The New SlimFold Studio

I’m excited to announce that SlimFold has a new home! Or at least some additional space in which to develop new products and innovate our slim wallets. Since taking the leap to go full-time, I’ve been prototyping more but also came to realize that I was making certain compromises by not having the proper space and equipment to explore ideas.

Theoretically, being in the Bay Area should be an advantage so I can leverage the capabilities of the other companies around here. But when my laser cutting vendor is also making prototypes for Google and Tesla it’s not surprising that my projects often get pushed to the back burner ;)

Light Renovation of SlimFold Studio

I actually started looking for space in the beginning of the year and the perfect opportunity came up when a local artist’s collective and school was moving into a bigger space and looking to sub-lease some of it. Since Tech Shop closed down, a lot of folks have been left without a way to create their projects and this Artist/Maker Space fills that void for many folks in San Jose. There’s a common area of tools, a laser cutter, and wood shop… but everything is more oriented around artists so they also have facilities for welding, casting, forging, and screen printing. I’ve been inspired by the folks I’ve met there so far and I’m looking forward to seeing more of their creations.

Wall going up at SlimFold studio

It won’t be a retail location and I most likely won’t do any production there except small batches for beta testers to use. So signing the lease and purchasing equipment is pretty much a pure R&D investment. I’m so appreciative of all the support I’ve received so far. In many ways, if you’ve ever bought a product or backed a Kickstarter project of mine, your investment has made this studio possible.

SlimFold Studio Ready for Action
Now that the bones of the space are complete, it's a blank slate. I’m looking forward to sharing the journey and what comes from it!


16 comments


  • Paul Kelly
    Paul Kelly
    November 15, 2018
    Congratulations Dave! You deserve it. Your products are outstanding. Not only am I carrying your wallet but so are my kids. Thanks again!
  • Marios
    Marios
    November 15, 2018

    Congratulations Dave. I am a very happy user of both your wallet and the backpack. We are having our first major snowstorm today in NYC and I’m getting ready to head out but I know everything will be safe in my backpack because it’s truly 100% waterproof. I look forward to anything new you create.

  • Adam
    Adam
    November 15, 2018

    Congratulations Dave! As a small business owner, I did the same thing for my IT company last year! Thank you for putting out a great product! I wish you the best of success, and if you ever have any tech questions, I am more than willing to answer them at no charge to help ya out!

  • Jeff
    Jeff
    November 15, 2018

    Well deserved Dave! Congrats on the new space and looking forward to what the upgraded R&D capabilities will bring.

  • Dave Z
    Dave Z
    November 15, 2018

    @Linda – Thanks so much! I really appreciate the kind words and am so glad to hear that the folks love the Slim Pack :)



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