This morning we received our third round of samples and parts look and function excellent. We have just one small adjustment to the socket tool and then we should be able to turn on production.
The tooling for the suction cups has been completed and their final material selection has been made. There are literally hundreds of possibilities available to mold suction cups in and each have their specific application. Our project demanded a unique blend of stiffness and compliance to effectively eliminate the "bounce" that would have resulted from common vinyl and rubber suction cups. In addition, we needed to address the prolonged UV exposure and extreme heat when used during windshield mounted applications. Our suction cups work extremely well under these extreme conditions.
Couple of side notes:
-There was some confusion that we resorted to "off the shelf" suction cups. NOT TRUE. Our products design and functionality are completely unique and therefore require the manufacture of entirely custom components.
-There was some confusion that backers will be getting an outdated Orbit version 1.0 model. NOT TRUE. All backers will be getting the new and improved version 2.0 suction mount that reflects all of our design tweaks and material upgrades.
-The brass inserts were eliminated in Version 2.0. YES. This was done to ultimately improve functionality with the added bonus of reducing the cost of the production manufacturing. A win-win for us and for you. Let me explain: When the mount is used on a windshield for example, it is constantly being twisted, turned and adjusted. We found that the brass inserts provided zero friction and were too easily loosened when the mount was rotated counter-clockwise. We chose to tap the polymer itself with an undersized class thread allowing us to control the amount of friction we needed to prevent this unthreading nuisance. We have increased the stud length and ensure that "stripped threads" will never be an issue. The polymer we have selected is extremely tough, so absolutely nothing to worry about.
-We have decided to offer Version 2.0 in the Black & Red color scheme shown. The ball joint will be opaque black while the suction cups will be offered in a translucent red. The suction cups will have a red anodized threaded aluminum insert.
We have included a few pics to show how things are progressing.
Again, a huge thank you for your continued support and patience.
Jon & Joe