In the beginning…
The journey for X20 started back in 2013 when a retired inventor, Roger Hiscock, approached me for help in the development, design and the manufacture of a product called Sliderider. Roger was and is still a very successful inventor but had lost touch with modern CAD technology and current rapid prototyping techniques. Together, we made an awesome team with my experience as a design engineer, in materials technology and manufacturing processes and Rogers innovative ideas and engineering knowledge.
The first prototype
In the early stages we were looking to develop the design for mass production. We had a fully functional prototype design (which is still functional!) and I tested it many times. I couldn’t get enough of Sliderider - it was addictive!
Roger took out patents in the US and the UK and had friends mock up a quick video to show off the product. However, due to Sliderider already existing as a trade name, we knew, eventually, we would have to come up with new branding.
We met many times in the early stages to review 3D printed prototypes of each IM component, discuss progress and short term goals and objectives. Roger had manually machined the steel components, in his workshop at home, but at this stage the design was still in its infancy.