About 3 weeks ago we shipped out the first bulk batch of Ramos clocks! We're still a bit of a ways from getting all the clocks out, but this was definitely a good start.
The first batch of LED Ramos clocks taught us a great deal about everything that goes into each Ramos clock from start to finish. We're now pretty good at making boxes, and turning our shop into a shipping department.
All the trivial things like shipping labels, tape, customs forms, etc. stop being so trivial when you have to ship out hundreds of packages! In the end we gained a good deal of knowledge on organizing shipments which will help speed things up in the future.
Final assembly of such a big batch was also a challenge. Taking the oh-so delicate wooden housings and installing all the electronics with sharp and heavy metal tools was very nerve racking. One slight movement of the hand, and a clock is ruined.
With all this new-found experience we've been hard at work preparing our next batch. One of the biggest things we've learned with the first batch was that it was simply too large. Dealing with so many at once proved to be inefficient, and hurt our yield in the end. Because of this, we have broken up the rest of the clocks we need to make in more manageable batches.
This new approach coupled with the experience gained with every process is going well. The first batch of Nixies is moving along nicely, and is 3 weeks from finishing. We're busy making all the parts and going through all the factory processes.
Now that we know how long it takes to make the clocks, and how to size the batches, we have a schedule as to when we will fulfill all the rewards. Here's the breakdown.
The rewards will be shipped out in batches on a monthly basis. This means that it will take us 5 months before every backer has received their Ramos. We can't tell you exactly which batch you'll be in, but it's going to depend on when you pledged (the list in which we received the pledges will be honored) along with your wood selection. Domestic shipments will be sent through UPS and international shipments via USPS. You will receive an email with a tracking number notifying you that your reward has shipped.
We're sorry about blowing past our time estimates and won't hesitate to admit that we had no idea how much work goes into each and every Ramos clock. We committed ourselves to make a quality product and we take the time with each and every Ramos to create a hand-crafted clock that is worth your time and money.
With that said, there are currently many Ramos clocks out in the wild that have delivered over a thousand alarms collectively! Many LED Ramos backers have received their clocks and have been using it for weeks. We love feedback, so feel free to tell us how it's going. Also feel free to send up pictures of your clock on facebook or twitter.
Another cool thing is that we have been honored to donate Nixie Ramos SN:0001 to the US National Watch and Clock Museum! They're having an exhibit on alarm clocks starting on the 26th of April that the Ramos will be a part of, so if you're close you should check it out!
Alright, with that we'll get back to making clocks. Thanks so much for making all this possible!
-Paul and Mike
P.P.S. Here's the user manual of the LED Ramos 99% of which applies to the Nixie Ramos.