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Update #12

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 .

Thanks,

John

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      Creator Brett Swift on May 30, 2012

      Hey John,

      One thought as a possible enhancement on future models: Maybe add some kind of rubber footing - either detachable or melted onto a couple of sheets in each pack, to make customers more comfortable putting it onto granite or glass surfaces.

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      Creator Oscar Riba on May 10, 2012

      I LOVE the bling corners :)

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      Creator John Paulick on May 10, 2012

      Thanks for the comments everyone, and I'm glad you're all excited as I am. Elton, to answer your questions, yes the edges will be deburred (sanded) to prevent sharp edges. I've found the large 48-part rack, that I formed with prototypes yesterday, sits atop various surfaces without scratching. I don't think there will be an issue, provided the rack is set down carefully on the surface. Thanks.

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      Creator Elton Carolus on May 10, 2012

      "- The edges will sanded down so it won't cut skin, right? "
      OK, just saw you mentioning it...

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      Creator Elton Carolus on May 10, 2012

      Awesome pics, I'm glad I backed.
      - The edges will sanded down so it won't cut skin, right?
      - How will you approach the problem of parts touching and most likely scraping wood or paint or whatever Winehive might find itself on?

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      Creator Chris Bearcroft on May 10, 2012

      Amazing work John, I can't wait to receive the Hive!

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      Creator echomatic on May 10, 2012

      Looking like its all coming together very nicely! Must feel great :)

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      Creator Tuco Valenzuela on May 10, 2012

      Fantastic, can't wait to get mine!

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      Creator Karen Johnson Rossin on May 10, 2012

      Nice John, Really looks sharp and I love your great updates. Thanks for the manufacturing pics - really informative. Can't wait to get my WineHive

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      Creator JM on May 10, 2012

      Wow so glad I backed this, it looks great, I can't wait to get mine. I think I like the idea of leaving the edges shiny. These updates are great. I was hoping we would get some video of the extrusion process at some point too.

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      Creator Samip Patel on May 10, 2012

      Great updates...can't wait to see this shipped

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      Creator Jaykthnx on May 10, 2012

      Dem edges are pretty hot. I'd say the best approach would be to use a simple gloss clear coat on the edges just to seal them from corrosion. regardless, looking great.

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      Creator Adam Selby on May 10, 2012

      Awesome! This is the kind of update that all Kickstarter projects need to have, it's exactly what I love to see. I think keeping the edges shiny is a great idea. It's exciting that the process if moving along so smoothly and quickly, unlike some other Kickstarter projects. Well done John!

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