Video: Production Update
We are so excited to finally be able to deliver this update to you. We know it's been a long time coming, but we hope you'll find it worth the wait. Watch the production update video below where we have some really cool decisions to share with you.
As we told you in our previous update, we've been waiting for a batch of sample Thermodos to arrive. The reason why these samples are so important is because they serve as evaluation units for a range of new production methods we've been trying out. We've been keeping tight about the specifics because we didn't want you to get excited if the methods didn't work out. Now that the samples have finally arrived and we've seen the results for ourselves you can go ahead and get excited. Here's a short breakdown of the changes we introduced in the video.
Aluminum for Everyone!
The White, Black and Red Thermodos (passionately called the 'Regular Thermodos') where initially going to be made from a plastic injection molding. When we conceived the campaign it seemed like the most viable solution. Today we're pretty excited to share with you, that after months of work, we've set up an entirely new production method allowing us to make every Thermodo from metal. That's big news for all the regular Thermodo backers. Using aluminum for all Thermodos will simply raise the value of the entire product. Aluminum is more conductive and it's going to make every Thermodo both work and feel better.
The new regular Thermodos will have their base aluminum painted with automotive grade paint and then have the logo printed directly on to the unit. This means that the Black, White and Red Thermodos will form a completely sleek cylinder. We're still experimenting with colors, so treat these pictures as 'samples' not final products.
A Premium Product
The Premium Thermodos with their anodized aluminum surface will still look vastly different from the painted regular Thermodos. However, with the regular Thermodos getting some love, we felt that we could push the premium product even further. Machining fine detail is costly and takes a long time, but we've been experimenting with various methods to make the appearance of the Premium look even more stellar than we had initially planned.
We've landed on a production method called Electrode Erosion.
What that means is that before the final sandblasted finish is applied to the raw aluminum, the logo will be eroded into the surface! This allows us to have the Thermodo logo sunk into the actual surface of the housing and the Robocat logo extruding from the sensor. This looks unbelievably cool. The copper electrode tool used for the process only lasts a few hundred units before it needs to be replaced. It's a costly and advanced process, but the result is truly premium. Note the samples in these pictures haven't received their final surface treatment, the final product should be even sleeker.
And if that wasn't enough, we've also decided that the premium products should go into production first - that means if you're a premium backer you'll be among the first ones to get your Thermodo.
Arriving at these decisions and making the necessary changes haven't been easy, but we feel that they represent a solid direction for both the regular and premium Thermodos. We hope you're excited about these upgrades! After holding the new samples in our hands, we have no doubt that this is the way forward.
We are still working with our suppliers, ordering samples and making adjustments. We're pushing them to get both colors and surface treatment exactly right, and it's probably going to take a few more batches of samples before we're ready for the 0-series production.
We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments, and we'll keep you posted as we progress towards the next milestone. Thank you for your patience, we hope you feel these news where worth waiting for. ♥
- Team Thermodo