The first batch of 125 blank pc boards for the E370 arrived this morning. A quick visual scan does not show any issues.
Next week, we will have 4 full boards assembled to test the production workflow (BOM, parts loading, machine programming, soldering, and the boot ROM). If this is successful, then the remaining 125 boards will be assembled.
These assembled boards, and then companion jack boards, will be ready the last week of November. This is the same time the front panels arrive.
If all is OK, then shipments start before Dec 1st.
I will be sending out via the KS app something called a 'Survey' (bad choice of words IMHO). This is where you will 'officially' fill in your shipping info. Even if you already have given it via other means, please fill it out so I can not get notifications like "Backer #45 has not filled out the Survey!!"
Dec. 20th is the LAST DAY of 2017 I will be shipping. Depending on many factors (my stamina being one), the units up to ~ Backer 90 or so should be shipped. I still have non-E370 orders to ship in this time period (trying to ship as many of those right now).
But as always, there will be some cutoff and some of you may feel upset, but please realize this involves over 500,000 parts, beta testers, coders and elements I have no control over (hopefully no weather delays).
I promise to work hard to send all 125 out if possible. I'll post updates every week where I am in the shipping list (by Backer #) and remember, many backer ordered multiple modules. And let's also hope the front panels are nice and pretty and fit properly.