In the spirit of CKIE and being transparent as possible, we will be showing little snippets of the manufacturing process. I shot this tonight and did a really quick edit to show how we are making the front of the Duet that mounts the two motors. We are fortunate to have a small shop here that is great for making prototypes, and with all the early traction on CKIE, decided to try to get ahead of things and start making one of the parts we feel pretty good about.
As Alvin (one of our super stellar interns) notes in the video below, these take 15 minutes per part, so we are going to be doing a lot of late night machining to get the CKIE orders filled. There are a number of other metal parts in the Duet, and the plan is to have them all tooled up in a process called Die Casting, which is basically shooting molten metal into a die. It allows for very very precise parts and much higher volume production then machining would.
Both the machine and die cast parts will be of equal quality, but the first CKIE backers are going to get a really special limited edition item with several of the parts machined machined under our roof.
One of the wonderful outcomes of all the CKIE support, is we are going to be able to invest in higher end tooling that will both help the Duet be as good as it can be, and also enable us to product it in some real volume.
See below or click the "read more" link to watch the video.