China Pt. 3 (An Update from the Creator)
David here, the final stages of the project in China have been progressing well.
It’s been an extremely busy week and I’ve been quite tied up so I haven’t had a chance to revisit our manufacturers to take pictures of the sample FS-Xs or the mass production components, such as the drivers and shells. It’s important not to lose a day in these final stages, but I will be returning over the next week to make sure everything is in place, ready to ship so I’ll do my best to take some pictures then.
We have been mostly working on preparing the electronics boards for mass production. These boards will go into production over the next week and we’ll ship them out immediately.
This has been quite a tricky process as up until now, the electronic boards have all been soldered by hand. The FS-X has 150 chips! All of which need to be carefully applied to the boards.
So naturally, when we transferred this work to a machine, there was a considerable amount of tiny adjustments to make sure it was perfect.
We’re using ‘Surface-mount Technology’ (SMT). SMT is a method for producing electronic circuits in which the components are mounted or placed directly onto the surface of printed circuit boards (PCBs). In basic terms, the chips and circuit boards are prepared, printed on a conveyor belt then pressed together in an oven-like system.
Thankfully, after some very late nights, we’ve mastered this process and we’re ready to mass produce our electronic boards.
I need to close down a few things here in China before I leave and make sure all of our components are on their way to Amsterdam. So I’m aiming to return to London around the time of our next update, Wednesday 10th June. Then I’ll be flying to Amsterdam to coordinate and complete final assembly towards the end of June, in time for delivery to you in July.
We’ve also had the chance to finalise the fastcharger. It’s considerably more robust than our prototype and has an Apple-esque design.
This is a one of our favourite features of the FS-X, bringing the charge time down to just 50 minutes for 50 hours of playtime.
Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Backers ‘First Look’
Here are your 5 choices who’ve received the most nominations from other backers over the past two weeks. We have not counted those backers who have expressed they do not wish to take part.
2. Lee Gibson
3. Craig Trickett
4. Szabolcs Boszormenyi
5. John H. Halpern, M.D.
A member of our team will be in touch next week to confirm participation.
Please ignore this section of the update if you do not want to edit your BackerKit choices and/or address.
You can still review your add-ons, accessories, frontframe plates, and edit your choices. We have not yet locked these down.
If you’d like to do so, please visit https://frankenspielfs-x.backerkit.com/. Login and navigate to the review page. This page will list the details of your pledge, from here you’ll be able to edit your choices. If you can’t remember your password, just enter your Kickstarter email address and they’ll send you a new invite. It’s important for us to lock these down so we can prepare your orders for shipping so can you please complete this by our next update, Wednesday 10th June.
Remember: after next week, you will no longer be able to change your details. So if you intend to do so, please do this now.
Here’s a reminder of our timeline - as stated earlier in this update, we’re still closing down a few things in China from last month. However, this will not affect scheduled delivery for July.
Test & review of production FS-Xs by reputable blogs
Finalising project in Amsterdam
- Final assembly of all FS-X units from components
- Packaging of units and accessories in gift boxes to be sent worldwide
Delivery of all units to backers
Your next update will be no later than a week from now, Wednesday 10th June.
All the best,
David Archer and The Frankenspiel Team