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Lexip mice, when, how and why, gaz injection molds and a new team member!
Posted by Hugo Loi (Creator)
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Hello everyone !
Some news here about the Lexip Mouse, we mentioned in the last updates some issues we’ve been having with our factory, more specifically with the molds, it’s all figured out now but we’re experiencing a delay in the production.
This delay is mainly caused by the multiple back and forth between our own engineers/designers and those of the factory; the mouse required some modifications regarding the plastics inside, both to facilitate the production and to minimize the errors with the assembly but there was just no place inside for the elements the way they wanted it. This back and forth took us more than expected before we could figure it out.
We are now manufacturing our plastics by gaz injection, basically if you inject your product without enough pressure the plastic shrinks while not filling entirely the space, and potentially takes up more space after cooling down. With the gaz injection we have more pressure which equals to more plastic into the space with no room to shrink, we then have a perfect shape and can place our elements where we want.
The design of gas injection molds takes a lot longer than normal, hence the delay we have. We gave a lot of time to the engineers so they could solve this and tell us about this delay, we received the detailed info just now.
Concretely, it will take us 45 days from now (20th of July) to finish entirely the molds using this method. Then we will need 20 days so the factory can ship us the injected pieces, we will control them like watchmakers to make sure of the quality. When everyone agrees, the factory begins to assemble and passes it’s own quality control. Finally we will go there directly by plane with our team of engineers and for a whole week :
> In the morning : we’ll test between 50 and 100 units one by one and we note everything wrong with it
> We'll give our feedback to the production chain
> We'll monitor them while they make the next series in the afternoon
> The next morning we test the mice manufactured the day before and so on till everything is perfect.
If we look at it and with a small margin it brings us to early September for the first mice to be shipped, we’re truly sorry about this delay, costs for gaz injection molds are really high so we need to do it carefully. We prefer to be safe than sorry and we know many people will be frustrated by this decision but we prefer to see you frustrated than furious when receiving a mouse of poor quality. We didn’t want to fall in the common « delayed kickstarter project » section but I guess that’s what it takes when you conceive a complex/innovative product that is still in the R&D phase!
On another note, we just added another member here in Lexip, Arthur who will help the existing development team for Windows and Mac support, welcome Arthur!
We know you were expecting the mouse in the following weeks but we hope you understand that it’s difficult to put an exact date on a - never done before - product, I assure you that all we do is working really hard to send you the mouse you always wanted with nothing else to say than « wow ».
Thank you everyone, and of course don’t hesitate to message me if you have any question!
-The Lexip Team-