Hello again everyone!
We have some exciting stuff to show you today.
As you know, a week or so ago we selected the company who is going manufacture the Glif. We talked to a bunch of different manufacturers, and after reviewing all of their quotes, we selected a company called Premier Source. We ended up going with Premier Source because they seemed to understand the project, where we were coming from, and best of all, their production facilities are in the US. This was important for us because it means we can visit them and see the Glif production in process, as well as keep the Glif 'Designed and Manufactured in America'.
Since we started working with Premier Source, we've seen the Glif start to take shape as a real commercial product! As we mentioned in an earlier update, the first step in the manufacturing process is to make the mold, and that all starts in the computer. Below are renderings of the final design of the Glif's mold. We will do our best to explain what you are seeing:
• The two large blocks you see are hardened steel that are machined with an EDM process (Electrical Discharge Machining), which basically cuts away at the steel with "a series of rapidly recurring current discharges between two electrodes, separated by a dielectric liquid and subject to an electric voltage." Pretty crazy, eh?
• The blue spring looking things are the ejection pins that push the Glif out of the mold once it has been injected, cooled, and the mold has been opened.
• In the second image you can see where the brass inserts are placed before each injection.
• The shiny silver pieces are inserts that allow us to adjust the mold so we can make the iPhone fit just right.
Obviously, this injection molding stuff is complex; there are all kinds of shrinkage factors, etc. to keep track of, but everyone at Premier Source has been great and we're excited to see the Glif's birth! We plan on traveling to South Dakota sometime in mid November to see the process in action.
Tom & Dan