We're nearly there
First, I'd like to thank everyone for the patience. As noted in previous updates, the delays in the case manufacturing have caused some timeline issues. I truly appreciate your support of the project.
Case and injection molding update
There were some small mold issues - mostly screw holes that weren't fully formed. All of those have been fixed, and the molds have had the appropriate textures applied. I have been told that they will be doing the final test case with the proper plastics (ABS and polycarbonate) on Friday. Once approved, the first run should only take 1-2 days, and may be happening as early as the beginning of next week. As noted previously, we will be shipping a portion of the cases by air in order to start final assembly and shipping. The rest will be shipped by sea.
Circuit board assembly
From over 20,000 screws to 6,000 rubber feet, we have everything ready for final assembly in hand and ready to go. We are awaiting the final panelized circuit boards, which should be arriving early next week. We'll be sure to make a video of the pick and place assembly of the units.
Although the manufacturing delays are unfortunate, they've allowed us to refine the firmware and software quite a bit. A bootloader is software code that resides on the internal microcontroller of the printer and allows you to update it when we release new versions. In addition to the primary bootloader on the main processor, we've added a secondary bootloader to the ARM CPU that controls the print head. This will allow us to update all aspects of the printer if we find bugs after release, or to simply add new features.
Currently, we have working client-side applications for OSX, Windows, and iOS. The applications allow you to print content, update firmware, and configure the wireless settings of the printer. Linux and Android versions are planned as soon as possible.
Based on test runs, we expect our output to be about 50 units per day. We will be shipping out units to early bird backers first, then all other backers in random order. You will be able to track shipping status on the website.
Updates in the coming weeks
As the final shipping date approaches, I will try to post more frequent updates at least once every few days. I don't receive emails when someone posts a comment or contacts me via Kickstarter, so please reach out via email to firstname.lastname@example.org for the quickest reply possible. I am happy to answer any and all questions, and do my best to reply to emails within a few hours during the day.
I got great feedback on the video updates, and am working on another one to post early next week.
As usual, thank you for backing mPrinter. Without you, this project wouldn't have been possible.