I have been working hard on many internal engineering details of Piccolo since my last update. I made the difficult decision to re-engineer the electrical connections between the rotating head and the bent arm of Piccolo. I have mentioned before that it is really hard to make things really small, and this is a great example of that. I thought I had this detail nailed, but after evaluating a couple more prototypes, I felt like a change was needed to ensure an assembly process that is robust, and also a product that will live up to all of our expectations. The downside to this change is schedule, as this engineering effort has added approximately six weeks to my timeline. I am working to reign in this delay as much as possible but it seems almost assured the Piccolo will be delivering in July, not June as I had hoped. I regret the delay, but trust that you all know I am committed to getting this right.
With that engineering redesign completed, I am ready to release all of the remaining internal components, and will be completing that release in the next week or so. Also, work continues on process development. The automatic soldering equipment used for making the electrical connections to the LED has been making good progress, with the basic structure now assembled (see image).
Thanks for the continued support and look for another update end of May.