It’s been a couple of days since the end of our Kickstarter, but there’s no time to celebrate. We have a pretty long to-do list to get through.
Stuff we’re working on now:
-Ordering parts from China:
There’s no denying the fact that there are huge savings in buying in bulk overseas. We are currently in the process of working with Jeremy from Inksmith (http://inksmith.co), a local 3D printing company, to put in a join order for parts. These parts can take 6 to 8 weeks to be delivered, so it’s our first priority to have the order put in place.
As Sienci Labs grows, keeping track of finances and taxes will become more and more important. We are meeting with accountants and talking with mentors to figure out our financial plans for the future.
-Open Source Documentation:
There are a few small design changes we are going to be making from the request of our beta test users. Some of these changes include a closed electronics box and a stronger angle brackets. You can find some STL files on Thingiverse now (http://www.thingiverse.com/SienciLabs/designs) but things may change! More documentation will continue to come out. Bill of Materials here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/15G8NwAsjUysOSlhiqnWZDX9TDvD0P3QPFUiqYyDQw4E/edit?usp=sharing
We’re finalizing numbers and some logistics with local manufacturers, and will begin contracting manufacturing once the money comes in from Kickstarter (it takes 2 weeks). We’ve been fortunate to have friends who have suggested some great shops around the area that they’ve been working at their own jobs. Thankfully the lead times for our parts are fairly short (1 to 2 weeks) so we are hoping we will not have bottlenecks there!