Originally Posted by nb14
Im kind of glad SLE recycled the old defected ones rather than selling them off cheap to people.
The Compact Splash is the top of the line ITX case. Having defected ones in the wild would take away from the premium badge it has at the moment as a case.
Hope you managed to recuperate a bit of money for the scrap metal Kyle.
Can't wait to get my hands on mine, not long now
I feel the same way. We can't have any subpar cases floating around out there... speaking of which if you're an owner of case 1-20 and I owe you something that was damaged in transit, I'm working on it! Any metal parts are batched in with new cases for powdercoating as we speak. About the same time I have shipping updates for those folks I'll contact you with status on your replacement parts.
Originally Posted by Lutfij
^ That just gave me an idea for a badge...a case badge
It took me a little while to put together but here’s the first production recap while we wait for all the cases to come back from powdercoating. Enjoy!
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From Idea to Quote
As most of y’all know, I started shopping production vendors with a finished 3D file and prototype in hand (there’s actually a lot more to it, but you’ll have to read the whole thread for that ).
As I started talking to local vendors, I quickly realized that each shop uses completely different machinery and techniques to complete their work. And each shop’s capabilities vary a whole lot. Some can do only laser cutting, some can’t source material (meaning I have to buy it and get it delivered, at a higher price since we’re talking only 1 ton of metal), etc. Just finding a shop that can do the work for any price was a challenge in itself.
Once I narrowed all the possible shops to who could actually do what I needed, I ended up with two possibilities.
The first shop was gorgeous, and the quality of their work seemed to be top notch. They’re small in comparison to the second shop, but that’s not necessarily an issue since our production numbers are low. Low overhead = low cost, right? The problem with Shop 1 is their lack of technical knowledge. When I got their quote, it was cheaper than Shop 2, but they didn’t break it down to each process or part. When I asked them to itemize it, or at least give me an idea of what materials would be used and how much some of the major portions cost (like powdercoating), they couldn’t give me an answer & gave me platitudes like “oh we’re great it’ll be no problem!” I got the distinct impression that they were trying to hook me with a cheap bid, without actually understanding the total scope of work they were committing too. Sounds like a recipe for delays & cost overruns to me (or at the very least them potentially being in over their head with the job).
Contrast that to Shop 2, who during our first meeting (before even getting a quote), brought four technical experts into the room for an hour to talk to me about various aspects of the project. While looking at the prototype...
- Product engineer – “Are you sure you want to use hot-rolled steel? Cold-rolled or EG would only be a few cents more per unit.”
- Account director – “Are you OK with us suggesting changes to simplify the parts? We can probably reduce the part count to bring costs down and improve the structure.”
- 3D engineer – “Do you have fasteners and hardware that will be used in the enclosure that we can borrow to take measurements of and make sure the 3D model is correct?”
So basically before even getting a quote I was sold. I know they know what they’re doing, and they have the resources to do the job right. Plus their technical knowledge with materials and 3D CAD can fill in where my knowledge is lacking. And they were happy to make changes (like omitting air filters, which we ultimately decided to do) to control costs and make the end product better. Score! So in the end, their costs were higher than my other bids, but they’ve done an amazing job so far, totally blowing away my expectations for quality and turnaround time.
It’s a little short, but that’s it for today. Next up I’ll go over how the shop converted 3D files into mechanical drawings and what types of work & machinery were used on ‘Splash.