Moving ahead, progress in China, etc...
Hey everyone -
I've been out of town for the last month so haven't been able to send out an update... so here it is quick and simple:
Found a great shop in China called Sino Sales that will be manufacturing the entire sculpture, instead of going to all the separate shops and then having to put them all together. This simplifies things a bunch from my side. I've been working with them on making a full prototype and then making final changes before sending them out.
The main issue right now is the motor: trying to find one that is essentially silent, runs for years, is easy to replace (stock, not from surplus etc) and doesn't cost $30. AC timing motors do the job so we're trying to find the best match, but are going to spend another 1-2 weeks trying to really line that up before going into the production model.
Here's a video of Randy, the head of Sino Sales, giving a walk through of an earlier prototype of the piece. You'll notice some differences etc but this is just to give you a feel for the process I'm going through with them right now. It's a back and forth until we're all happy with the production process and finished quality. I'm learning a lot about it myself...
Hoping you are all well and I'll update soon when this goes into final production!