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AND....WE HAVE STARTED SHIPPING!

AND....WE HAVE STARTED SHIPPING!

OH MY F**CKING GOD!

4h sleep a night this past week and here I am : Packaging the first 100 Slick and prepare them for shipment before the Chinese 1 week holiday.

Emotion is here, 3am sitting down alone in the factory making sure that every details are perfect before THE big day. I'm also getting a little bit crazy due to lack of sleep :)

And here we are, carefully packing the first Slick

We have to ship to 75 countries, the logistic is extremely complicated and the cost very high ($80,000+ for all shipments). To help you pay the smallest shipping cost, first, we cut some of the cost from our own margins and second we need to ship all the Slick with a little bit of strategy. 

That's why US orders will be shipped using air freight and then dispatched in the country. That's my priority for the next shipment!

Also, for this first batch of 100 units, only customers without the hard case are shipped to first, test our shipping partner and also make the logistic easier on this first lot. 

If you are among the first backers and have ordered a hard case, you will be in the next shipment who is coming very soon, right after this first wave.

 

This week is Chinese holiday. I tried to negotiate with the factory to stay working there with some workers, but it's a clear NO. The whole country is shut down. I went back to California to take a short "Chinese break" where I'm taking care of the first shipment and also defining a clear strategy on how to accelerate on the next shipments.

I'll be back at the factory next week to prepare the next shipment :)

These past 2 weeks were by far the funniest in my China trip. Lot of fun and good mood at the factory. Everyone enjoyed working on the project. 

Why? Because I'm now extremely proud of all the details. I'm so proud of the final product i'm shipping to you. 

This is just the beginning, beginning of a new step in this project. 

We can say that we just joined the small group of the Indiegogo campaigns who had the ambition to design, prototype, manufacture at big scale an extremely complicated product AND SHIP IT. 

My dream is still not realized, it will be when everyone of you will have received SLICK and I will randomly meet you on a ski resort this winter having the best holiday of your life capturing the moments you will be proud to share with your friends.

 

 

Assembly of the first batch has started

Assembly of the first batch has started

Hi !

These past two weeks were a massive run.

Preparing everything for assembly and starting it.

We should have started assembly on Sept 6th. It happened that I noticed a small bearing issue on some motors around Sept 4th. I decided to send them all back to review and fix those affected. 

Our motor factory took the issue very seriously and has been working continuously to ship back the motors. We have started to receive back some motors yesterday.

During this time we finalized all the preparation for assembly.

This afternoon we are setting up the assembly line to start assembling Slick tomorrow morning.

This basically affected the schedule by 6 days.

We have completed the mass production of the hard case and they are ready to ship. That's something I don't need to handle anymore. Fiouf !

 

This first run of assembly is 300 units, but will be continuously. We have now the priority on our assembly line of 20 to 30 people which is dedicated to SLICK full time until every gimbal are shipped. 

During these 2 weeks, 8 action sport friends have tested Slick intensively and I took this opportunity to fine tune the software. Especially for all the different GoPro in different sport conditions. I'm happy with the results :)

This is just a short update to tell you that I cannot be more dedicated that what i'm doing right now. I've to admit I feel really weak and have a hard time to think, solve the issues efficiently as I used to do. Nevertheless, my ambition for this project take over it all and I push my limit to the extreme. If you have any question, reach out to Caitlin on our support email. She is putting a lot a effort to assist all of you very efficiently. I want to be really close to all of you and solve all your request in the shortest time!

Once again, you are more and more to send me lovely emails and you cannot believe how grateful I am to have you in my team!

Shipping update

Shipping update

Hi!

A quick update to go through the mass production stage.

We have run a Pre-production process of 50 units mid-August to understand what will be the issues during the mass production process.

Here are the issues that happened:

-The workers inverted 2 wires in the assembly process and burnt 23 Slick out of 50 (Guess how happy I was, wonderful, right?)

-The printing on the buttons was not centered. Since these buttons are made in Silicon, they had a hard time to optimize the quality process and get the printing centered each time.

-The workers scratched the units during the assembly. With their screwdriver during the screwing process.

Everything else was perfect. So I'm pretty happy, even if it's frustrating.

I've fixed these 3 issues so far!!!

 

What did I decide to do?

-I've sent 5 units to EU distributors. They have small scratches, buttons printing not centered. But they work perfect. They don't have the Timelapse feature, that i've implemented just now for the mass production units.

-I've sent 8 units in express to action sport Friends who do different sports. I told them to review the product and give me express feedbacks, only about the software that I can update instantly before starting the mass production next week. They will also test the timelapse feature that i've already heavily tested.

What's next ?

We are now preparing Mass production at the factory in order to start assembly, September 6th. We are preparing a 500 units batch. We expect to finish the 500 units by September 12th. Then ship these units to the first 500 backers (Except US backers, they will be shipped next batch since I will send an Air freight to US, we have 600 customers there).

What am I doing this week before starting Mass production?

-Running the plastic injection of the 500 Slick and setting up the rules for QC (Quality control) to make sure no units get scratches on it.

-Running the SMT (assembling components on the PCB)

Everything else is ready, the motors, batteries etc.

-I'm also building a tool to perform a better calibration process of the sensor during the mass production. As of now it was done by hand, but when repeated 3,000 times for a worker it get really tough. And more than that, this tool let us calibrate the gimbal over 6 axes instead of 1 axis (Our competitors do 1 axis only, that's what cause horizon drift)

 

I start to feel less stressed, the process get smoother and smoother. I'm like a child trying the gimbal as much as I can. It works so great, i'm so happy. 

That's the most rewarding gift I had so far. The next most rewarding gift is to hear from you and realize how much you are having fun with SLICK.

Sending you love from my dirty factory, meanwhile the plastic is heating to get injected <3