"Hey Modern M0110 group buy amazing supporters,
Quick update on the status of the group buy--easier to email everyone instead of trying to duplicate updates on all the platforms (Reddit, Geekhack, Keebtalk, Instagram) and it's been difficult for me to answer individual requests and updates since we're really spending most of our time these days just pushing forward M0110 and fulfilling other group buy and in-stock orders.
TL;DR - we are about 3 months behind our original schedule because of machining delays but (fingers crossed!) have not run into any major manufacturing errors or issues that would pose a major risk quality wise to the end product.
The major setback in our timeline is that our machinist (the person who turns raw blocks of extruded aluminum into carved pieces which actually look like keyboards) ran roughly 3-4 months behind schedule. I was supposed to get all the parts in hand by end of August (which would theoretically have given us enough time to make significant progress on surface coating and engraving to start shipping by early November). However, it's nearing end of November now and I have in possession roughly 50% of the machined cases and the machinist told me last week all bottoms are done and he's still finishing up the tops. I am not going to pay the remainder of the machining and material fee until 100% of the parts are delivered.
But the good news is that we *do* have roughly half of the machined cases now, so we are planning to start serial number and custom engraving this week. In addition--we are working on doing another test run to make sure the Cerakote quality comes out better than the prototype that Top Clack reviewed--that one will get Cerakote this week or next and I will ship it out to Jan to have another look and help us QC the surface finish to make sure we are on track. Despite delays, the one thing we don't want to compromise on is quality I spent several hours with our vendor who is taking care of both Cerakote and engraving this weekend and am looking forward to seeing how everything comes out.
Unfortunately because of how the anodizing process works (it has to be done in one big batch instead of painting individual keyboards), anodized boards will not get surface coatings until I receive 100% of the machined boards, so Cerakote customers may receive their boards before anodized ones.
Check out some pics of the boards below! I forgot to take another picture of the huge pile of M0110 parts currently at our Cerakote vendor's shop
Sorry for the delays and poor communication from Desk Candy. I want to do better, so please give me feedback if this format is helpful and if you have any questions or concerns. Please be patient with the process as there are a lot of variables (and we cannot control all of them) with the manufacturing process for this scale and level of quality, and thank you very much again for being a part of this group buy.