“Delivered:” is a series in which we look at crowdfunded ideas that have successfully shipped to their supporters. We dive into the final product, after its long journey from concept to fulfillment.

Ever since high school geometry, I've hated trying to use compasses to draw circles. The indent left by the needle point is unsightly when I'd like a perfectly clean surface, and the adjusting nut never quite grips the pencil securely enough. When I've needed to make circles for art or DIY home projects, I've had to resort to using the brims of cups and hope the size is what I want. The creators behind the Iris Drawing Tool have come up with a much more elegant design to create a perfect circle without the frustrations that come with using a conventional compass.

Made of brass and steel, this mighty little tool uses rotating outer rings that allow me to adjust retractable leaves to the perfect size for my project. The ruler etched on the side helps me stay accurate in my work. The Iris is heavy and has a rubber ring on the bottom so I don't have to worry about the tool sliding around while I use it. It's perfect for building, designing and drawing.

One of my favorite parts about the Iris is that it is as elegant as it is useful. I enjoy having a tool that looks like a piece of art on my desk. Not to mention, the base that it rests on doubles as a tool to help locate the center of the circle, adding an extra bit of functionality to the design.

If you are interested in learning more about the Iris Drawing Tool and how crowdfunding worked for it, click on the links below.

Project Details:
Crowdfunding Campaign: Kickstarter
Launch Date: May 2019
Ship Date: November 2019
Company Website: Makers Cabinet