This is taking a lot longer than expected to get things ironed out in terms of outsourcing fabrication. I don't have the capacity to turn these out in a higher-volume settings so I've been working with local vendors in order to get these made.
Unfortunately, the cost associated with this effort is quite substantial up-front. Between welding fixtures, straightening fixtures, NRE and upfront material costs, we're looking into double-digit thousands of dollars. Add legal fees for patent disclosures, etc....tack on another double-digit thousand pricetag (In process).
For me to personally drop that kind of money, I'd be taking a huge risk....with pretty much no R.O.I.. If I were starting a company based off of this business, it would be a different story, but unfortunately that's not the case.
I have one lead out in China which would be able to produce these at about 4x less, but between customs fees and a much more difficult quality control process to monitor.....I'm not convinced it's a wise move.
With all that being said....I'm not abandoning the idea, but it's looking like I'll have to be fabricating these one at a time, which takes a lot longer. With life changes taking priority, I'm not sure how much free time I'll have to dedicate to these.
More updates to follow