Final work before production

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Jan 15, 2018 - 8:47 AM

Dear backers, 

Welcome to our first message of the year, a promising year for Knops. We want to take this opportunity to wish you all the best for 2018! Knops feels blessed to have you on board as our backers and supporters. We have a lot of exciting (visual) news to share with you.

On the picture above you see the first production samples after we finished making the molds. This was around the end of December.
On the picture above you see the first production samples after we finished making the molds. This was around the end of December.

As you can see our final prototypes have arrived. So what now? Well, we are busy checking all the specs and details. What we mean by this is that we are preparing the molds for production as making adjustments to the molds is very detailed work. Furthermore, we have started assembling some parts to see if they all fit perfectly. Also, from these samples, we have started testing them in different acoustic levels to see how they perform. We have now started tuning some of the assembling machines and are almost ready to start full production. Yep, a lot is going on!

Knops Original and Gold Plated production samples in the Knops case.
Knops Original and Gold Plated production samples in the Knops case.

As shown above, we received our production samples. But, what is the first impression? Well, the quality of these first samples is better than expected. When making a product using molds you can calculate and anticipate a lot of things, but you have to iterate to create that golden sample. So we’re really happy that these first samples are already of high-quality, and have started with fine tuning right away to be able to produce a perfect sample as soon as possible.

This is the final stage of Knops, the fine-tuning of all these different parts until everything is set to perfect levels. You could compare this to tuning the strings of a guitar until they sound just right. This fine-tuning consists of altering the molds accurately with tiny steps. We use these very accurate machines to make these tiny adjustments to the molds. See the image of one of the machines above. 

As mentioned in a previous update, we were looking into the possibilities to scale up production as soon as possible. Once we produced the first batch of products and we are satisfied with the result and quality we ready to scale up production. This will enable us to ship way faster, also to our backers in the second batch. 

We are still on track to ship the first orders by the end of this month. We will share an extended delivery schedule very soon, so you know when to expect your order!

On the Knops earplugs will be an L (left) or R (right) so you know in which ear to plug in your Knops.
On the Knops earplugs will be an L (left) or R (right) so you know in which ear to plug in your Knops.

Thank you all for your patience until now, we’re very grateful for this. We understand that you are excited to receive your pair of Knops and we can ensure you that our new product will be worth the wait. The whole team is looking forward to start shipping. We are working around the clock to arrange and produce everything as fast as possible, we’re almost there. 

We’ll keep you all posted and share a new update next week! 

Much love, 

Team Knops