Where’s My Skylock? An Update For Our Pre-Order Customers.

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It’s been an amazing year at Skylock, and we have everyone who pre-ordered to thank.

As we close out 2015, you may be wondering, “Where is my Skylock?” Well, we wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that we’re in the final stages of validating the manufacturing process and the wait is almost over.

Over the past three weeks, we’ve been hunkered down in Taiwan, busily finishing our EVT (Engineering Verification Test) with our manufacturer. We’re putting Skylock through the wringer, ensuring that it’s not only super secure and but also incredibly durable.

During the test, we’ve focused on product verification testing by making sure that the design of Skylock meets every product specification and performance test with flying colors.

In addition, we’ve done a rebuild of all our electronics based on DFM (Design for Manufacturability) feedback, tuning the antenna and revisiting part tolerance with our suppliers to ensure that that they fit together for mass production.

We also had a chance to stop by a few of our suppliers to see how our metal parts are made, and we have to admit, it’s pretty darn cool. So cool, in fact, we had to film it…

This first video shows Skylock’s shackle being made through a drop forging process. A steel rod is heated to over 2000°F through a very quick induction heating process and stamped with a hydraulic hammer to its final shape.

 

The second clip shows the complex shape of our lockbar being made through an investment casting process. This process uses molten metal cast in a ceramic mold to achieve the finished part.

Investment casting from Jack Al-Kahwati on Vimeo.

 

Last but not least, we also had the chance to perform a few benchmark tests to characterize how Skylock will perform during Design Verification Testing (DVT).

Here is Skylock passing the 1.5 tons pull test…

Right now, we’re gearing up for DVT (Design Verification Testing). During that time, we’ll be putting the Skylock through a gamut of performance, environmental, reliability, and regulatory testing.

A flowchart of our manufacturing process.

The wait has been long, but we’re confident it will be worth it!