|Manufacturing Status in ChinaHao Zhang is our rock star chief engineer, who has been stationed in China since our original Kickstarter for the Orbit was launched this past November.Though we have thrown every possible distraction at him – setting up a warehouse and fulfillment facility for Asia, managing international customs shipments, and printing product boxes – he’s still managed to complete the work on the Pyramid in between chasing down deals for the necessary materials and labor.We’ve done our best to keep his time free but he’s still had to deal with several ongoing delays. He can probably best explain directly the current status of Pyramids and the rationale behind our expected delivery date of November:
“The first 50 that are 3D printed will finish assembly on September 6th, and will be on their way to our U.S. headquarters as soon as possible. They will be redistributed in [the] U.S. immediately after arrival. There might be some delay in Customs, but everybody in [the] U.S. should receive [their] reward within September.
“We have encountered a lot [of] problems, lack of funding, 3D printer stability, quality of filament, 3D printing production rate, and so on. We are trying out best to overcome [each of the] problems we met, and let our backers get their reward as soon as possible, with the highest quality possible. So we are now working on a new production method that could produce high quality shells of Puzzlebox Pyramid. The test run is just about to finish, and once the sample is confirmed, we’ll finish all Pyramids’ shell production in 10 days.” — Hao Zhang