2nd Injection machine up and running. First production run this weekend.
I was planning to inject the pads on a hand operated injection machine last week, but a very precise amount of pressure is needed to get things right. Too little... Read more
Backing mold and injected adhesive pads are working
That's the last big design hurdle! The sockets now have a mass producible adhesive backing that works. I went with a full adhesive pad rather than a suction cup design.... Read more
Success with the new heated mold & SAN resin
Tolerances are finally on target! The new sockets hold the conductor clips with just the right tension, so components can easily be inserted and removed now.
This mold includes two... Read more
Milling new production mold now
After extensive upgrades and modifications, the mill is finally accurate enough to meet the tolerance requirements for a production socket mold. This new mold will contain both the 2-pin and... Read more
Found (and solving) the sources of the CNC accuracy issue
Cliff note update:
Further retrofits were needed to get past accuracy issues that were ruining molds. Those upgrades are nearly complete.
There were mechanical issues (worn acme nuts and... Read more
New test mold working, resin dryer working, and polished production mold to be cut next.
It's been a long road, but SocketCircuits is still progressing. The original deadline just wasn't possible without access to real industrial equipment. The only solution left was to try to... Read more
Electro-Discharge Machining to the rescue!
Happy new year! The SocketCircuits project is still going strong. There were setbacks, but there has also been a lot of progress. I ran a batch of sockets for retail... Read more
Early retail packaging and directions
These are early pictures of the packaging and documentation for the first retail kit. The kits will be shipped in "Stamp Cases" which are like DVD cases, without the DVD... Read more
Beating the odds - The spirit of a Kickstarter campaign
There are many challenges and risks to doing what has never been done before. For many Kickstarter campaigns, those can lead to delays. We are delayed on delivery for the... Read more
Progress on the production mold
I've made a lot of progress on the production mold. In the picture below you can see the 30 socket "core" section of the mold (left side), and an ejector... Read more
Worked out all the manual pressure settings
Through testing and observation, I've worked out all the pressure settings for manual injection mode. What this means is that I can now inject molds manually without over injecting them.... Read more
Injection machine running and socket mold working
I've successfully converted the injection mold machine to run on residential power and it is operating perfectly now. I tested it out on my most recent socket mold and it... Read more
We just acquired 2 industrial injection mold machines!
SocketCircuits has just acquired 2 industrial vertical injection molding machines! With 2.2kw of heat capacity and up to 35 tons of injection force, these machines can easily mass produce the... Read more
Results of the test...
I was able to assemble and test the cover plate part of the mold. During testing the piston threading was stripped. One of the challenges is that my equipment can... Read more
Lots of development and progress!
I've been working very hard to get a motorized version of the mold completed. The current version of the mechanism should be finished and into testing this week. With over... Read more
Proof-of-concept mold is completed. Final production mold is being machined now.
A functioning aluminum mold was created after several challenges with machining tolerances and mold design. This is a "rough cut" proof-of-concept mold that produced a working socket:
Here is a... Read more
Injection mold machine test went well. Working on metal socket molds now.
I spent the first week of January cutting prototype sockets for the 2014 (BarriBot) orders, but I shifted to completing the injection mold machine instead so that those orders can... Read more
The instructions for making barrier grid animations are complete.
I just finished the updated instructions for making barrier grid animations using inkscape. They are at the bottom of the BarriBot page at:
I'm moving on to cutting sockets... Read more
BarriBot Instructions are completed
Happy New Year everyone! I just completed the BarriBot instructions. You can view them at:
I'll be adding instructions for making your own barrier grid animations for Barribot as... Read more
The BarriBot kits have shipped
The papercraft portion of the BarriBot kits was shipped out yesterday with 2-day shipping. I'm very sorry for the delay. The animation transparency was not cutting properly and that prevented... Read more
Supply challenges and solutions for scaled up production
Hey everyone, thanks for your patience on an update. The prototype Barribot used a soldered battery holder that didn't have a switch. That would have required opening the robot and... Read more
SocketCircuits just got featured on Kickstarter's Blog!
Check it out:
I'm honored to get the mention, and they wrote up a great summary for the project. The concept of "downloading electronics" is really where we're headed.... Read more
Manufacturing and lesson plans
For those interested in the manufacturing details, I've made a lot of progress on the injection mold machine. I went with all electric instead of hydraulic because it is quiet,... Read more
Add BarriBot to any reward for $10 more
You can add the BarriBot kit to any reward level by adding $10 to your pledge amount. As an add-on item, it will be shipped together with your other reward... Read more