHackers.

MH: Thanks, it is at all times thrilling for us to see folks placing 3D printers to make use of to begin to make their concepts a actuality. First off, I simply needed to congratulate you and your group on hitting your funding purpose.

GG: Thanks. We’re clearly fairly completely happy about it. Our group has all labored actually onerous for over a yr now to get thus far. So to see the entire help has been wonderful.

MH: So let’s bounce proper into it. The Rufus Cuff has made fairly a splash on Indiegogo lately, are you able to briefly describe what precisely it’s?

GG: Positive. The smartwatch is nice, however in our minds its a stutter step to the place now we have to be. The Rufus Cuff is one thing we prefer to name a “wrist communicator.” This can be a class past the smartwatch. It is obtained the identical Z peak as most watches just like the Pebble or Samsung Gear however 3x the width. We have constructed one thing with a reimagined kind issue that is obtained a large display, greater battery, extra performance and the display actual property for full apps. We have additionally in-built health {hardware} like Accelerometer, Gyroscope and GPS so our customers can monitor all their steps, energy and miles walked with apps they’re used to love Strava and RunKeeper. And, in fact, we have made it spill and splash proof which is a should for wearable units – no extra concern of checking and responding to a textual content within the rain. Inbuilt Wifi permits it work by itself with no linked smartphone – its nice for house, college or workplace environments to provide you full use of apps, e-mail, messages, and so on… fingers free and no want for a smartphone. These are the short highlights however the Rufus Cuff can do quite a bit so make sure that to take a look at our indiegogo marketing campaign web page for extra particulars.

MH: That every one sounds fairly superior. So how precisely did you provide you with the thought?

GG: I used to be at CES in Jan 2013 and noticed a couple of wearables there. I’ve at all times been occupied with that sector and I had simply been ready for somebody to lastly do it proper. Nobody had and I simply thought, heck, I am going to do it myself. We are able to construct a greater system. I began from there and spent 4 hours on the journey house from Vegas to LA conceiving the beginnings of The Rufus Cuff. As soon as I obtained again house I spent a couple of days sketching ideas out on my iPad and speaking to a couple pals about it – seeing in the event that they’d join the journey. Inside weeks we had a stable group of co-founders (and nice lifelong pals) and I had taught myself CAD and purchased a 3D printer with some cash we pooled collectively in order that I may begin bodily printing wearable fashions. We went on to boost some cash from Angel buyers so we may rent an Industrial design agency, a fabrication home for board meeting/testing and we introduced on some extra actually good folks to help within the engineering effort. It has been an excellent yr for our startup and we’re wanting ahead to some extra development within the coming months as we lead as much as launch.

MH: So you bought one of many first printers that we bought right here at MatterHackers practically a yr and a half in the past, an Airwolf 5.5. How did 3D printing make it simpler so that you can go from thought to prototype and manufacturing?

GG: It was a giant assist. I had by no means used CAD and by no means performed any 3D printing. I shortly realized some fundamental CAD software program and began constructing the primary Rufus Cuff in 3D format. Getting a 3D printer was the following logical step to essentially see if the Rufus Cuff would really feel good on the arm. I will need to have spent weeks printing one refinement after one other, shaving 1mm right here and 5mm there. There’s actually nothing like with the ability to contact, maintain, really feel and put on one thing you’ve got printed to spec. Our design was essential to us for consolation and wearability so being able to print one mannequin after one other in fairly brief order actually helped us velocity up our industrial design course of.

MH: Do you ever print for enjoyable, in that case what sorts of issues do you print?

GG: When I’ve time I do prefer to print some enjoyable creations or obtain somebody’s cool information they’ve shared on-line. I’ve a very cool mini model of the Maltese Falcon on my desk and I did use it to print my wedding ceremony topper which got here out simply nice.

MH: That is incredible! As costly as wedding ceremony toppers are nowadays, that is a very inventive and enjoyable technique to make one. I do know you need to get going quickly, however simply to complete up, what recommendation would you give to future inventors/entrepreneurs?

GG: Do not take heed to the naysayers – they do not know any higher than you in case your thought is sweet or unhealthy. Train your self something you do not know – the assets are all on the market – a keyboard away. Get pals on board with the identical ardour for what you see and construct an excellent group. Eat Nutella. Try to sleep when you possibly can.

MH: I assume we have to get some Nutella for our workplace. Onerous to go unsuitable with that recommendation. Effectively I do know it is advisable get going, so I simply needed to thanks once more for taking the time to speak, and good luck with the remainder of the marketing campaign and with the way forward for the Rufus Cuff. We’ll definitely be conserving our eye on it.

GG: Completely thanks for having me. 

You possibly can try the Indiegogo marketing campaign for the Rufus Cuff right here.


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