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My name is Nick Pennington; I am a junior in industrial design at NC State University. I am currently interning at a company called Montie Design in Morrisville, NC and I am helping to bring a slingshot to market for their Montie Gear line.

I was a winner of the 2011 Montie Gear Student design contest. My task this summer is to take my contest entry and turn it into a commercialized product.

The slingshot is designed to be light and compact and 100% made in the USA. Montie Design products are all designed to be Heirloom Quality and what they call "Troublesome Gap Tough". As a result, I've had the freedom to design a high quality, high performance slingshot that is different than anything currently available. The original concept has been expanded upon due to further research, leading to variations for flat bands and variations for countries with stricter slingshot laws such as Germany.

My slingshot is composed of five pieces water jet cut aluminum held together by two pins, allowing for quick assembly and disassembly.

For pictures of and more information on the slingshot visit http://www.montiegear.com/modules/info/slingshot.html

I would appreciate any input you could give me. Here are 5 questions that I'm especially interested in. Please post responses here or send responses directly to me at [email protected].

Questions:

-The current design allows the standard Montie Gear slingshot to break down (removing 2 pins) and fit into a 2.5in by 6.75in long bag weighing approximately 13.5 ounces. We also have a concept that would use 3 pieces instead of 5, but is 3.75in by 9.5in long after the the slingshot is broken down weighing approximately 12.5 ounces. Which version would you prefer and why?
-Please rank the following features in order importance when purchasing a slingshot.
a. lightweight
b. cost
c. comfort
d. cool factor (how it looks)
e. easy of transport when folded up
-What features are missing in slingshots on the market today?
-If you were in the market for a new slingshot, why would you buy one of the slingshots that I have been working on (pictures here)?
-If you were in the market for a new slingshot, why would you NOT buy one of the slingshots that I have been working on (pictures here)?
-How should I improve the slingshots you see here?
 

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congrats on getting to actually follow through on something you dreamt up! very few young people get that chance!


also, Ive never heard of Montie so thanks for turning me onto them.




-The current design allows the standard Montie Gear slingshot to break down (removing 2 pins) and fit into a 2.5in by 6.75in long bag weighing approximately 13.5 ounces. We also have a concept that would use 3 pieces instead of 5, but is 3.75in by 9.5in long after the the slingshot is broken down weighing approximately 12.5 ounces. Which version would you prefer and why?


Either size seems packable enough - id buy both.



-Please rank the following features in order importance when purchasing a slingshot.
a. lightweight
b. cost
c. comfort
d. cool factor (how it looks)
e. easy of transport when folded up




cost
lightweight
comfort
transport
cool factor

-What features are missing in slingshots on the market today? -


scopes and the hollow bodies to carry ammo



-If you were in the market for a new slingshot, why would you buy one of the slingshots that I have been working on (pictures here)?

NO - i like wooden models


-If you were in the market for a new slingshot, why would you NOT buy one of the slingshots that I have been working on (pictures here)?


Although I like the "breakdown" idea it is too industrial for my tastes




-How should I improve the slingshots you see here?



Far be it from me to tell you that - I think you like your concept - MONTIE does too - I say produce it and set it to market - there is a demographic out there for this i'm just not in that
 

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A few issues.
Weight.
16oz is a pound right? So the model is 15% less than a pound. That will get heavy.
Size.
Tall and wide. Hard to pack unless it is broken down.
Noise.
The retaining pins with their loops would be noisy walking around assembled or not. How tight does everything fit together? Loose makes more noise.
Simplicity.
A slingshot is simple. Having to assemble it takes that away. Lose a pin somewhere and it is useless.
Looks
Most people here are function over fashion. You may have a broader market if it looks cool, but people who buy for function don't care.
Cost
Prove to me that the product is better than the wood stick I currently have and I will buy it. The price I would pay would be determined by how much better it was.
Comfort.
Define comfort. Comfort while I am holding, waiting for a shot? Or comfort with it pulled back, waiting on the perfect shot? Weight will come into play in the latter.
Transport
See Simplicity and Weight above

Rank the features....
Functionality/accuracy(not listed)
weight
simplicity(not listed)
cost
noise(not listed)
comfort
ease of transport when folded
 
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