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Decorative and protective rail covers with kickstand feature for the Nintendo Switch console, handmade from wood and other materials.
Decorative and protective rail covers with kickstand feature for the Nintendo Switch console, handmade from wood and other materials.
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Update #3

Posted by Gravilogic (Creator)
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We're just refining our kickstand and designing the fabrication jigs. We're currently planning for 3,000 to 5,000 orders with our fabrication plan.

We have finished our tooling and CAM (Computer-Aided Manufacturing) work on the Switchblade bumpers. The challenge here is selecting the correct tools and feed rates to yield a good clean cut.

We have begun work on the layout on a wooden board. We have to ensure that the clamping points and routing process keeps the board rigid while it is being cut. If the board warps during cutting, then the Switchblades will be out of design tolerance.

Rendering of our CAM process
Rendering of our CAM process
Layout of the Switchblades and clamping points on a wood board
Layout of the Switchblades and clamping points on a wood board

The compressed o-ring design we've been playing with works well and allows the kickstand to retain its frictional resistance over several thousand cycles. This is crucial because the frictional resistance is what allows the kickstand to have an adjustable viewing angle and we want this to last more than a couple of years of use.

The design needs to be tested for several thousand cycles
The design needs to be tested for several thousand cycles

A backer asked us how the kickstands work with a right angle USB-C connector; the image below is what it looks like. The wood shown below is a piece of scrapwood; it doesn't represent any of the product line.

Right angle USB-C connector with kickstand
Right angle USB-C connector with kickstand
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      Travis Myers on

      You guys are awesome! Things are looking great, thanks for the update.

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      Dalton Walker on

      Take your time. Gonna be a great product especially if it is not rushed