I know it's been a while, so I thought it was about time to let you know what we have been up to the past month or so.
Over the past few weeks I have met with several machine shops, pattern makers and casting outfits. I started with lead that Charlie (Board Chairman) has to a CNC machine shop "GearWorks" in George Town (South Seattle). It turned out Roland could not help us directly, but connected me to the casting company just behind his shop. The casting company then connected me to Steven Gary who is an expert in designing and machining molds. From this meeting we came up with several design changes (I knew there would be once we spoke with the experts in mold making). The bummer is we needed a design to show them to get their feedback and suggestions. Like all engineering projects they take time and several modifications along the way to get what one wants and needs. Gary has great ideas to help us redesign the parts and tools that will make them easier to build and cheaper. :)
So now we are back to improving the design. As part of this process we are trying to get the "SolidWorks" CAD software company to donate or discount several licenses so we can get all of our engineers using the same software platform.
Our goal is to be ready to build 50 Gen2 stoves in Chiapas by the end of the year. This will be a tight schedule, but I think we can pull it off.