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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 #9: Shipping Begins on March 11th

Posted by Gravilogic (Creator)
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Shipping Begins Soon

If your address has changed, please update your address on the Survey before March 11th

We plan to begin shipping on March 11th and throughout the entire month of March. Like our production plan, shipping will start slow at first as we work out the procedure and problems that arise. You will receive an e-mail with a tracking number when your order has shipped.

Progress

We currently have 1647 pairs (out of the ~2300 ordered pairs) ready for assembly and testing. We should be able to finish the rest of them in the first week of March which will leave the rest of the month for assembly, testing, and shipping.

This cart currently contains 636 pairs of hardwood Switchblades ready for assembly and testing.
This cart currently contains 636 pairs of hardwood Switchblades ready for assembly and testing.
This box contains over 1,000 pairs of Galaxy Line Switchblades. It will be shipped off for a week of vibration polishing.
This box contains over 1,000 pairs of Galaxy Line Switchblades. It will be shipped off for a week of vibration polishing.

Quality Control

We have tools and procedures for quality control. This is necessary to catch mistakes we made during fabrication and because roughly 15% of Switchblades will have out-of-tolerance issues that need to be corrected during assembly and testing. We check for:

  • The Switchblades slides into the rails easily
  • The countersink screws won't scratch the rails
  • The latch mechanism engages properly
  • The kickstand is sufficiently stiff
  • The Switchblades aren't cocked / lopsided
Caliper depth gauge to check the depth of the kickstand pocket, pre-assembly alignment tool to check for lopsidedness, and Switch charger with blue paint in the rails to check for scratching.
Caliper depth gauge to check the depth of the kickstand pocket, pre-assembly alignment tool to check for lopsidedness, and Switch charger with blue paint in the rails to check for scratching.
We test the Switchblades on a Switch to check for smooth installation, latching mechanism, and lopsidedness.
We test the Switchblades on a Switch to check for smooth installation, latching mechanism, and lopsidedness.

Problems

We run into new problems every day; we don't share them here because they are usually small and easily solvable. However, we had a big quality control problem with the purpleheart wood. This wood is very dense and doesn't sand as well as other woods. Long story short, this caused nearly all of our purpleheart Switchblades to come out lumpy looking.

Lumpy purpleheart on top vs. properly finished purpleheart on bottom. The lumpiness is visible along the topmost edge of the piece.
Lumpy purpleheart on top vs. properly finished purpleheart on bottom. The lumpiness is visible along the topmost edge of the piece.

We have solved this problem, but we also ended up rejecting nearly all the purpleheart Switchblades. We have ordered more wood and are re-making all purpleheart Switchblades. This cost us around 1-2 days of work.

We want you to know that we'll do our best to avoid these problems, but they can take us by surprise sometimes. At worse, they will cause a delay but we promise your pledge will be delivered and the product will match what we advertised.

Jason Retallick, Zane, and 36 more people like this update.

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    1. James Reister on

      I am excited to hear that I might be getting the email of my Switchblades being shipped out this coming Monday or later, I have been wanting to see my Red Storm pair and the Sea Orchid pair I paid for my friend coming to my home.

      But good on Gravilogic keeping those who have a purpleheart wood option aware of the delays occurring with their blade pair. Not too many kickstarter campaigns will do that and prefer to keep it under wraps. I am waiting for that email and less than 6 days to go until shipping.

    2. Pascal Leroi on

      @Martese Crichlow-Clay, Kickstarter is not a store. You invest money in a project in the hopes to bring it to fruition. That said, they always had an estimated delivery of march 2019 so they are really great there. Most Kickstarter projects have huge delays, sometimes years...

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      Martese Crichlow-Clay on

      So I order one of these switchblades way back in like December 2018 and I still have not received it yet. Why is this taking so long?

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      Jeremy Pietrowski on

      Y'all are really the best, thank you so much for the communication and professionalism. You guys have great talent in your field and it shows.

    5. Moranic on

      I am seriously impressed by how professional you guys are doing this Kickstarter. Your updates leave zero doubt as to whether or not I'll get a good product. Kickstarter should just hold this one up as an example to all the others :)

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      PandaFluff on

      Not very surprised that you've been having issues with the purpleheart. It's very hard on tools. 😱 I remember talking to someone who works with it all the time and they're constantly having to resharpen their tools. Wayyy more often than with other woods. I'm glad you guys worked it out though! 😀 Can't wait to get mine! Got a set as a gift for my boyfriend, so I hope he likes them too! 😊

    7. Aaron on

      I have to say, I wasn't sure about this project when I backed it. I thought "This could be cool, especially when smash comes out" because I wont have to carry the switch, a stand and wireless controller. That being said, you have run such a fantastic kickstarter that I am pumped for my Switchblades. Just the care you are taking with the QA and transparency is so refreshing.

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      Lee Graham on

      Great update, good work and looking forward to delivery

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      Jason Retallick on

      As a purpleheart backer, those examples both look pretty good. That said, I'm glad to hear that your quality control process is thorough and standards are high. Very excited!