Hello Beautiful People of The Jollylook Community!
Thank you for backing Jollylook!
Forgive us for the long silence, we worked hard all this time and now we will tell you about everything...
Finally, after agreeing and clarifying the features of each stage of production, a complete verification kit of the parts for the development mechanism of Jollylook was made, but unfortunately with a delay of two weeks!
All the other parts where also manufactured or the suppliers have been selected. Each supplier and manufacturer demanded separate attention, clarifying the specifications of the technical details, changings of drawings, taking into account their specificity.
In the photo below, are all the elements of Jollylook except those that are made of cardboard.
We were also impressed, we thought they will be less )))
We joked that the unfolding of Jollylook takes a little less time than the assembly. Alas, the first assembly of the development mechanism took much more time, a full working day!
Some plastic parts had errors in their sizes, the power springs had small deviations of mechanical characteristics and one of the springs of the mechanism had the wrong length. In order to save time, it was decided not to contact the manufacturers of mock-ups for corrections, and Oleg, like a real CTO, armed with a small engraving machine, which was urgently bought for around 60 Yuans, fixed everything on his own)))
By the evening the development mechanism was assembled and tested, it worked perfectly and regularly.
During the tests it became clear that the rough surface of the development rollers is not sufficiently coarse, and the plastic protective cover of the Instax cartridge can sometimes be removed with slippage, of course we re-specified the surface requirements and we will order new samples of the rollers.
You can see in the photo and gif above that the body of the developing mechanism is made of transparent plastic, this makes it easier to control when checking, of course later all the parts will be black and not transparent.
Although we are satisfied with the results that we got, we will still have to double-check, correct the mistakes (ours or manufacturers), then order the models of plastic parts and parts that have had deviations repeatedly, repeat the assembly, make sure everything is OK, and only then we can order the molds that will take a month to be produced! That means that the estimated delivery time is now further than we expected, forgive us - we try to do everything perfectly. To be realistic, it now looks like the delivery of Jollylook will begin in September. We sincerely apologise for the huge delay, but we can't compromise on quality! We are working hard to deliver you a great camera, that we can be proud of.
1. The assmebly of the finalized developing mechanism made by the factory worker took only fifteen minutes, and was easy for the person who did it for the first time - the result is simply excellent!
2. The lens manufacturer sent us serial samples, we are impressed with the quality and accuracy in timing.
3. The manufacturer of the cardboard parts of Jollylook had a lot of questions. Unexpectedly, there were difficulties in the selection of materials (the first models we assembeled together were from the cardboard that we brought with us from Ukraine, the cardboard density for the shutter unit was different from the available here, the material texture for the bellows and the body was also different. Then with an impressive speed, new sets of cardboard parts were made and eventually the smiling girl built several shutter blocks and only the first one with Oleg's help! And yes they worked perfectly!
4. We worked together on folding the bellows and decided that to simplify its gluing to the body and the shutter block, we needed to change the design, and the next morning we received an updated drawing from our designer Yuri from Ukraine!
5.The body of Jollylook that Oleg was so proud of, because it was assembled from one piece of cardboard, turned to be not so good for mass production, and we discussed the best from the manufacturer's point of view, we now have a preliminary layout. In general, we are pleasantly impressed with the result of the cardboard work: diligent workers, technologists who quickly offered solutions, and the director of the factory who was always near and assembled the body together with us, all this makes us confident that we will do everything perfectly.
We would like to thank you All once again for making Jollylook a reality!
We sincerely apologize, mass production is taking more time than expected, and it now looks like the delivery of Jollylook will begin in September, but in the end you will recieve a great camera!
Untill next time,
The Jollylook Team.