Hello everyone my name is Ray Cables and I invented Zipblocks! That’s me in the picture above. I’m in front of a bunch of parts that we used to build wooden Zipblocks with a few years back.
I have been working on getting Zipblocks into the market for a number of years now. I have to tell you that I am having an absolutely great time working towards this goal.
You are probably asking yourself “How can you be having such a wonderful time if you have been working on this for years and have not succeeded in bringing your product to market yet?”
The answer is quite lengthy but I’ll very briefly speak to this now.
First and foremost I would have to say that the best part of working on this project is that I have had the opportunity to meet and collaborate with some very nice people and establish some good relationships.
For example, shown in the picture below are people to my left and right that I met.
The above picture was taken after the formation of a partnership. I’m in the middle and to my left is Ron Suttle. I met Ron a number of years prior to this photo. Years prior to this photo Ron sought to license Zipblocks. Over the years Ron and I have become both friends and partners. Ron is an expert in polyurethane technologies as well as in construction.
To my right is Ismail Wadbalomay. Ismail lives in Saudi Arabia. Ismail visited the Zipblocks web page a few years back and reached out to Ron and I. We have visited with Ismail a number of times and I just have to say that Ismail’s hospitality is awesome! Ismail is a very hard working businessman that has interests in quite a diverse number of areas. Here is a link to his web page iwadbolomay.com.
I have had the privilege to meet or do correspondence with lots and lots of other people as well. Here’s a brief list:
- Visited with engineers at the United States Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in Wisconsin while testing a wooden Zipblock beam.
- Visited with an engineer in Texas to discuss potential use of Zipblocks on the Freight Shuttle.
- The byproduct of a Google Ad campaign that lasted for several years was that people were volunteering their their time to help get Zipblocks to market. Thank you so very much to everyone that volunteered!
- I’ve discussed Zipblocks with defense contractors, store keepers, university professors, waste water management professionals, architects, businesses that want to stock and sell Zipblocks, people that want to build homes with Zipblocks, people that want to build things around the house, networks that are interested in doing a segment on Zipblocks, people interested in green technologies, etc. etc.
All the people that I have met with and discussed Zipblocks with have simply added fuel to my passion to get Zipblocks into the market.
As well as meeting people I have learned a lot and I love the challenges of learning new things!
Over the years of working on Zipblocks some of the things that I have learned are:
- How to create Flash based websites. Note: If you are trying to promote a product via a website then do not create a Flash based website as search engines have an extremely hard time index Flash content. I learned this the hard way.
- How to create HTML websites. The website you are presently viewing was created by myself using a WordPress theme called Tesseract that was created by Tyler Moore.
- How to use CAD (Computer Aided Design) so that I may print 3D parts that can be used to create molds that can used to create Zipblocks. Note: Mold design is a very abstract process that requires extreme precision. When creating molds you have to define tolerances into your designs that compensate for casts that will shrink by a few thousandths. On top of this, for Zipblocks, you also have to define the tolerances between the Zipblock features that allow Zipblocks to interlock with each other.
- How to create molds molds that are to be used for casting polyurethane parts. There is an entire science behind this. One has to keep mold expense to a minimum while at the same time one must keep mold performance at a maximum while also ensuring that molds are as light as possible and easy to use.
- How to cast Polyurethane parts. This is also a science. Mold temperature, Polyurethane temperature, mold release products, mold back pressure all play important roles in the production of polyurethane parts.
- How to patent technology. To date we have three US patents (8,079,195, 8,402,708, and 8,402,710). I rendered the drawings in most of these patents.
I could go on and on about why I like working towards getting Zipblocks to market, but I’m going to stop here as I am getting ready totally overhaul the Zipblocks website and post this as a “first” post.