StorTech has come out with a new Twist Tube storage system that is centered around these small plastic tubes with twist-lock closures. It looks like a clever organizational system that could be versatile for storing small parts and tools in the workshop or home.
Twist Tubes have clear end caps and length-wise windows that allow you to see the contents. Tubes are opened and closed by simply twisting the end cap.
There are currently two sizes of Twist Tubes – small (~1-1/2″ diameter x 3-3/4″ long), and large (~2-3/8″ in diameter x 6-7/8″ long).
Dividers help to maximize the full space of each Twist Tube, and because there are no fixed slots, they can be moved to create any size partitions.
There are multiple ways to mount Twist Tubes:
- Individual mounting accessory
- 4-tube mounting rack
- hanging 4-tube dock
- loose in a drawer
- “Tube Cubes”
Tube Cubes are portable Twist Tube docking stations which have rotating carousels so that you can retrieve any tube from any direction.
Tube Cubes fit neatly next to each other on a benchtop, and there are also double-width ones that fit twice as many tubes in a single carrier.
Here are some videos that show how everything works and fits together:
Right now, the project’s up on Kickstarter to raise funds. with pledge prices ranging from $12 to $125.
It is planned that Twist Tubes and all related accessories will be made in the USA.
More Info(via Kickstarter)
More Info(via StorTech)
I find the design and modular nature of Twist Tubes to be highly appealing, and will be following the Kickstarter progress with great interest. I really think that the storage system has the potential to help organize even the most cluttered of workspaces.
One of the product images shows a Twist Tube attached to a backpack and being used to store M&Ms. We asked whether the tubes are food-grade, and were told that they are NOT FDA-approved. The tubes also aren’t waterproof, but there could be a silicone sleeve that stretches over the tubes to seal out water and other contaminants.
The completely modular and customizable nature of the Twist Tubes system reminds me of the BluCave modular storage setup, where arrangement options are nearly endless.
There is a lot of potential for expandability as well, such as for mounting docks with double-sided tape, magnetic, or Velcro liners, and tube inserts such as an LED flashlight or molded battery separator.
Can Stuart (or anybody else) identify the hefty-looking aluminum jig seen on the Twist Tube Kickstarter page next to the Dremel? It’s the second-from-the-bottom picture in this strip: https://s3.amazonaws.com/ksr/assets/002/448/208/b30d85f5352c13adcccf0c3de79ecda9_large.png?1408311763
I haven’t a clue as to what that is. When I first saw it, I guessed that it was part of an injection mold, or something of the sort.
Twist Tube guy here… Stuart was right on… The part shown is part of a prototype aluminum injection mold for Magnetti Marelli … it was a fun project!