So this past weekend we took a 3-hour bus ride to Zhongshan to check out our prototypes getting made at Star Prototypes. Essentially, they start with a block of aluminum and shave off bit by bit to make our housings. By the time we got there, it looked like this:
It was exciting seeing our product become a little more tangible and definitely a worthwhile trip. Good thing we got there when we did though, because we found a discrepancy in the plastic they had used with the planned production material which required different design. I had to relay the designs of the plastic molding back to our designers so they could accommodate it for the new material.
The experience is a great example of the importance of physically being there with your manufacturer. Visiting the factory enabled us to get a feel for our product and spot mistakes before they could cause major delays. Unfortunately, the little mishap still caused a minor delay in our prototypes getting completed, but it could have been worse.
When we got back we had to present our 90-day demo day for Haxlr8r, which we made do without our prototype:
We received constructive feedback, and now we have entered our last stretch of two weeks in China before demo day in San Francisco on May 12. We’ll be getting our finished prototype later this week. It’s grind time!