Packaging, Colors, and Production Schedule
Une Bobine launched at 7:07 on May 7...exactly 1 month ago. So we thought it fitting to give you our weekly Friday update 1 day early. This update might be a long read, but we have a lot of details to share with you.
The packaging design is complete except for final photography of Une Bobine on the phones and the final UPC codes. We took a lot of your requests to come up with this design and hope you like it. We hope to have the photography done for the main picture on the front of the box in the next few weeks.
We have been watching your comments as well as responding to direct messages with all of your color preferences....everything from black and white to hot pink. While we would love to offer every color under the sun, we cannot get quantity price breaks for different colors. So we must choose 1 color for iPhone and 1 color for Android. We feel the best approach is to stick with the colors you are used to that came with your device. Une Bobine - For iPhone will have white connectors and Une Bobine - Micro|USB will have black connectors. Both will have the natural steel cable since that is one of the distinguishing features of Une Bobine.
A lot has happened in 30 days. We have compressed what would typically take 4 months into 1 month. When we launched Une Bobine, we needed to make a single injection mold that would build 2 parts. With your funding, we have been able to add Micro|USB as well as improve the product design. Because of this, we are now making 8 injection molds to build 15 parts. To keep it simple for you, we have made this production schedule graphic so you can easily see the progress when we post updates.
1 | Mold Production - As we mentioned a few weeks ago, we have already begun mold production. We just received the CAD drawings for the mold design and are in the process of reviewing them. This is one step to ensure that the production parts conform to our specifications. As soon as we approve the mold design, the factory will begin cutting the steel for all of the injection molds.
2 | Molds Complete - As the molds are nearing completion and being prepped to produce production parts, we will pre-order the materials required for production. This will include all of the metal for the coil as well as the connectors and wiring. This is to have all materials available on-hand when we are ready for production.
3 | Production Samples - The factory will build 200 units for a production test sample. These will be used for our production validation testing.
4 | Funds Released - From Kickstarter's FAQ, it takes 14 days for Amazon to release funds after the project is complete and up to an additional 7 days for the funds to be transferred. Our aim is to begin full production as quickly as possible after the funds are transferred.
5 | Full Production - Full production will actually only take a few days because we will have all required materials pre-ordered and ready.
6 | Quality Testing - With any large scale project of this nature, it is important to test each production run. The factory will be performing this testing by pulling samples from each lot before approving the shipment.
7 | Production Complete - We plan to ship all Kickstarter units by air freight to our office, which should only take a few days. Then they will start getting boxed for shipment to you.
8 | Une Bobine Shipped - Une Bobine shipped to backers all over the world!
How often will we give updates?
Starting next week, we will provide weekly updates on Friday regardless if we have major new information or not. We may also provide updates at other times if we have important information to share. Some aspects of production tend to be a waiting game, such as the time to cut the steel for the molds, and at times like that we ask that you are patient with us. We will also be providing ongoing progress updates most days on our blog at http://fusechicken.wordpress.com
Answers to some commonly asked questions:
How do I select Une Bobine/Petite Bobine and iPhone/Android?
You don't need to make your selections yet. Kickstarter has a feature that allows us to send out a website form/survey after the project completes. We will use this to allow you to make your selections and also provide us with your shipping address. All pledge levels will have the choice between the 4 versions. At pledge levels with multiple Bobines, you can mix and match in any combination.
What about the iPhone 5?
Right now, there are probably 5 people at Apple that know what the next connector will be...if it even will be different. So this is purely speculation at this point, which makes it very difficult to say if we'll have an adapter, a new version, or something else. But whatever we do, we will try our best to make sure our Kickstarter backers get some sort of discount on whatever we come out with.
Does it work with.....?
We are keeping updated lists of phones and cases that have been tested on our blog at http://fusechicken.wordpress.com
As always, feel free to send a message, leave a comment, or send a tweet to @jefawcett.
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