The last few weeks have been quite tense for the Mooltipass team as we were impatiently waiting for our smart cards, cases and front panels to come back from production. Today we received a package from China, so we knew it was the hour of truth. Follow us after the break if you have a good internet connection and want to see more pictures of the final product…
We never mentioned this on Hackaday before, but we actually produced two different versions of Olivier’s case: a slim one and a thick one. The slim one isn’t Arduino compatible and is only intended for our dear contributors as it is made of aluminium and therefore very costly :
The thick Arduino-compatible case is only 1.9mm thicker (13.9mm instead of 12mm) and is made of black ABS. You can notice the connector grooves :
As you may have guessed all the prototypes were CNC machined and then anodized or painted. We’ll obviously go for injection molded cases for bigger quantities, which will be one of our main challenges in the coming months…
It was quite a relief when we saw that our PCBs could tightly fit inside the cases, especially given that several of them were produced and shipped to our contributors around the world :
In our last developed on Hackaday series article we stated that we had decided to switch our transparent front panel for a tinted one. The new one we just received perfectly fits on top of our assembled prototype and give it a clean professional look when the screen is off :
Rest assured that our capacitive touch interface performs remarkably well even with this 1mm thick acrylic panel on top of it. We’re using a 0.11mm thick double-sided tape between our top PCB and our panel to maintain good contact.
Finally, we also received the smart cards that our dear Hackaday reader selected. Unfortunately they were printed in the wrong direction, leaving the wrong part sticking out of the Mooltipass.
So what’s next for the Mooltipass project?
Now that we know that our hardware is final we are going to select beta testers and have a small Mooltipass production run shipped to them. In the meantime our contributors will be hard at work and hopefully in a few months we may start our crowdfunding campaign!