3rd February 2023, News
Production Update – January 2023
The New Year has started just as busy as 2022 ended, with testing of pre-production prototypes well underway.
Over the last few weeks we have received the first batch of aerosensor and aerobody circuit boards for final testing and pre-fitting to 3d printed bodies. This has highlighted a few minor issues which we will correct for the production design, but fundamentally we have shown the designs to work well, meaning we can now order production quantities of components to ensure we have enough stock for the foreseeable future. Below are a couple of photos of the latest aerobody prototype, firstly side by side with our older demo design, and secondly showing the circuitboard which shows well the amount of work we have undertaken to minimise the size. Note that in these images the silicone keypad is missing.
As the boards require some minor design changes and the lead time for these circuit boards is around 6-8 weeks, we should receive production quantities in late March to early April. This makes April shipping extremely tight, and we are sorry to say that shipping is now likely to be delayed until May. Rest assured that we are working flat out to deliver your aerosensor products as soon as possible but are unwilling to compromise on quality by rushing the process. Of course, the responsibility for delays ultimately rests with us, and we are sorry for asking you to wait a little longer.
In our November update we said we were looking at 3D printing our product bodies as we believe that using a process called Vapor Smoothing we were able to achieve high quality results. However we have not been happy with the test parts we made – we are committed to delivering a high quality product. The decision has therefore been made to return to injection moulding for the product cases. The only use of 3D printing will be in the aerosensor stay – owing to the part complexity it is not suitable for injection moulding in its current design.
Virtually all production from injection mould tools to assembly of the final product is going to be carried out locally, allowing us to keep a close eye on progress, and swiftly resolve any problems which will inevitably come our way. It has taken a long time to get to this point, but having finalised our supply chains we are proud to say our products are designed and produce in the UK.
Aside from production, we have also been busy with a number of cycling tests to improve and streamline our data reduction processes, including user-friendly analytics for aerosensor data. With our products we expect you to be your own aerodynamicist by giving you the tools to make you faster, regardless of your technical background. This is the last piece in the puzzle, and we expect to make more announcements on this before products start shipping. Watch this space!
If you missed out on our Indiegogo campaign last year, we will be taking pre-orders soon on our website. Keep an eye on our socials and register interest on our website for the latest updates and to make sure you’re on the list to get your hands on aerosensor, aerobody and aerodrome.
We will be in contact again with an update on shipping timing once we have finalised the latest production timeline.