First Samples Look Great!
Hello WineHive Supporters,
I visited the manufacturer yesterday to review the first mill samples. They came out great, have a look:
As intended, the parts are a little loose, but will be easily tightened. It's usually best to make interlocking aluminum parts loose at first, as it's easy to remove material from the tooling die to tighten the parts as needed. It's much more difficult to add material to the die to loosen them.
I love the shiny edges. Here's a quick video:
These samples are raw aluminum and are not anodized yet, but will have more of a matte/satin finish once they receive clear anodizing. I'm thinking of keeping the edges un-anodized however, to preserve this metallic shimmer. They'll be deburred of course to remove any sharp edges. I'll have anodized samples in a couple weeks to compare both versions and hear your feedback.
Here's Paul, VP of Manufacturing, checking the parts:
And here's me (or my hand), checking my packaging dimensions. I love when my math is correct:
Here's a shot of the factory. The guy in the white shirt is operating the press, which runs aluminum through a die profile. Just like how you made Play-Doh as a kid:
Here it is in action. Notice the long lengths of aluminum being ran:
Plenty of room to run serious amounts of aluminum:
And here's where they cut the parts to length:
More to come next week. I'll update everyone once I receive the next batch of tighter-fitting samples .