I am sorry for the delay in my posts. It has been a really hectic few weeks. This project has really started to expand now that I am getting my first few orders. As of my last post I had sold two orders. Which was barely enough to order another batch of resin. But it was the beginning of good things. Since those two orders, I have sold 6 more orders. For comparison, my first two orders totaled 180 links of track. These 6 orders combine to almost 900 links of track. WOW. Keep in mind that when I filled the first two orders I used my single mold which could make 5 parts per hour. That equates to 36 hours of work.
However, this was something I planned for. Before I started selling my track system I made sure to think about scaling up and what I would do as the orders increases. I started working with a small machine shop to machine more molds. They finished up the first mold and sent it to me for inspection. It was close, but the pins did not fit quite right. So I sent it back to them and they reworked it. I then placed a second order for another mold. So hopefully this weekend I will triple my production and be able to make 15 parts per hour.
One of my customers also requested a narrower track. So I am working on a 1.5" wide track system to compliment my current 3" wide track. A lot has been going on and hopefully I will be able to post some more content soon. Here is a sneak peak at some upcoming topics.
- Lessons from manufacturing. What I learned as I tried to ramp up production
- Additional 3" molds and new 1.5" molds.
- Upgrading my heater controller to support 3 molds at a time, plus a timer and display.
- New smaller vacuum chamber
- Pressurized injection
- prolonging resin life with refrigerant.
- Custom Robots
Thanks for following along, and as always leave me some feedback. I love to hear from you guys. A post is too boring without some photos. Here is some CAD work I am doing for a custom robot platform.