Manufacturing and Shipping Update #10

Hey Everyone,

I talked with the manufacturer and they want me to finalize which wheel to go with either the 75A (batch 3, sample A) or the 82A (batch 4, sample B) design, but not both. They also are getting a little tired of all the iteration changes (they just wanna start making money), so the next batch is going to be 200 sets. I hope the 200 sets are the final design bc if they aren’t… well, that is just the cost of doing business, but I have it budgeted.

Currently, I don’t have many wheels (of the best production versions Batch 3, Sample A and Batch 4, Sample B) because each iteration we just made a very small amount of wheels to test. So I have to control the wheels and collect as much data on my instrumentation system *test rig) as possible. 

For a recap, here is update #9: https://momentum-boards.com/blogs/news/hollow-wheel-manufacturing-and-shipping-update-9

Timeline:

As the manufacturer wants me to pick one design to do the mass 200 sets order, I have to first finish up the testing on the two candidates:

As outlined in the update #9: Batch 3, Sample A:

  • Still conducting test rig pothole, radial load, and corning testing. Pothole testing to be completed by Saturday (3/6/21) with testing machine

  • Corner testing to be completed by 3/12/21 with testing machine

As outlined in the update #9: Batch 4, Sample B:

  • Still conducting test rig pothole, radial load, and corning testing. Pothole testing to be completed by Saturday (3/6/21) with testing machine
  • Corner testing to be completed by 3/14/21 with testing machine

I asked the manufacturer on the exact timeline of when I say to produce the next batch, how long it would take and waiting for them to get back, but I'll send a small note to you all.

I'll be testing many of the sets to get wide scale durability testing numbers in and also to make sure that the manufacturer can uphold quality.

Basically, the only risks aside from the structure of the wheel is if the manufacturer can produce these reliably, which is what this big batch of 200 wheels is about. If those are good, then I’ll be shipping the extras that I have, then order another batch to ship out. I want to say less than 1 month and definitely less than 2 months. It’s frustrating for me not to be able to give an exact date and I am sorry for that.

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