May 31, 2016

Contact: Chris King

Cal Poly Students to Sell Unique Products June 2

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly industrial technology and packaging students will present and sell their innovative products at two events on Thursday, June 2: from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cal Poly’s Dexter Lawn and from 6 to 9 p.m. at Farmers Market in downtown San Luis Obispo.

The students created the products over a 10-week quarter as a part of Cal Poly’s IT 407: Applied Business Operations class. 

The Learn by Doing senior project challenged groups of 10 industrial technology and packaging students to design, finance, prototype, manufacture and market 80 to 100 units of a unique product. Using solid modeling programs, 3-D printers and computer- controlled machinery, each team confronted real-world challenges to create multiple prototypes of their products and test them against the consumer market. Students also created a manual for reproducing their product with industry-standard technology.

“Students come out of the class transformed,” said Eric Olsen, Industrial Technology and Packaging Area chair. “They develop a real appreciation for the work and teamwork it takes to make a successful product.”

This quarter’s products included the PolyClip, a multifunctional money clip; CaddyHack, an innovative take on the traditional golf caddy; JuggerKnot, a user-friendly tie-down system; and PolyRack, a bike racking system. Several students plan to pursue full-scale businesses as a result of the project.

For more information on each product, visit

The JuggerKnot

The JuggerKnot is a lightweight clamping device that lets users combine the flexibility and convenience of rope with the strength and security of tie-down straps. Because it is not rope, the JuggerKnot saves time by eliminating the need for complicated knots when securing a transport load. It is designed to be integrated directly into the rope system, provides secure tension at multiple points, fits rope dimensions of 1/8-inch to 1/2-inch, and has a working load limit of 250 pounds. The JuggerKnot, currently in the process of obtaining a patent, could revolutionize the load-securement industry with its ease and speed in securing and loosening a transportable load. For more information, visit

The PolyRack

The PolyRack provides consumers an aesthetic and convenient way to mount a bicycle. The tool is made of high-quality steel and premium wood, and uses built-in swivel technology, letting cyclists efficiently and easily hang their bikes. Meticulously crafted and rigorously tested, the rack can hold up to 100 pounds and will secure any type of tire — road, mountain and BMX. For more information, visit

The PolyClip

The PolyClip is a multi-tool money clip shaped like the iconic Cal Poly “CP” logo. The clip incorporates many useful features, including a bottle opener, three hex keys, a flat-head screwdriver, letter opener, laser-etched ruler and a keychain hole. The stainless-steel product is extremely durable, lightweight and water resistant. For more information, visit

The CaddyHack

The CaddyHack offers golfers a more comfortable and convenient playing experience. It is a 3-1/2-foot pole that easily stakes into the ground anywhere on the course except the green. The CaddyHack has multiple uses: a golf club rest; quick access to the “tee” holder for easy access to the scorecard; and a top slot for resting a cigar while golfing. For more information, visit

About Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business
Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business prepares career-ready, global business leaders through the university’s Learn by Doing philosophy. The undergraduate program offers a polytechnic education in a broad range of disciplines in business administration, economics, and industrial technology and packaging. The college also offers master’s degrees in business analytics, accounting and economics. It is one of six academic colleges at Cal Poly, a nationally ranked, four-year comprehensive public university located in San Luis Obispo, Calif. For more information, go

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