Good Afternoon Everyone!
We hope you all had an excellent thanksgiving and are enjoying spending time with family and friends. We have taken some big steps in the production of the parts required for the mechanical side of the case and are underway with the development of the app.
We produced over 13 different prototypes of the case assembly using Polyjet and SLA 3D printing technology and after months of trial and error we have converged on the geometry that we are having produced and cut out of P20 Tooling Steel. This mold will be formed using Electric Discharge Machining techniques like the one explained in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_v1rm7a3-6s
We have been developing this case to be extremely high quality as the tolerances of the interference fits are critical to the performance of the case and we will be pressuring our contract manufacturer to achieve the highest level of precision possible to ensure that this assembly performs as designed. Because of some setbacks in the injection molding process, which requires a significant amount of time to produce tooling and ensure the tools can produce parts that are within the specifications that we assign to them, we do not expect to have parts to distribute to backers until the end of January at the earliest. We apologize for any inconvenience this may impart on our backers.
These setbacks are common in this process and they are an unfortunate reality of hardware production. We are doing everything we can to mitigate any more schedule slip and have even decided to bear the burden of paying for air freight for the 500lb steel tool to be shipped from the factory. This way we can begin production of our parts in the USA 4 weeks earlier than if they were shipped by boat.
We appreciate your patience and we thank you for your generous support, we cannot wait to deliver this product!
Garett and Justin