5000 Circuit Boards Assembled. 15000 To Go...
We have begun our assembly of Freedrum. This is a surprisingly quick process. Assembly began on Saturday and we have already seen 5000 PCB's go through the mounting machine.
Each Freedrum sensor has 43 individual electronic components. This machine selects each on and places it on our printed circuit board (PCB). That's a total of 215 000 individual components so far and 645 000 to go :)
Each of the above panels has 10 Freedrum sensors. 500 of these panels have been sent through the SMT machine and another 1500 panels will go through next week. Each of these panels is photographed to make sure all components are mounted correctly.
There are a couple of issues we have seen.
The printing on our drumsticks has not been great. (There is something about printing in this project that just does not agree with us). We are working with the supplier now to find a solution but there is not much we can do if we want to stay on production schedule.
Another annoyance is that (due to transit safety reasons) we will be shipping the Freedrum sensors on quite a low battery charge. Legally we are not allowed to ship them with a charge above 26%. Thank Samsung for that :) And so unfortunately you will probably need to charge your sensors before you can play. The good news is the beefy 200mAh battery will get you 14 hours of continuous use. So charging is not a frequent occurrence after that :)
I hope you all find these updates interesting. It's crazy the amount of stuff happening right now so please excuse the few days it takes to reply to some messages!
The wait is almost over!
Fredrik, Fred, August & Philip