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Project RDOne : Prototype level case & Brief overview of project

Most people, the well-wishers we have, have always asked about what we make, and how big it would be ! People also ask how much did it cost, how much will it cost and so on !

  • We don’t have much answers about the pricing as of now, we expect it to be placed at a maximum of Rs. 1000 / piece.
  • It is expected to fit into 40 mm x 40 mm x 30 mm cuboid without the cables, which will be permanently attached to the device.
  • The device would come only in black matte finish colour.
  • The complete case would be 3D printed for the initial lot or until the next version.
  • Initial 100 pieces of the production will be sold at a discounted rate, and upon the feedback received, updated and put into production at the normal pricing. The initial pieces is expected come with extended replacement warranty compared to the standard warranty provided and in case of major issues, replaced completely.

The finalized update regarding these will only be available by March 2019. The indicative image of the product is given below

Stay tuned for the updates ! And thank you for the support πŸ™‚

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RDOne: Prototyping update !

We have our RDOne Electronics hardware prototyping almost in its final stage. We had earlier gone for white case colour in our 3D Print designs. We have changed that to Black and will mostly be matte finish.

We have, in this updated case design, accommodated indication on skin display indication. We have also rectified the design changes, and improved the placement with legs for the case. This design will be almost ready for production, and we hope it will be πŸ™‚

Our version 5 of case design before being processed. Image taken just after being 3D Printed.

Stay tuned for more updates. We will, hopefully, be getting back with the prototype in a week or two !

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Updated timeline RDOne

Project RDOne, our electronics based initial project, had an expected launch date of Dec 24, when seen from October. Though initially, the project had met its milestones on time, due to the unexpected delays from the assembly house, we were unable to release it on time.

The current status of the project is that we are expecting the prototype to be working by Jan end. The PCBs are already available to be assembled, and we are just waiting for the boards to be assembled.

Stay tuned for the updates ! Thank you for the support extended πŸ™‚

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Project RDOne: 3D Prints

When building an electronic product that is to be directly marketed to the customer, it mostly has to come with a case or a cover. When it comes to building that, the cost becomes a major concern, especially for a start up. The big companies often has cash in their hand to start producing at bigger scales, which lowers the cost per piece as well as gives them better profit margins.

As a startup firm, with very small amount of cash in hand, we were not able to invest a lot in molding methods, as we were not sure about the customer reception of our product. We obviously wanted to eliminate risks involved or bring it down to a very low level.

We tried the new technology of 3D Printing. To begin with, we had no idea on how good it would be. The above image is our version 2 of 3D Prints with ABS Plastic. We chose ABS over PLA due to its thermal stability at higher temperatures.

Why did we choose to use 3D Printing ?

We chose 3D printing due to its lower initial investment. We compared the price point of cost per piece of 3D printed and molded plastic cases. We found that, for a startup which expects to slowly ramp up the production, and is quite unsure of the production volume, a 3D Printed case would be good.

Where did we get it printed ?

We browsed through a lot of online options and then chose MageshΒ for our 3D prototype printing and for the 3D printing related technical helps.

What material did we choose ?

We chose ABS Plastic because of its better thermal properties compared to PLA. The other material options were much costly compared to these, and were not viable to be used.

What next ?

We would upgrade the structure, and correct errors when gearing to our next version, which will be a near-to-production model.