Last week we happily hit a milestone in the readying of the Incliner for production and for bringing it to market.
Our 1st production unit sample was completed by our woodworker Joel. Excitedly, I beelined it down to the shop in South Seattle to see it, tucked it into the trunk of my Camry, and ran up to the ferry line for Whidbey Island where our product design mastermind David lives, so we could review it together.
The first production sample is referred to in the world of product making as the 1st Article. Approval of this is part of the verification process to ensure a product is ready for production manufacturing. It has been a milestone marker on our spreadsheet and calendar for over two years.
And...our official First Article Inspection Report: We like it.
After many prototype iterations, we knew.
It’s a crazy thing after all this time of creating and recreating…refining, reviewing, and more refining. And much calendar adjusting.
Champagne would have been appropriate 🍾 but it was tea time, and he’s Welsh. So, we had a few high fives, and raised a few cups of Earl Grey. ☕️
(Above pics: David, designer and Joel, woodworker, reviewing jigs. And, some artful clamping.)
Now, as soon as the cushions are completed by our sew team and approved, it's onto finishing touches and then to photographing it so YOU can see for yourself.
We'll then spruce up the website, enable the e-commerce functionality, and continue cranking on all the other preparations and action steps. If I can just find the time for figuring out a little launch party...
But for now, it's time to set off for the box maker.
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