Hone is off to DFM - factory photos
Hone is off to DFM
This week our factory representative stopped by my house to pick up our kit of parts for the Hone design for manufacture step - a perk of doing electronics assembly in California! We've chosen OSI Electronics to do our manufacturing, and now they are going to verify our design, panelize our PCB for their machines and produce some final prototypes on their New Product Introduction (NPI) line. This is the "Hone V4 factory prototype" step in our schedule.
OSI doesn't allow photography in part because they build stuff for the military, but we did visit a company called Printed Circuit Solutions, Inc. in Santa Ana that builds amazing PCBs and was cool with photos. I specifically want to shout out their VP of Operations, Joe Lara, who had an amazing amount of enthusiasm for our project and really helped us clarify our manufacturing picture. PCSI is interested in working with domestic electronics Kickstarters, so if that describes you, maybe drop him a line.
So the photos! 1. Engineers working on a PCB detail 2. Joe clarifying something about PCB lithography to Louis 3. Deeper into the process 4. CNC machines for milling out boards 5. The CNC controller is straight out of Lost! 6. Room full of gnarly chemicals, I believe for etching. Joe told us that PCSI is audited by the EPA monthly; they're fine with it because they're very careful about their environmental impact.
Updates on plastics and those prototypes!
Geoff & Louis