We've been busy the past couple of weeks getting TAKTIK Extreme cases out the door to our Future Proof Backers. By now, most of you should be getting familiar with your new cases, and are hopefully agree that always using protection is invaluable for your iPhone:)
For those who supported the bike mount and holster for TAKTIK 4, let's recap. We want to take you back to the end of November when our first engineering challenge of this project appeared. That’s when we found the design of the 360 degree holster rotation on the clip was degrading the plastic.
We spent the next few weeks testing different materials and dialing in tolerances before settling on a plastic composition in January and deciding to go for a full re-engineering of this interface. Below is a photo of the old and new designs.
The new concept is tooled up, and we have seen a few revisions to the parts before and after the Chinese New Year. The fit is more secure and the rotation is much smoother, once you try it, we hope you agree this change was worth the wait. We are making one final refinement this week to remove material from the 4 hooks you see in the photo. This should allow the holster and clip to snap together more easily during assembly. This is being completed this week and we will review new parts next week.
The last challenge is around the spring for the holster clip. We have been testing these parts in studio and found that after only a few days of use the spring wasn’t keeping its shape. Can you imagine if you car door only worked 10 times before breaking? This is unacceptable. We are working with our suppliers to dial in the thickness and material on the spring to improve the cycle time.
We know you want to get TAKTIK on your belt and on your wheels as soon as possible, so thanks again for sticking with us through this ride. We hope to dial in these last two challenges by the end of next week and then follow that with your production order.
The LUNATIK Team
(First image) Latest design (Second image) Previous design