Production Has Begun!
We’re back from visiting our manufacturer and we’re excited to let you know that production is finally underway. During the last few days at the factory we had a chance to film the production process and we’ve put together a short video for you to see.
Why tooling has taken this long
Once we visited the factory, we realized that most of our manufacturer’s staff who had worked on making the first Pocket Tripod (2013) were no longer with the company. So the new engineers and mold builders who were making the current molds were not familiar with the intricacies of the product and were making mistakes, which caused delays due to rework. Of course, the staff change wasn’t something that they informed us about before we gave them the project.
It took us over 5 weeks of working with the manufacturer to identify and resolve the issues. We also used this opportunity to train the new staff and ensure that they fully understand our requirements and standards.
The injection molding process itself also required troubleshooting and optimization. The parts are incredibly sensitive to injection parameters, as well as the material composition. So we experimented with an exhaustive range of materials and settings to make sure that we’re getting perfectly consistent results.
We’ve already begun producing the components and will begin assembly and packaging as soon as we have enough build-up of parts. Making the adapters is especially time consuming, since each part needs to go through a secondary process to mold the soft-touch TPU over it. So we don’t want to promise any exact dates at the moment, as we can’t know for sure until each phase is complete. But our best estimate is that we should be at the packaging and shipping phase in four weeks.
Changes to your details
In the meantime, we’ll be keeping BackerKit open until we start shipping. If you need to make changes to your shipping address, or size/color selection, please click the link below. For any other requests, please send us a private message or email our support team. (Support@Pocket-Tripod.com)
As always, thank you for your continued support. We’re excited to get the rewards shipped as soon as possible. We’ll be keeping you updated as we complete each milestone.
Your friends at Geometrical