We’re excited about the progress we’ve been making on building Beep, and wanted to share an update. We're still a few months away from larger-scale production, but things are getting more and more real. Here's the latest:
Design for Manufacturing
The Beep units you see on our website were produced using low-volume techniques (CNC’ed parts with manual modifications). We’ve spent the past few months getting Beep’s design ready for manufacturing at scale, and have made some significant modifications.
First up, we added a metal skeleton to the inside of Beep, to add rigidity and to simplify the final assembly process. Because all parts hang off of this frame, Beep’s assembly time is reduced by 80%.
Second, we spent a bunch of time working on the mechanical structure of the dial, to get to something that feels stable and precise when you're dialing in the volume. To test our designs, we CNC'ed and 3D-printed quite a few parts. We hope you'll like the final structure.
Injection Molding Tools
We’ve engaged a manufacturing partner to build the mechanical components of Beep, including both die-cast metal and injection-molded polycarbonate parts. The first few alpha Beep units will be see-through rather than metallic, which we think will look pretty cool in its own right.
We’re excited that we’ll be assembling early runs of units right here in San Francisco. That will keep our design team (which is all of us) close to the production process, and allow us to ship units sooner, as well.