Rockwell update.....

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by Str8on2, Sep 5, 2017.

  1. Str8on2

    Str8on2 Well-Known Member

    New update:

    New Campaign Update!
    The Rockwell Model T Razor & Blades: Shaving Perfected team just posted.

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    posted by Rockwell Razors

    Sep 5, 2017 • 7:21AM PDT



    Dear Backers,

    It’s been a very productive month since our last update! As you may remember from the last update, I was meeting with our manufacturer to review the razors that were assembled using the updated fixtures in early August. From that assembly, we learned that the parts were dimensionally within tolerance over 98% of the time (a 2% reject rate for a project of this complexity is fantastic. However, we discovered that fractions of millimeters of “wiggle room” within the fixtures were causing compounding assembly problems around the T-Bar and the Top Doors. Put simply, this was resulting in a minutely bent razor blade in a small fraction of assembled razors, which unfortunately still put us outside an acceptable reject rate for mass production, completed products.

    That being said, we’re actually coming to backers today with good news! Since that early August assembly, we’ve update the fixtures one final time to fit the head pieces and the rod as snugly as possible during critical stamping procedures in assembly (which has been made possible only recently with the further improved tolerances of the T-Bar component). Pictures of the updated fixtures are below:

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    And finally the good news: the test production at the end of August (basically a “retry” of the early August assembly except with updated fixtures) has been our first success, meaning we’re proceeding with the full production as outlined in the last update! The only thing that’s changed is that we’re now expecting the first 1000 razors to ship approximately 4-5 weeks from today, with the following razors following closely behind (still on the end-of-November schedule that we mentioned in the last update). That means all Indiegogo backers should expect to receive their Model T tracking number close to the end of November.

    It’s been quite a rollercoaster month for us, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be in the home stretch of bringing this incredibly exciting innovation to market. We hope everyone is as excited to be amongst the first people in the world to try a Model T as we are to begin shipping! Thank you again for continuing have our back, and please reach out to us at info@rockwellrazors.com if you have any questions about production before the next update in late September / early October (unless you get a tracking link before then!)

    Gareth
    Co-Founder, Rockwell Razors
     
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  2. RaZorBurn123

    RaZorBurn123 waiting hardily...............

    Great news for those backers.
     
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  3. BigMark83

    BigMark83 [...........] this space intentionally left blank

    How's that Rex ? Please tell me you got it.
     
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  4. jmudrick

    jmudrick Well-Known Member

    "Shipping this month" now says Matt.

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  5. Jorvaljr

    Jorvaljr Operation Daytona 8000

    I believe it was pushed out to September now.
     
  6. DesertTime

    DesertTime Well-Known Member

    It is September. It was pushed out to beginning or middle October. By end of October I suspect we'll have dozens of reviews for one of the most anticipated razors ever. I think they have over 5,000 backers. Amazing.
     
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  7. Jorvaljr

    Jorvaljr Operation Daytona 8000

    LOL I forgot it's now September. I didn't realize it was a kickstarter. I only heard about the pre-order.


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  8. Str8on2

    Str8on2 Well-Known Member

    Big mess here. Rockwell for the end of November at the earliest. Rex is for sometime in October. How the Rex came into play? No idea. All I posted was info for the Rockwell update for the Model T followers. It is what it is....
     
  9. Jorvaljr

    Jorvaljr Operation Daytona 8000

    I don't see a mess. And I don't see any issue with bringing up another razor. It was a " while we are on the subject of new razors" kind of thing. Technically there already is a thread about the Rockwell T adjustable. The update could have easily been inserted there. You shouldn't be so easily offended, bothered, upset or disappointed that we discussed another razor. In the end it's only shaving and sometimes we smooch things together. :eatdrink047:
     
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  10. Str8on2

    Str8on2 Well-Known Member

    Fair enough... no offense taken.
     
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  11. DesertTime

    DesertTime Well-Known Member

    The last I read, they were in full production at the end of July and the first razors were to ship 4-6 weeks from then. That would make it early to mid September. Since I backed out, I no longer get the updates, but I'm still hopeful for those still in it.

    Has anyone got their razor yet and, if so, what do you think of it?
     
  12. Str8on2

    Str8on2 Well-Known Member

    Progress report from Team Rockwell.......
     

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  13. DesertTime

    DesertTime Well-Known Member

    Thanks. I found one of my old update emails and a link to the update site.
    It looks like folks should start getting razors sometime this month. I'm looking forward to hearing reports on how they shave.
     
  14. Str8on2

    Str8on2 Well-Known Member

    To keep those who have been waiting patiently on the release of their Model T razor, here is an update on its progress and another slight delay......


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    posted by Rockwell RazorsNov 6, 2017 • 8:59PM
    10 hours ago
    October Update - Assembly & Pictures of Production Finishes
    Dear Backers,

    It’s been an extremely busy month since our last update, full of developments that we’re pleased to share.

    Domestic Assembly

    As you know from prior updates, we have had full parts for some time but getting the parts assembled and validating that the design is robust and passes our QC tests in mass production has been our final bottleneck. I want to start with delving into the most significant product decision that’s been drawn since our last update: The Rockwell Model T razors that backers will receive are being assembled in Canada. More precisely, they’re being assembled in Canada, at our facilities, overseen by our Canadian engineering firm as well as the Rockwell Razors team.

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    The rationale for this decision is simple - the final bottleneck on getting all these products out the door and into our backers’ hands are the assembly and quality control steps. As you’ll recall, we’d made the original decision to have the Model T razors assembled at a professional assembly factory, but over the iterative process of dozens of test assemblies, with samples being shipped back and forth across the ocean for cross-examination throughout careful mass production, we realized that the final assembly steps are so critical to the quality of the razor that we need to have full control of this process in-house.

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    By consulting with the assembly factory, our own engineers, and assembly specialists, we’ve now put the assembly directly in the hands of a team that produced the Model T design and DFM files themselves, with ultimate quality control being executed by the Rockwell team. This is the strategy we employed to produce, assemble, and quality check the extremely popular Rockwell 6S, and we’re confident that it is the best choice for the Model T as well. This will ensure that Model T razors are assembled the way they were meant to be, consistently, and with stringent quality control checks.

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    All of the above pictures show a production White Chrome Model T razor being assembled, but we know many backers have been looking forward to seeing the production versions of other finishes - here they are!

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    This is a Brushed Chrome Model T in a Stainless Steel Stand, to show the slight difference between the appearance of the two similar-looking finishes / materials

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    The extremely-popular Gunmetal Model T!

    Final Part Adjustments

    In the process of testing the domestic assembly we also found two parts that individually were within tolerance but were still difficult to assemble while keeping overall tolerances (which directly affect blade gaps). This lead to a minor design change for these two internal parts that addresses the assembly issue and greatly improves overall tolerance when the razor is assembled. Given how important tolerance to specification is for a precision razor we have ordered changes to the molds for these two parts and will assemble all the razors with the two revised parts.

    What Does This Mean For Backers?

    While we’re behind schedule on when we hoped to ship out the first batch of Model T razors, we’re confident that this new assembly process and final part adjustments will get as many high-quality razors as possible in the hands of backers as soon as possible. We’re now hoping to receive the two adjusted parts and assemble a QC passed first batch by the end of the month, with the remaining razors soon to follow. Once assembly here is fully up-to-speed, we’ll be able to provide a better timeline for you all - we expect that timeline will be coming in the next update!

    Again, we understand that these delays can be frustrating but thank you for your support and patience. This is not our first razor and the lessons we learned with the Rockwell 6S, 6C and 2C is that we need to do the hard work to get it right upfront and cannot compromise to send out an inferior product. You, our backers deserve excellence, and that’s our commitment to you.

    Thank you for all your ongoing support while we do everything to make the Rockwell Model T the best razor in the world. We can’t wait for you all to receive your pledge rewards and be the first people in the world to try it! We’re confident you’ll be very proud of having been a part of the creation process of the Model T. Thank you again!

    Gareth
    Co-Founder, Rockwell Razors
     
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