It's been a while since the last backer update, and between the hurricanes, packaging arrival, and production schedule, there is a lot to talk about. Let's get to it!
I have had a lot of communication from backers during this time and it has been much appreciated. Most of the communication has been about shipping updates and checking in on me to make sure my house didn't blow down during Hurricane Florence.
The Delay, Summarized
Let's talk about reward fulfillment. We are currently delayed. This is a frustrating time for both you and I. I do not have a definite shipping date at the moment because of two things- lenses and budget. Lenses are expensive, I have encountered issues with the lenses I have received, and the budget is limited. I need to continue the project carefully to insure that, although delayed, the project will be fulfilled.
Many backers may not be aware that the scheduled backer update for September was canceled because Hurricane Florence. From the 11th to 18th of September Florence was bearing down on my area hard. The city ordered a mandatory evacuation and I packed up my family AND the machines/supplies/inventory for NuBox and left. Fortunately, the hurricane took a hard turn at the last minute and spared my home from damage. However, it took the next couple of weeks to get everything set back up and the printers properly calibrated again.
Check out some images of the process:
The above represent the time it takes to calibrate a machine once it is moved. It takes a while to get it to print properly so that finishing look good. This process has to be done for all parts, or when a part has an issue. I'm constantly looking at the finished item and evaluating for any maintenance on the machine that needs to be done.
Shipping boxes arrived at the end of September in a six and eight inch sizes. I think they look great and will be perfect for shipping NuBox. NuBox is complex, and as we keep moving forward, I continue to look for new ways to improve the product.
One of the improvements made is in the production of ground glass viewfinders. Originally I was going to grind the ground glass from a very fine silica compound. This is a labor intensive process and requires cutting the small windows out of a letter sized piece of glass. Instead, I discovered that some microscope slide producers make frosted microscope slides that will work perfect for NuBox. The frosted area is just the right size for the viewfinder window and makes for a better viewing surface.
I hope that this update answers some of your questions. If not, just drop me an email and I'll be happy to chat with you. There is a lot going on with NuBox. The biggest take away I want you to get from this update is that although slow, the project is continuing forward.