EZ-Steady Assembly Update #5
Here's another update about our assembly of the EZ-Steady. We got our first 100 stages back from anodizing and they look great. However, we assembled around 100 handles and after they dried we realized we had a major problem. They were binding up and not spinning freely as they should. We figured out that the there was too much space between the outside of the bearings and the inside of the handle tube. Somehow our epoxy expanded unevenly and cross loaded the bolt within the bearings causing it to seize. In simple terms they don't work. We tried to just put one bearing in the handles. That did work but there was some slop and wiggle in them that I couldn't accept.
So, we have engineered a new handle that will fit much tighter and ensure proper alignment of the bearings so they can spin freely. Over the course of being burned by a few machine shops we actually found one that can do work very well and very fast. They are already working on the new handles and they will ship to us in about 2 weeks.
I feel horrible that this happened and the project is delayed yet again. I am still committed to getting you your EZ-Steady as fast as humanly possible but it will have to wait a couple more weeks. By the time we get the new handles in we should have most of the stages back and anodized so we should be able to get all 300 orders out very quickly instead of in small batches like we had planned.
Please watch the attached video if you would like more details. Again, thank you for your patience and for sticking with us through this. It means the world to us.
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