Update #12 - First Off Tool (FOT) Parts and Rivet Machine

 

Hi Backers,

Our team has safely arrived and settled down in Shenzhen. The first revisions of the tooling are now completed and the First Off Tool (FOT) parts have been produced. Our pair of custom rivet machines are also fully assembled, functional and arrived at our Contract Manufacturers’ (CM) facility.

See below for more details.

Regards,

Team Hedgehog


Custom Rivet Machines

 
Brand New Heavy Duty Custom Rivet Machines Owned By and Used Exclusively for the Hedgehog Umbrella

Brand New Heavy Duty Custom Rivet Machines Owned By and Used Exclusively for the Hedgehog Umbrella

 
 
Sample Riveted Joint Using the Custom Riveting Machine

Sample Riveted Joint Using the Custom Riveting Machine

 

 

First Off Tool (FOT) Parts

See images below for the FOT Parts.
Note: As these are not production parts, only in-stock materials were used on the tools. For production, the colour of the parts would match the renders.

 
Slider Core

Slider Core

 
 
Slider shuttles

Slider shuttles

 
 
Partially Assembled Slider Assembly

Partially Assembled Slider Assembly

 
 
Top Cap and Top Hub

Top Cap and Top Hub

 
 
Handle with Hedgehog Logo

Handle with Hedgehog Logo

 
 
First Off Tool (FOT) Rib Sections

First Off Tool (FOT) Rib Sections

 
 
Partially Assembled Rib Assembly

Partially Assembled Rib Assembly

 

What’s Next?

As stated in our last update, we intend to stay in Shenzhen and work alongside our Contract Manufacturer (CM) until the final umbrella is completed. We’ll also be finalizing all shipping addresses soon so if you need to update your shipping address, please do so before April 30th. For all those that have updated your address in the past, we’ll be sending a confirmation email to ensure we have the correct address on hand.

Goals for the next 5 weeks

  • Touching up the tooling to ensure all parts are nothing short of perfect
  • Developing and streamlining the assembly process
  • Calibrate the rivet machines
  • Production and Quality Control
  • Packaging and Shipping

Thanks again for all the support, we would never have made it this far without the wonderful community. While based here in China, we will try to release updates as frequently as possible.

Feel free to PM us with any questions or concerns, we aim to respond within 3 days.

Thanks,

Team Hedgehog