We're well settled into our space at Artisan's Asylum. Lately we've been perfecting the workflow for the packaging process: cutting parts from reels, organizing them into smaller containers, heat-sealing parts into plastic bags.
This is what parts for 1000 Tesla coils look like!
We're all ready to go... except the toroids still aren't here. We've been in constant contact with the manufacturer of the toroids, and the simple fact of the matter is that it takes a long time to machine hardened steel dies. Due to problems with his initial design, our manufacturer has revised his process and made new dies. He's now using a two-part die which is slightly larger and pre-forms the outside of the toroids with a secondary die. The inside of the toroid comes out smooth, but the outside has some wrinkles. Some of you have been making suggestions in the comments on how to fix the problems with the toroids-- we've forwarded these on to the manufacturer and he says the comments have been helpful.
Here's all 350lbs of his initial die:
The initial toroids came out awfully wrinkly:
The manufacturer anticipates that it will be another few weeks before he gets good results. Hopefully that will be the end to his problems. In the meantime, we will start shipping kits as fast as we can package them, starting this week, and we'll send toroids along as they arrive. Let us know if you would NOT like your kit to be shipped without the toroid. We don't recommend running with any topload other than our toroids, so you should wait until the toroids arrive before running your coil anyway.
Several weeks ago, we finished shipping all the circuit boards. If you have not yet received your circuit boards, let us know. As soon as we get some kits out the door, we'll open up the "complete your kit" option on the website. There isn't much of a point in taking these orders while we still have hundreds more that haven't yet been shipped.
In other news, we were invited to a Tesla Tech fair at Dartmouth College (which you can read more about on our blog), and we found that Pelican cases with pick-n'-pluck foam inserts make a fantastic carrying case for oneTesla.
As always, feel free to ask questions on our forum, or send us a message on Kickstarter. Happy coiling!