We have officially shipped out batch #2 SPUDs! This update will give a quick overview of the progress we’ve made over the last few weeks and our expectations moving forward.
While our lens supplier continues to be the main production bottleneck (by not producing the lens assemblies we need fast enough), this batch required significantly more manual labor to assemble the SPUDs, specifically for the projector/lens matching and calibration process. SPUD’s tight design requirements mean that not every lens produced will pair well with every projector, so some trial and error is required to optimize each pairing. For this batch, George, Leonard, and Alex were forced to spend far too much time correcting many of the already-built SPUD assemblies! Clearly this is a very different kind of product with unique assembly challenges. We’re hoping to see some major labor improvements for the next batch as we increase the focus on training.
Given the longer-than-expected assembly time, we decided to ship out batch #2 as soon as we reached 200 SPUD units assembled, and then to immediately continue assembling for batch #3 (which is now already in work). Ideally we will be able to consistently ship out SPUD batches as we continue pushing through assembly.
Our focus continues to be on increasing production speed and/or quantity, so we’re working on ways to increase the final assembly throughput, including sending our new manufacturing engineer / consultant up to speed and working at the lens factory every day! Our upcoming batches still very much depend on how consistently that lens supplier can produce high quality lens assemblies, and we are doing everything we can to keep them on track.
Bottom line: Moving forward we plan to ship out the remaining SPUDs as fast as we can build them!
As always, we will continue to post updates as we have new information about batch #3 and beyond. Thank you all for making SPUD possible!
- Justin, George, Leonard, Alex