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

In case you’ve been searching for 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 fellows 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 loads of the Pipboy 3000, which makes me blissful.

The Rufus Cuff debuted on Indiegogo nearly a month in the past and has since exceeded their aim with about 18 days nonetheless left to go.  One of the crucial fascinating components concerning 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 12 months 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 having 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 blissful 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 individuals 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 staff on hitting your funding aim.

GG: Thanks. We’re clearly fairly blissful about it. Our staff has all labored actually exhausting for over a 12 months now to get so far. So to see all the help has been superb.

MH: So let’s bounce proper into it. The Rufus Cuff has made fairly a splash on Indiegogo just 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 we have now to be. The Rufus Cuff is one thing we wish to name a “wrist communicator.” It is a class past the smartwatch. It is received 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 type issue that is received a large display screen, larger battery, extra performance and the display screen actual property for full apps. We have additionally inbuilt 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, after all, 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. In-built Wifi permits it work by itself with no related smartphone – its nice for dwelling, college or workplace environments to present you full use of apps, e mail, messages, and so forth… palms free and no want for a smartphone. These are the fast highlights however the Rufus Cuff can do loads so be sure to take a look at our indiegogo marketing campaign web page for extra particulars.

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

GG: I used to be at CES in Jan 2013 and noticed a couple of wearables there. I’ve at all times been enthusiastic about 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 will construct a greater machine. I began from there and spent 4 hours on the journey dwelling from Vegas to LA conceiving the beginnings of The Rufus Cuff. As soon as I received again dwelling I spent a couple of days sketching ideas out on my iPad and speaking to some mates about it – seeing in the event that they’d join the journey. Inside weeks we had a strong staff of co-founders (and nice lifelong mates) and I had taught myself CAD and acquired a 3D printer with some cash we pooled collectively in order that I might begin bodily printing wearable fashions. We went on to boost some cash from Angel traders so we might rent an Industrial design agency, a fabrication home for board meeting/testing and we introduced on some extra actually sensible individuals to help within the engineering effort. It has been an important 12 months for our startup and we’re trying ahead to some extra progress 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 almost a 12 months and a half in the past, an Airwolf 5.5. How did 3D printing make it simpler so that you can go from concept to prototype and manufacturing?

GG: It was a giant assist. I had by no means used CAD and by no means completed 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 subsequent logical step to essentially see if the Rufus Cuff would really feel good on the arm. I should have spent weeks printing one refinement after one other, shaving 1mm right here and 5mm there. There’s actually nothing like having the ability to contact, maintain, really feel and put on one thing you’ve got printed to spec. Our design was necessary to us for consolation and wearability so being able to print one mannequin after one other in fairly brief order actually helped us pace up our industrial design course of.

MH: Do you ever print for enjoyable, if that’s the case what sorts of issues do you print?

GG: When I’ve time I do wish to print some enjoyable creations or obtain somebody’s cool recordsdata they’ve shared on-line. I’ve a extremely 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 lately, that is a extremely 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 concept is nice or dangerous. Educate your self something you do not know – the sources are all on the market – a keyboard away. Get mates on board with the identical ardour for what you see and construct an important staff. Eat Nutella. Attempt to sleep when you may.

MH: I assume we have to get some Nutella for our workplace. Laborious to go improper with that recommendation. Properly I do know you should 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 actually be preserving our eye on it.

GG: Completely thanks for having me. 

You may take a look at the Indiegogo marketing campaign for the Rufus Cuff right here.


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