Hi, everyone - a followup on the injection molding process today: Louis from ProtoEdge sent us samples in 3 different plastics; Polypropylene, ABS, and nylon. We got the final sample on Tuesday (the nylon one, which took a few days longer) and after thoroughly testing the samples, have decided upon ABS as a final material. The molding production run will start this week, and Louis has told us that we can expect the parts to ship to us by the end of next (the 6th) if all goes according to plan.
The rest of the kit has been coming together at Mathew's workplace in Portland, including boxes, etc. We're making final decisions on grating resolution, assembly instructions, and packaging, and should be ready to begin final packing and shipping after the molded parts arrive. That should ideally take only a week before our first kits are in the mail.
Thanks again for your patience, but the end seems to be in sight! The samples seem great and we're eager to finally be putting these in boxes and shipping them out.
New packaging design for foldable spectrometers
Another update -- we've re-launched the foldable spectrometers as well, recently, with a slight upgrade to the packaging which we think looks great. You'll be seeing these for sale on Edmund Scientifics, too, which is great news, and potentially soon at the Exploratorium in San Franscisco. But the best way to support the Public Lab nonprofit is to shop in our online store: http://store.publiclab.org