In our last Sector 5 iPhone case update, we showed you prototype CAD renderings after we made design changes prompted by getting the actual iPhone 5 into our hands. After finishing and testing the updated prototypes, our shop went to work getting ready for production manufacturing. Machining aluminum parts for production is different than creating a prototype because things like CNC tool path efficiency and material fixturing have to be considered in order to maximize production volume while minimizing machine time. The methodology for this varies with each machine shop and the CNC machines that they use. While it may sound completely mechanical, high end machining like this is as much art as it is science and our shop is top notch.
We have now gone into production just six days after our last prototype was completed! Next week, we hope to have the first ordering group’s production units completed and off to anodizing with the second group’s orders well under way.
Above is an image of a pre-production unit just after coming back from our anodizing shop so that we could do a final evaluation of the new “Graphite Grey” which is a special color for the Sector 5 FE (First Edition).
NOTE: The reservation list is long and we’re working as quickly as we can to make as many as possible while still meeting or exceeding our standards of quality. As we ramp up production, we will be able to increase the size of each pre-order group. Sorry, but we’re getting way too many requests to find out where people are in the list and we will no longer be responding to those requests.