Inventions and other News by Dane Scarborough

launch your Invention IDEA for under $100

launch your Invention IDEA for under $100

So many people have a EUREKA moment and think “Holy Sh**! I have the next million dollar idea!” Then they quickly research the process of inventing and become overwhelmed at all the ways they *might* need to spend money to make it to market. Unfortunately, this fear stops many people dead in their tracks. 

Don’t you be one of them! If you truly believe you have a great idea, you owe it to yourself to take the first (low cost) steps to find out.  I’m going to walk you through the basics so you have a clear understanding of what to do, and when to do it, and the beauty is, your out of pocket costs will likely be under $100 dollars. 

5 Easy Ways to Prototype your IDEA

5 Easy Ways to Prototype your IDEA

One of the first steps to making money from your product/idea is to make sure it works, and you prove your idea works by creating a prototype. In the business world, it's called "proof of concept".  A "proof of concept" prototype is different than a production model prototype. Proof of concept prototypes are usually simple and somewhat crude. It's important not to skip this step. Why? Because it will show you where you need to tweak your design and reveal aspects of your idea you might have not considered. 

5 Best Tape Measure Tips and Tricks

5 Best Tape Measure Tips and Tricks

Speed square, I don’t need no stinking speed square! Lock the QuickDraw tape measure at the desired measurement and roll your line, moving the hook in unison with your tape as shown.

Who first said "Time is Money"?

Who first said "Time is Money"?

What I find interesting about this quote is that it was directed to Young Tradesmen back in 1737, and yet is still just as important, if not more so, in our modern world. I also like that Franklin get's into the math of it.

Stop the Madness!

Stop the Madness!

There are approximately 950,000 carpenters in the US… imagine how much collective time is wasted looking for pencils, sharpening pencils, or looking for something to sharpen a pencil with.

It’s TIME to end this madness - The top-rated QuickDraw self-marking tape measure is on sale today- www.quickdrawtapes.com

Building with the QuickDraw Pro - Weekend project

Building with the QuickDraw Pro - Weekend project

Building with the QuickDraw tape measure- Weekend project 

The problem:  an exterior utility door, that's got a fair amount of dry rot, and the brass hinges and latch are caked in 50 years of paint.  

For tools, besides my Quickdraw tape, I've got a chop saw, a skill-saw, a screw-gun, and a plainer, but no table saw, so, I'll measure, and mark with the quickdraw, then cut the boards to 38" using the chop saw. 

 

FOCUS and DISCIPLINE - A chapter from "The Inventors Guide to World Domination".

FOCUS and DISCIPLINE - A chapter from "The Inventors Guide to World Domination".

If you really are tired of struggling financially… If you really want to turn your life around, you have to make a conscious decision.

You have to change your perception of focus and discipline. 

For the gates of success to open, focus and discipline have to become your friend.  Once you start implementing focus and discipline, it’s liberating, because it breeds success and success gives you freedom! You can do this, and Chapter 4 shows you how.

Inventing the QuickDraw Marking Tape Measure

Inventing the QuickDraw Marking Tape Measure

I was in second grade when a kid challenged me to roll a quarter down the center of my face. He said, “You can’t do it, it’s impossible!” I took the quarter and proved him wrong, to which he replied, “Oh, I guess I was wrong.” He then walked away laughing. Unbeknownst to me, he had rubbed pencil graphite on the edge of the quarter, so I was walking around with a black line right down the center of my face.
Flash forward: I’m a grown man, with a family, building my house in Sun Valley, Idaho. It’s snowing, my ears are cold, my skin is dry, and countless pencils have already fallen from the perch on my ear into snowdrifts, lost until spring for sure. I’m using a Stanley Power-lock tape measure to frame the second floor and I’ve just lost my last pencil. SOB#%^@#! So, I start using the edge of the tape case to indent the wood. This was the beginning of the idea that would eventually become the QuickDraw Pro marking tape measure.
Already having had success as an inventor (The Levelution System Level was performing increasingly well), I knew I was onto something. I did patent searches, and discovered there were over sixty patents on the idea of a marking tape measure, yet nothing was on the market? This was strange, because I knew firsthand that it was a great idea. I analyzed all the existing patents and discovered that they all had the same flaws. Simply put, if you have to engage a marking mechanism (that would be a pencil), then lock the blade, then make your mark, then dis-engage the marker, then dis-engage the lock, well, forget it, it’s going to be easier to use a pencil.

Bob the One-Armed Carpenter...

Bob the One-Armed Carpenter...

Once upon a time...

There was a one-handed carpenter named Bob... Bob used a regular tape measure and held a pencil in his mouth, to make a mark... Life was hard for Bob... no matter how great a carpenter Bob was, he was paid very little. Then one fateful day, a new guy showed up, using some kind of magical self-marking tape measure...

Bob blinked to be sure his eyes weren’t playing tricks on him... Bob asked the new guy, “can I try it?” Sure Bob, you’ll love it, cuz it’s like having an extra hand... indeed it was... But how does it work? Well Bob, there’s a small steel wheel, that rolls out graphite, so there’s nothing to sharpen... nothing to break... and Bob, it’ll make 2000 marks per load... Bob went right out and bought a QuickDraw Pro Tape, and lived happily ever after...

The QuickDraw tape measure gave Bob the ability to make a good living... For the two-handed carpenter, the QuickDraw just makes everything that much easier...

https://youtu.be/XFyTweYfYtk

What do you want to build today...? Starting a new project, a building project to be precise, is exciting!

What do you want to build today...? Starting a new project, a building project to be precise, is exciting!

Starting a new project, a building project to be precise, is exciting! Figuring out your materials list, and using 10% of your budget for new toys (tools) is one of my favorite parts. Another is the smell of fresh cut lumber, and you know why, because there's something primal about building. Working with your hands to manifest  something in the real world, from something you've only imagined in your mind. It's a guys way of giving birth, in a way.

WHEEL vs Pencil Look closely… it's the re-invention of the wheel –

WHEEL vs Pencil Look closely… it's the re-invention of the wheel –

"Our patented graphite marking technology draws a perpendicular graphite line, faster, and with greater accuracy than a pencil, never needs sharpening, marks on rough materials, and can be easily operated with one hand"  Dane Scarborough
  

WHEEL vs Pencil

Look closely… it's the re-invention of the wheel –

Never breaks, never needs sharpening - Marks the roughest lumber - Marks wet lumber - Use it with one hand (and stabilize the blade with the other) - One stick of graphite makes 2000+ 1/4" marks - Reload in 6 seconds.

 HOW IT WORKS: 1. The patented graphite fed hardened steel wheel auto feeds the graphite line, perpendicular to the tape blade. 2. The patents pending TRU-View WEDGE indicator eliminates the parallax effect, to ensure extreme accuracy. 3. 2000+ 1/4" marks per load with a 6 second reload design. 4. Can be dropped directly on the marking wheel from 15' onto concrete and still work perfectly. 5. Works amazing on wet lumber, rough lumber, treated lumber, etc...   

The story behind the QuickDraw marking tape

The story behind the QuickDraw marking tape

The story behind the QuickDraw marking tape  -  I was in second grade when a kid challenged me to roll a quarter down the center of my face. He said “You can’t do it, it’s impossible!”. I took the quarter and proved him wrong, to which he replied “oh, I guess I was wrong”, and he walked away laughing. Unknown to me, he had rubbed pencil graphite on the edge of the quarter, so I was walking around with a black line down the center of my face. Flash forward to me building my house in the Sun Valley Idaho. It’s snowing, my ears are cold, my skin is dry, and countless pencils have already fallen from the perch on my ear, into snowdrifts, lost until spring for sure. I’m using a Stanley Power-lock tape measure to frame the second floor and I’ve just lost my last pencil. SOB#%^@#! So, I start using the edge of the tape case to indent the wood. This was the beginning of the idea that would eventually become the QUICKDRAW Pro marking tape measure.

Imagine your tape measure making 2000 marks per load...

Imagine reloading in 10 seconds...

Imagine it working with one hand...

Imagine it making a radius or circles...