Sneak peek of new cases
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Hey all!

The forum's been pretty quiet of late, so I thought I'd spice things up a bit by giving you all a look at how our final cases are coming along.

With our previous pre-production batch of cases (the 'unfinished' ones that had some tool marks, but were otherwise quite transparent) we got a lot of very strong feedback from people telling us that a more transparent finish looks "sick as hell". So for our final pre-production sample batch, we got a mix of bead blasted cases (the finish we originally planned on) and some sanded/polished cases.

I have received some images of the polished finish, and folks,,,


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#2
I think those look amazing! My only concern is how long they will look amazing...
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#3
are the production units still going to be beadblasted only, or will there be an option to get one or the other or something?
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I'll get into it in the next update, ETA next week sometime. The short version is that these are some of the samples we've gotten from our production CNC manufacturer, which is different from our earlier prototype manufacturer. We hedged our bets a little with this order by getting a couple of different finishes (polished and bead blasted).

We're not super happy with the initial bead blast finish from this manufacturer, and we don't really have the time or budget to go back and forth iterating to get a better sense of the right grit+process to get exactly the right result. But we *are* very happy with this polished finish (it's a nicer final result than anything we thought we might have access to originally!) so we're strongly considering just committing to cases with this finish for our production batch.

So far the polished finish hasn't seemed super scratch-prone, but that's obviously our main worry compared to bead blasting.
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#5
Transparent also feels more flexible, in that it is easy to dye/paint it to be more opaque, but hard to go from opaque to transparent. The smooth finish feels much nicer in the hand too imo.

Ideally long term we'll be able to offer different options for the case finishes. I'd love to be able to do runs of different colours and designs of cases too. But for this first production run we'll be going with what we think will be the best fit overall.
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(2024-07-12, 02:48 AM)jacqueline Wrote: I'll get into it in the next update, ETA next week sometime. The short version is that these are some of the samples we've gotten from our production CNC manufacturer, which is different from our earlier prototype manufacturer. We hedged our bets a little with this order by getting a couple of different finishes (polished and bead blasted).

We're not super happy with the initial bead blast finish from this manufacturer, and we don't really have the time or budget to go back and forth iterating to get a better sense of the right grit+process to get exactly the right result. But we *are* very happy with this polished finish (it's a nicer final result than anything we thought we might have access to originally!) so we're strongly considering just committing to cases with this finish for our production batch.

So far the polished finish hasn't seemed super scratch-prone, but that's obviously our main worry compared to bead blasting.

that makes sense! the polished finish does look quite nice.

and i guess since the case model is open a bead-blasted case could be offered in the future (by the team, or indeed anyone) for people who strongly prefer that option - i personally have no strong feelings one way or the other
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