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December 23rd, 2016 - Sheet metal & gears are in, so is packaging! [ARCHIVE]

Good news everyone!

Sheet metal and gears arrived on Wednesday / Thursday morning, so we now have everything we need to assemble and ship our first run units - and the rest of the campaign won't be far behind. We also got in our foam packaging for the Indiegogo campaign...we're going to need more storage space. Like the other update earlier in the week, this one is mostly a photo dump - but we do have a few other quick things to say:

1. We made it to the Top 10 of the Extreme Tech Challenge and will be presenting live at CES this year...AWESOME!!! It is an incredible honour to be selected as one of the top ten new tech startups, for the largest startup competition in the world, out of over 1000 entries...And we couldn't have done it without all of you. So, from the very bottom of our hearts...THANK YOU!!!

2. A very merry Christmas / happy Hanukkah / happy Kwanzaa / happy holidays for all of our customers and supporters around the world! We won't be getting much of a break with all of these units to assemble, but we hope you enjoy yours after a tough 2016 :)

3. Between a few days off and assembly, we'll likely be harder to reach than normal over the next week or so. Please be patient with us and we'll get back to you as soon as we can!

And now, what we've been waiting for...


The packing list for our sheet metal - we've got quite a few parts in quite a few boxes!

Box 9 - the puller, spreader, and filament guide brackets. 

Box 8 - all of the user interface panels, and a few of the grinder brackets!

Box 2 - The enclosure top and lid, and sensor brackets, are all hidden beneath the 4 chassis brackets!

The bottom enclosures in box 3 - a few need to be powder coated black, but they're already looking beautiful!

Onto the gears...these massive gears are mated to the grinder shaft. They are, in a word, beefy.

These gears are part of the interlock system that both torque limits the grinder, and keeps it safe.

Last but not least, these gears transmit the power from our BaneBots gearbox to the main grinder gears above. There's two per grinder, so the load is always balanced!

We also got all of our foam packaging in...there's another 4 bags worth stored around the shop. It's not very heavy, but it sure takes up a lot of space!

Unrelated to the rest, but still beautiful - our nozzles and nozzle mounts. We initially had aluminium nozzles that threaded directly into our hot section, but durability testing showed that the threads could be damaged after repeated nozzle changes. So, we switched them both to brass - still great thermal conductivity, but now far more durable!

Well, that's all of our photos for now. As always, let us know if there's anything you want to see and we're happy to post about t. Otherwise, have a very happy holidays, and thank you for everything!

-The ReDeTec team