Rapid Rope is patent-pending and currently sells in the United States and Japan, with product samples currently in the United Kingdom and Australia.
Chris knew there had to be a better way, so he began experimenting with storing rope in Pringles cans and water bottles. He knew he was on to something and decided to seek professional assistance to further develop his idea. He wanted to not only create a useful product but also wanted it done in a way that would educate the consumer about what the product was. He reached out to engineering firms but found were expensive, wanted to work on a fast timeline, and didn’t always listen to his ideas. He sought out molding assistance, which was also expensive. A local molding company recommended that he get in touch with TechHelp, a member of the MEP National Network™. His wife, a Boise State University nursing graduate, knew of TechHelp’s New Product Development (NPD) Lab at the College of Engineering and encouraged him to reach out for help.>
TechHelp was willing to work with me at my own pace on little pieces of the product at a time. It was great working with the entire NPD team including the students and management. The whole process was awesome.