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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.
2,098 backers pledged $55,286 to help bring this project to life.

Update 7

Posted by Gravilogic (Creator)
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Summary

  • We have secured all the wood, plastic, parts, and bags we need
  • The production process for the hardwood styles is 90% developed
  • The production process for the Galaxy Line is fully developed
  • The production process for the Executive Line is 90% developed
  • We have automated 4 processes that were previously hand labor

The hardwood styles and Executive Line still have CNC issues that need to be solved, mostly tool path optimization to improve surface finish and dimensional accuracy. We have been doing limited production to work out the problems and expect to begin full production on Monday.

Mass Fabrication Jigs

Jigs for mass fabrication are nearly complete. The image below is the jig for holding wood boards; there is another similar jig for holding the acrylic rods.

This jig holds 9 hardwood boards for machining
This jig holds 9 hardwood boards for machining

Production Workflow

We have developed a production workflow flowchart that outlines all the processes to get from raw materials to finished Switchblades. Each process has a well defined procedure that enforces standardization to prevent mistakes and wasted parts. A well defined procedure also ensures that we get consistent results regardless of which person is operating the machines.

This chart shows the production workflow from raw materials to finished Switchblade pairs for hardwood and Galaxy Line styles
This chart shows the production workflow from raw materials to finished Switchblade pairs for hardwood and Galaxy Line styles

The production workflow also includes the containers that the parts enter into and leave out of. This is extremely important because this project has over 60 unique parts and some parts go through 5 different processes before they are complete. A robust organization system eliminates a lot of time wasted on sorting and searching for parts.

Polished Samples

Below are images of the polished samples for the Galaxy Line and Executive Line Switchblades that we have received from our vibration polishing partner. These will be the final surface finish we are going with.

Final surface finish of the Galaxy Line Switchblades
Final surface finish of the Galaxy Line Switchblades
Final surface finish of the Executive Line Switchblades. These will also recieve a clear anodized coating protect against scratching.
Final surface finish of the Executive Line Switchblades. These will also recieve a clear anodized coating protect against scratching.
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    1. James Reister on

      I can't wait to see my Red Storm switchblades, and the Sea Orchid Switchblades I bought for my friend.

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      Patrick Morrissey on

      This has got to be one of, if not the most transparent kickstarter campaign I've ever backed. looking good Gravilogic!

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      Lee Graham on

      Great update, looking for to the product.