China Pt. 5 (An Update from the Creator)
Our time in China is coming to an end and I’ll be flying back tomorrow evening.
We’re very happy to have closed everything down and we’re excited to move forward with the last stage of the project.
Like we said in our last update - we’ve entered a partnership with a fulfillment company, SKU Group, who are extremely efficient and experienced. They will also be dealing with customer service enquiries so you’ll have a number to call and an address to email in the event of any delivery complications.
Remember ‘Surface-mount Technology’ (SMT)? SMT is the method we’ve been using to produce our electronic boards.
Below is a picture of a sample of our new boards, successfully mass produced for the first time. And the 2nd is a picture of some of the reels that go into the machine to transfer the components onto the boards. Some of these reels will have enough (often minuscule) components to make over 1000's of boards.
Before this month, we’ve had to solder the FS-X components onto each board by hand! So this is a big step forward for us.
Of course, we’ve only shown you the back of the new boards, we just don’t want to make it any easier for our competitors to copy our hard work!
We use standard electronics off the shelf, but there is no component supplier or design house who is able to design and supply our modules. These have been designed in house with careful consideration of each and every component - all 150 of them!
We appreciate your comments about the colour scheme of the fastcharger in our update before last.
Here’s how the new fastcharger will look, all we need to do is add our logo.
Backers ‘First Look’
A member of our team has been in touch and we will be delivering the units for testing before the end of June.
These stereo sets, along with those to be sent to our bloggers and vloggers, will be delivered in special packages similar to these below!
We’re locking down the BackerKit choices today, following this, credit cards will be charged for those of you who have yet to pay for your add-ons chosen after the Kickstarter project.
We were interested to find our top 5 countries by amount of backers and thought this might be of interest to you too! A big thank you for all of your continued support.
Great Britain - 278
US - 182
Germany - 128
Netherlands - 67
Australia - 54
We received pledges from 58 different countries so thank you to every single one of you.
Here’s a reminder of our timeline:
David returns from China (Thursday 18th June)
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 17th June.
All the best,
David Archer and The Frankenspiel Team