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A quick glance at the PCB factory and Shipping reminder.

A quick glance at the PCB factory and Shipping reminder.

Hey!!

I went to the PCB factory to see the manufacturing of our pre-production PCBs.

It's really exciting to see all these PCBs being made. I went through so many different prototypes that always had a new issue and now the PCBs have been validated and validated again. It's relaxing to see the mass production running with perfectly working PCBs.

PCB slick gimbal gopro stabilizer

 

As a reminder, we will start shipping at the end of this month, but slowly. We cannot produce 3,000 units at once and will start with 30-50 units, make sure that the production units are working exactly the same as the final golden sample and then move on to 500 units, 1000 units and up. This process will take around 6 weeks to scale up, starting end of July.

The first 30-50 Slick are expected to be received by our first backers early August, and the last one by the end of September.

We are a team of 10 peoples working day and night at the factory to make this happen, 4 engineers on the molds for plastic parts, 3 engineers on the PCBs, 2 managers for the operations and myself. 

Once again, thanks for all the love messages you share with me, it helps so much to keep up the motivation in this critical part of the project!

Best, TA.

 

We have started Pre-Production for PCBs!

We have started Pre-Production for PCBs!

Hey!

Your SLICK gimbal has started to give birth!

3 fresh news today about PCBs (Electronic) and motors.

Slick PCB gimbal GoPro stabilizer

1) Our factory built the programming boards to flash SLICK gimbal's software into our PCBs.

The top-left board is to flash the software of the two boards that are into the two top motors.
The top-right tool is to test the sensor board, just place it on this tool and the green light will blink if working correctly.
The biggest board is to flash the main software into the main board.
All these tools are a complementary layer of testing to make sure all PCBs are working and there is no soldering mistakes. All defective PCBs will be trashed.
2) We have started the PP for PCB which is the Pre-Production, This PP is 50 set of PCBs. I will go to the factory tomorrow to show you the manufacturing line. Very exciting!
3) Finally, we have started 1 week ago the PP for the motors, but only 2 over 3 motors. I still have a small issue with the "yaw" motor, which didn't have the right "stopper" on it. Which means that it could turn 60 degrees in one direction and 210 degrees in the other.
We aim to start PP for this last motor after tomorrow. I hope it won't cause a small delay.
All this is very exciting to see Slick stabilizer making babies! Let's catch up before the end of the week behind the scene of our PCB factory.
Best, TA.

How far will you support Slick with your spare battery?

How far will you support Slick with your spare battery?

Hi,

This blog post if for the ones who pre-ordered extra batteries.

I tried everything I could to find a solution to refund extra batteries, but our funds are now barely enough to ship all your SLICK which is my very first priority. And I didn’t want to compromise the quality of the product to save money! 

What does it mean:

I don’t want you to pay for something you won’t receive. So I want to refund you and I will refund you.

Thus, I need to raise additional private money to refund your batteries, which is very uncomfortable for me. It means that i’m giving away more and more of the company and lose control. It’s also extremely time consuming.

So, let’s do this:

-Almost all of you are directly sharing all the love with me by direct message, I propose that we wait together that SLICK makes revenue in our next batch of manufacturing before I refund your money for spare batteries. The first cents we make will go in your pocket for the battery refund.

-If you really don’t want to wait and support the project for a bit longer, I can refund you before shipping and I will have to raise the amount of money it represents from private investors.

 

WHAT TO DO NOW: Please do not send us hundreds of emails now since we are really focusing on shipping Slick. Please comment on the blog your feeling/thought. Send us an email only when you figure out that I'm financially able to refund (After the next batch or If I raise more money).

 

Make the choice you believe is the best for you and for Slick, thanks again for all the motivation you give me by sharing comments on the blog and private email, it helps Caitlin and I so much.