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As you know from the last update, our primary lathe went down. I was out of action for about 2.5 weeks. Other than losing production time it's also going to cost us about $6,000 in repairs. The good news is, we are back up and running and currently machining aluminum pen bodies.
The black bearing cage that keeps the ball-bearings evenly spaced broke apart in several places. This allowed the balls to float around causing all kinds of noise and excessive friction. As you can see in the image the three balls are touching and then there is a big gap to the right of the third ball...they should be spaced out and not clumped together.
No choice but to replace the entire spindle cartridge. The spindle is where the chuck holding the workpiece (the part we are machining) is mounted. It's connected to the drive motor at the other end. Pretty essential piece of kit :)
Right now we have most of the materials and supplies in stock. However, Bock also had an equipment malfunction on their production line, meaning we won't be getting all of our nibs until (hopefully) the first week of September. Germany has a 3 week national holiday in August, so that is the main reason for the long delay. We'll try to front-load as much production as possible and we should be able to get all rewards shipped quite quickly after getting in the nibs.
This issue, combined with the lathe down-time probably means we are going to have some delay on delivery of early-bird rewards. Stay tuned for more progress updates.
Custom notebooks also arrived! I'm super excited and they look fantastic! This paper works great with our nib/ink combination ;)
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