Truth be told, it’s been a bit of a frustrating week here at Team gMax. We were so excited to announce last week that December orders were officially complete. We figured from that point on we’d start to fly quite quickly. We started outsourcing most of our cutting starting with our December printers and beginning with January orders all of our motor wires are being manufactured outside versus in-house. All of this saves us a lot of time so we figured January would be quick in comparison to December. It seems that while our efficiency has greatly increased, certain pivotal elements continue to hold us up.
As we mentioned in our last update, not taking into account Chinese New Year when re-ordering our electronics has cost us valuable time. We knew this error would cause some delays but it is turning out to be longer than we bargained for. Our manufacturer has been both responsive and apologetic but they are, understandably, slammed since returning from the holiday. We hope to receive our order within the next week but have yet to be given a solid ETA. Our pending order is large enough to cover the rest of our Kickstarter printers and our pre-sale orders thus far plus extra – so once we receive this shipment we will be good to go and kits will go out very quickly. It’s just a matter of when.
Another obstacle that we have faced is this harsh winter. On a personal level, the two of us are relatively unaffected by this crazy weather since we both now work from home. However it has proven to be a frustrating factor when it comes to receiving our shipped goods both domestically and internationally – we’re sure there are many of you out there reading this that can relate. We’ve had delays to our orders of selective key parts and what it comes down to is inclement weather. It is out of our hands but also out of the hands of our suppliers as well. We suppose the only thing we can do at this junction is collectively shake our fists at Mother Nature and patiently wait. The good news is that our aluminum angles arrived to our manufacturer yesterday morning for cutting/drilling and the smooth rods are slated to arrive to us within the next couple of days – fingers crossed.
On the positive side, we are plowing through printing the January parts so printing parts has not held us up. We are also using this time to build up our new website (which we are very excited about) and Gordon has finally had some time to get actively involved on the forum. We highly encourage people to register for the forum and engage, whether you are a gMax owner, are considering purchasing one in the future, or are simply interested in 3D printing – there’s a growing wealth of information on there thanks to everyone actively involved (www.gmaxprinter.com/forum). We also have a new section to upload images of your printer (with the various color combinations) as well as things printed on the gMax.
One quick problem worth mentioning relates to the bed leveler bolts and wingnuts. For any existing printers the extruder has a habit of catching on the protruding bolts, resulting in a few problems. A quick fix is to flip the bolt/wingnut direction so the socket head bolts are on top with the wingnuts below. A forum post will be generated going into more detail hopefully this weekend.
We did a single wall test print in the ColorFabb XT filament and were impressed with the print quality, ease of use and the nice sheen. We’ve also played around a bit more with the woodfill PLA and have received a spool of blue Taulmann T-Glase filament. We haven’t tested this one out yet but hope to have something cool to share in our next update.
Speaking of next updates, we hope that our next one will be of a more exciting and cheerful variety. However since we are sharing many of our experiences as we grow from the ground up, not everything can always come up roses. We want to share with our readers where we’re currently at – good news obviously, but sometimes even if it’s a frustrating place.
Some good news is is that once we receive these outstanding shipments, we should be set for some time (including enough power supplies!), and by the time we start running low on supplies again we should be in a proper shop space which will allow us to easily monitor inventory and build up our stock.
We hope that everyone is staying warm and dry as the Polar Vortex hits yet again.
Until next time,
The gMax Team