Verifying product direction and feature requests.
Final partnerships are formed and relevant terms are agreed upon.
Finalize early sketch drawings and hand off to CAD (computer-aided design) team.
CAD team takes drawings and converts it to 3D models (CAD files).
Revisions to the CAD files of our initial prototypes. Research, review, and assessment of possible materials for the buckle. Review thickness, width, and material of straps.
Test runs of strap prototypes with changes to thickness, width, and material. Sourcing samples of the fire starter and multi-tool.
Produce additional prototypes with a review of changes for manufacturing.
Testing complete for functionality and appearance of straps. Tooling adjustments made to achieve final specs.
Iterate between CAD changes and new prototypes. Cast parts of the fire starter rod and multi-tool.
Fire starter rod: Testing complete including for repeated strikes & sparks generated. Multi-tool: Durable material, proper heat treatment, edge surface that can properly cut & integrated safety lock. Establish a complete list of all raw materials.
Fully functional prototype in final materials finished. Finalize the assembly process of the components. Proper fit, interaction, and functionality tested and confirmed.
Final design is submitted and production moves forward.
Survival Belt complies with relevant CA laws and U.S. federal laws.
Deliver fire starter rod and multi-tool components for production. Prepare all machines, molds, etc. to produce and assemble the Survival Belt. Molds are cut to exact specifications and dimensions unique to the Survival Belt. Evaluate adjustments to tooling.
Review and test first run in order to improve fit and quality. Consult with engineering team to assess if a second run is necessary. A few test units have been thoroughly reviewed. Overall production process has been refined.
Official finalizing of the tooling, build, and review processes. Final touches for the Survival Belt to roll off the production line!
Increased production while adhering to quality control standards.
The Survival Belt will be exclusively available online at slidebelts.com in the fall of 2016. We're reviewing a select group of Survival Belt retail partners for 2016. Thus, the best place to purchase your Survival Belt is via www.slidebelts.com!
We have found the straps for the Survival Belt to sufficiently support most firearms. However, it will not support all firearms and factors such as comfort level, weight, size, need to be considered. As mentioned above, the straps are made of complex synthetic materials and have a durable protective shield with an extremely strong internal webbing. The straps have a high tensile strength and are designed to remain rigid and not twist. Furthermore, because the Survival Belt does not have holes, one can make more precise adjustments which translates into a tighter, more taut belt. Comfort level certainly varies based on the individual and the more weight that’s added to the belt, the more this will be impacted.
*Always review and comply with relevant local, state, and federal laws concerning carrying any weapons.
To deliver a rugged, reliable, and useful product in the context of a Kickstarter project, we've selected the best manufacturing partners. This involves manufacturing some items overseas. Our design, engineering, sourcing, and distribution partners are based in the United States and the United Kingdom, along with SlideBelts 14 member team located in California.
We're considering expanding our SlideBelts family with a select group of partners in 2016. If your company is interested in partnering with SlideBelts, please complete and submit the wholesale form.