The start of my yoyo company- thoughts on my first prototype!

Thank you so much :call_me_hand:t5:! And I’ll strongly consider crowd funding it, def didn’t even cross my mind haha! As far as manufacturing, I would love to give my money to my local machine shops, hopefully they’re able to do tight tolerance work. But yeah regardless I’m striving to keep production here in the states! And as for packaging i totally agree, cardboard all the way; I have an advantage being a graphic designer so i’ll for sure make the packaging look cool haha! Thank you for the kind comments and suggestions!

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I would buy this

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i’m not positive it will catch but it would definitely be something i’d be watching for. @MarkD @Palli and @hobbygod could give better feedback then me though.

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Yep, anything approaching flat will tend to catch the string for at least a bit when landing the yoyo. Best to avoid it except right near the rims where it’s unlikely to land on the string anyhow.

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Haha much appreciated, hopefully I can get it off the ground so you can be my first customer :call_me_hand:t5:!

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I mean I think it would looking at it :thinking:! But I applied a fillet to it tho so now it kinda slopes down towards the bearing smoother :call_me_hand:t5:!

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Thank you for the feedback Mark, I seen everything you done in the other thread and you inspired me to start my journey :call_me_hand:t5:! But yeah I rounded off that flat part so it’s more of a smoother slope towards the bearing, I’ll put some pics up when I get back home tho!

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The only yoyo that I can even associate being similar to yours is YoTricks x Sengoku Forge 1st proto (bowl cup, profile is literally a YYF AlDream).

bowl cup 1 bowl cup 2 bowl cup 3

And even your design is already different due to the rim shape and response area step. I think you’re safe from anyone calling it similar to another yoyo.

Take a look at the Yoyo CAD & Prototyping Adventures thread. It is a gold mine of information for anyone interested in yoyo design.

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Thanks a ton for all the info! I’ll def soak it all in and keep this thread updated :call_me_hand:t5:!

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The smooth bowl cup is definitely a looker.

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UPDATE: Just got the confirmation back from the machine shop (My Throw / FPM); and the prototypes are on the way. I’m excited to share with you guys :call_me_hand:t5:!

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It does look good. In fact, it looks interesting.

As a potential customer I will throw out a few things. You need to define your first target market, and it can potentially be multiple targets. One market that I fit in is the “willing to take a chance if it looks interesting and sits in the $40 to $50 range”. High enough to expect quality, cheap enough to be willing to take a chance. Another potential market is the yoyo focus. Good learning yoyo. Easy to catch on the string. Good for grinds. Good for finger spins. Give me a reason to buy this yoyo.

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I cant wait to try this some time

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Thank you so much for your input! I’ve definitely been tossing these thoughts around in my mind and this definitely helps moving forward.

So my target market is pretty much people like yourself, someone looking for something “interesting”. I tried to set myself apart with the design first, with the hopes of offering something novel which I think I’ve achieved. I strive to make my designs different but still fully functional for most trick types.

Then I wanted to separate myself with my branding and marketing as that’s what I specialize in and is my profession. In addition to the yoyos I’d like to add some cool merch to my shop as well, playing off of the branding some more. I want to be “premium” as a brand and product, while also keeping my market wide for people on a budget.

I haven’t 100% decided on a price for this one, but I wanted to keep it’s price between $70-$80 for this run, with the hopes of releasing a 6061 variant in the $40-$60 range in the near future if there is success with the first release. Hopefully that gives you a little insight into my roadmap and goals, cheers :call_me_hand:t5:!

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Thank you so much! Things are going smoothly at the moment so my fingers are crossed. I came out of pocket for the prototypes and will have to again for a production run; but my hope is I can get a little help funding for a production run when I launch a Kickstarter / GoFundMe for it so friends and fam could help if they’d like. But that’s the plan at least; if I can hit my goal then I’d be honored to have you as a customer :call_me_hand:t5:!

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I was going to point this out as well. Make that step in the catch zone just a tab more smooth of a transition and it’ll be good. Right now it looks like it could potentially be a string cutter or just wear strings down much faster.

Oh I did. I forgot to put the pics up :man_facepalming:t5:! Here was the updates I made, and how the prototypes will look…

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UPDATE: My company Instagram is LIVE. Any follows, likes, shares, etc. is greatly appreciated :call_me_hand:t5:! I’m excited to get the prototypes back to share some dope photos with you all! Thank you all, hopefully this is a start to something special.

Edit: I didn’t even include the link lmao. Here it is.

https://www.instagram.com/bequest.official/?hl=en

Best,
Jabari

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Congrats on starting your company. I’m fairly new to the scene, but I’ve been enjoying it so much that I hope to start a yoyo company someday too.

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Thank you so much :pray:t5:! Yeah with enough time and effort anyone can do it tbh. As long as you have a solid and unique design, or you find a niche that really hasn’t been taken, you’ll be golden :ok_hand:t5:! And welcome to the yoyo community my friend :call_me_hand:t5:!

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