On the ground with Flextronics
Last week we began a trip to California to work closely with our assembly partner, Flextronics, for 30 days. Our goal is that relocation will allow us to accelerate development and arrive on the highest quality solutions together.
It looks like all the CST-01s for our Kickstarter backers will be manufactured in the USA with the help of Flextronics International. We had a goal to make these in the USA, we’re excited to have got so much closer to that goal this month.
Flextronics are incredibly experienced in all areas of supply chain management, manufacturing and fulfillment, We’re very excited to have such a prestigious partner on board to deliver these rewards. They’re kind of a big deal and this certainly makes us more confident we’re moving toward delivering the best quality product we can.
Here’s a picture of us with the core team after a recent development meeting.
Project plan and schedule
We’re really excited about what could be interpreted as completely boring. All partners and supply chain are on schedule as planned, We’ll keep updating this project plan as we collaborate with Flextronics this month.
Anyhow, details on all the parts:
1. Battery samples delivered. 400 parts arrived and we’re currently using these for testing, the delivery schedule for the rest of our batteries is still on schedule too.
2. Battery Management IC delivered. We received 400 of these units this week and ship them directly to our flexible printed circuit partner for testing. Full delivery of all these ICs is the 16th of September.
3. Flexible circuit with e-ink display on schedule. A sample set of the fully integrated watch circuit is scheduled for delivery on October 9th for testing, we are working on ways to expedite this to reduce timelines. After some testing we can turn the key and manufacture 10,000 circuit boards. And here’s the project plan with where we are to date:
Activities this past month
We have these parts more ready for injection molding, the main parts all have the required 1 degree of tooling draft, two of the parts need a ‘slide’ in the tool for details that cannot be molded straight (the USB hole and the button levers. will have a sliding part of the tool to mold these features.)
The 3D printed iterations this month are working well and we are ready to do some CNC machined parts. This will enable us to test the resulting in the force needed on those connectors, we can also do repetitive tests on the connector.
With these models and test results in hand should be armed with the knowledge we need to make any needed engineering changes to the tool and assembly to have the work repeatably and reliably.
The most challenging part of the base station is getting good force and contact between the watch charge point and the connector in the base station….and doing all that while ensuring it ‘feels’ secure when you slide the watch in and out. Here’s a cross section view through the parts picture above when assembled..
Bridging the time until we receive our final flexible circuits.
As you can see from the timeline we do not receive the final flexible circuit with e-ink display for about a month. So as to not waste time we released a prototype flexible board that we can attach to our previous prototypes so that we can continue mold testing, mechanical and electrical testing.
September To-Do List
- Test a physical model of the base station and charger to ensure good mechanical and electrical performance.
- Design refinements based on the results of the base station tests and further refinements for moldflow in injection molding.
- Create some test fixtures for the flexible circuit so we can refine molding strategies while we wait on delivery of our real FPC in October to continue more testing.
- Continue packaging design and engineering development.
What’s the Status of the Budget?
We’ve had very little expenditure this last month, The wedge moved a little due to ordering some crystals and having them delivered to our FPC partner, plus some small prototyping cost for the base station and the bridge flex circuit. We’re on track!
Dave, Jerry & the CST team
We have been getting a lot of similar questions so we will be publishing a FAQ at the bottom of our updates in order to answer the majority of questions we receive.
Will you still be shipping in September?
No. Our current schedule shows we will be starting to ship in December.
What order will you be sending out watches? Can I get mine first?
Rewards will be sent in the order that they were received. This is the only fair way to schedule it. We are doing everything we can to get them out as soon as possible.
Has the survey gone out yet?
Not yet. In the survey you will be able to select your size(s), color(s), and submit your shipping information. We are only allowed to send one survey and as these types of data change every once in a while, we are waiting until we absolutely need this info before sending you the survey. We will do everything we can to make sure you don't miss it, we will post in the comments and issue an update when it does go out. If you are concerned that you missed the survey please look through the updates.
I would like to select my size, I am a...
You will be able to do this in the survey that will be sent when we need this information. The survey has not been sent yet.
I would like to change my color to...
How can I change my shipping address?
Using the size chart, my wrist is just barely inside of (one size) and barely outside of (another size), which size do I choose? Using the size chart, you should choose the size where the band is inside the "size range" square (not outside). There is no overlap in the sizing chart, and so space between sizes so you should be inside of one of the areas. If it's really right on the line and you don't know what to choose, we'd recommend the smaller size since the bands can be spread out slightly to accommodate larger wrists easier than they can be made smaller.
I'm a distributor/reseller/vlogger and would like a sample for…
Production samples are not ready yet. The DVU's we do have are not final parts and are not ready for evaluation by suppliers or testers.
Where can I buy one? / I just found out about this Kickstarter and still want to pre-order one. / I would like to order additional colors.
We are still in the process of producing the CST-01 so they are not shipping currently. If you are interested in getting your name on the list for when we do ship you can pre-order watches on our site: centralstandardtiming.com. Orders will be fulfilled in the order they were placed. Thanks for the interest!
I see that there is one watch left at the $99 level, how do I get that one?
The Kickstarter campaign has ended. That statement is a bug in the Kickstarter system that we have requested to have removed. We have been told that removing this statement is not possible, so you will just need to take our word that the campaign is over and there are no "early bird" rewards left. However, we are still taking pre-orders on our site at centralstandardtiming.com.
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