We are on track to start tooling in November!
Here are the major actions we’ve taken this month:
1. Source our own parts in parallel to our factory.
A big part of what we did at Haxlr8r was to identify sources for our custom parts (motor, heater, touch screen) and display. We had samples made from these factories, and they worked well in our early tests. However, in longer tests we found that the motor was producing a lot of heat and sucking down more power than expected. We’ve been looking for a more efficient motor, and have found three companies that we are working with in parallel to get some custom samples.
Our other parts are working out well, but now that we need more parts for a larger prototype run we can’t trust that the same suppliers will come through on time. We’ve found some alternate sources for those parts and we’re just waiting on the samples to test. Having alternatives in place will also allow us to be flexible if there are problems with a critical part.
We finally have some sources that are preferred vendors of our factory. Because these sources have worked with our factory before, the factory has vetted their mass-produced quality and will have more leverage on getting things done on time. All of these sources are excited to work with us, so although they got a late start we expect to be testing their samples next week.
2. Make and test our own manufacturing prototypes in parallel to our factory.
Manufacturing prototypes must be made before tooling, even if we’ve made endless prototypes before. The purpose is so that each tool is perfect since they are extremely expensive to “open” (manufacturing terminology for making tools). Our factory must make a set of their own to intimately familiarize themselves with our EE (electrical engineering) and ME (mechanical engineering). We’ve worked to make prototypes ahead of their timeline so that we could troubleshoot issues ahead of time and move production along faster. This action also gives us more control over quality.
3. Securing executive attention from our factory for the Nomiku project.
It’s very unusual in to get the attention of the CEO, CMO, CFO of a factory at this early stage in manufacturing. But for us it was extremely necessary in order to make our product more of a priority so we can get the Nomiku to you faster. Everybody’s challenge when manufacturing is pushback from the factory in turnaround time and organizing their internal communication. We’ve connected with the CEO and have gained his support. We’ve also organized a sous vide meal to teach the leaders of the factory exactly why this is an innovation they should invest time and energy in.
4. Finish up our cookbook/user manual and packaging:
This is a picture from our bacon wrapped maple pork loin recipe. It’s a tutorial on how to make a basketweave pattern from bacon! All that’s left to do is take pictures of our food. Our good friend Jessica Entzel, the executive pastry chef at Morimoto Napa, has graciously offered to help out with cooking and styling the food for the photos.
Thank you for your patience and support!
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Committed to you,
Lisa, Abe, and Bam