I'm doing my monthly update early this time, it has been a very disappointing month for me in terms of dispatch so far. Mostly due to staffing levels at the factory but also some complications with flying in components due to Chinese new year has caused delays.
I've been to the factory to get an improvement and have agreed that from Monday March 1st they are going to increase the size of the team by between 2 and 3 times to clear the backlog.
So that first week of March is going to be the new baseline for the run rate and I will give an update by Monday March 8th (in 2 weeks time) and a clear estimated rollout schedule based on that run rate.
In November the factory hit over 1000 units assembled and dispatched in a week, it has always been the expectation that we would continue that, however so far this year we have had different blockers getting in the way. The most common is a shortage of a component or slow delivery of a component. So the plan is always looking at the blockers to see when they are removed so we can properly ramp up. Then giving the rollout plan based on that. If we were unblocked but only hitting 500 a week then I would give the estimates based on that run rate instead but that hasn't happened. The ask and expectation of the factory is to completely clear the backlog by the end of April.
When there is a blocker then the factory reduce the staff resource and use them elsewhere. So from 1st March for the first time we will be unblocked AND will get all available resource on the project plus 3 additional temp staff and I'm also asking for more.
If we hit the expected run rate then the schedule will be all orders #0-#5000 to go in March and #5000+ to go in April.
I have seen people suggesting that it might take the rest of the year to get their order or not get it at all, I can assure you that really is not the case. Both the non-recoil and recoil version of the product are complete and these are just some short term blockers that we have had. We have manufactured and dispatched several thousand lightguns already.
The priority of the project and the decision making has always been 3 things, (1) to guarantee that all backers get their lightguns, (2) that the product is good quality, (3) to deliver the lightguns as quick as possible. However priorities (1) and (2) stop me taking risks with anything that jeoparidise them even if it meant the lightguns could be delivered quicker. This is why it is manufactured in the UK and also why I don't have my own factory premises doing assembly with associated costs, this guarantees (1) by ensuring that I won't exceed the budget. So whilst it is painful to have to update you on slow progress it would be a lot more painful to update you if there was anything that was jeopardising the successful delivery of the project which thankfully there isn't.
I'm very sorry for the delays and I can assure you nobody is more frustrated than myself. I'm working extremely hard to get the orders to you as soon as possible and I thank you once again for your patience and support.
I've got a much better update this time, the factory delivered on their promises and bolstered the team ahead of this last week and the team numbers actually went up during the week as well. They managed to pass the 1000 units which was their target. The only caveat was that most of these were non-recoil. This was the factory's decision as they wanted to start all the new workers on non-recoil which is a lot easier to assemble and then move them onto recoil towards the end of the week.
Next week is going to be almost 100% focused on recoil to try to start catching up with where we are with the non-recoils. The key thing is the factory have managed to ramp up their production and we have overcome the blockers that have had a major impact on the project roll out.
Basic production target plan
8th 100% Finish off Kickstarter + Indiegogo #0-500
Parcels for the week are usually packed up and labelled in cages ready to go and then picked up on the following Tuesday.
This rollout plan applies to recoil and non-recoil but as described in previous updates plenty of non-recoil has already gone out to Indiegogo backers.
Thank you everyone for your support and understanding, it has been very appreciated.
Brief update, the factory dispatched all but 100 of all the Kickstarter orders last week and we are expected to ship most or all of the Indiegogo orders #0-500 this week. A good volume over 1000 recoil units were shipped to clear the original Kickstarter orders that were a pre-requisite for the Indiegogo orders.
A couple of production updates, we have managed to change the shipping to come multiple days a week adhoc when we have a good pile of orders to go, rather than limited to Tuesdays.
Secondly, the factory came up with something to help the speed of assembly and sent all microcontrollers to be pre-programmed. There are 2 per non-recoil lightgun and 3 for the recoil lightguns so this was a big time eater. This caused a blip with production and set us a bit backwards but overall will help us assemble and dispatch faster. It became neccessary to pre-program them because we weren't picking up any issues with the manual programming until the final post manufacture test. Which is a terrible place to find out as you have to undo all your hardwork assembling to open it up and re-program. So this should be a double win.
The factory and I are still working to optimise production so the target to clear all the backlog by the end of May still stands and they are working hard towards that target.
Petit nouveau sur ce forum, je me suis inscrit histoire de vous donner des infos si besoin...
J'ai commandé le Sinden lightgun en Mai 2020 et je ne l'ai reçu qu'il y a une semaine environ (en-dehors du pb d'usine fermée avec le Covid, Andy a rencontré des difficultés techniques pour la version avec recul (dite 'recoil') donc l'attente a été TRES longue (pour ceux qui se plaindrait des délais de qq semaines )
Au passage le gars est extrêmement sérieux, nous tient au courant de l'évolution de la situation, et répond très vite aux PM.
Pour info tjs, ce lightgun fonctionne très bien sur les videoprojecteurs, sauf les modèles qui utilisent des LED au lieu d'une lampe classique.
Sinon j'ai réussi à quasi tout faire marcher (jeux Windows, jeux Wii via Dolphin, bien sûr les jeux arcade via Teknoparrot, jeux Naomi et Atomiswave via Demul, les qq jeux Model 3 existants, Virtua Cop 3 via Chihiro,...)
Le logiciel le plus important est ss doute Demulshooter: nécessaire pour bcp de jeux , doit être mis à jour régulièrement puisque de nouveaux jeux sont ajoutés; Et également à utiliser très souvent: Reshade, puisque pas mal de jeux n'acceptent pas que la bordure crée par le logiciel Sinden passe au premier plan (et donc Reshade permet de la rajouter très simplement).
Voilà, si vous avez des questions, n'hésitez pas
Puisque que tu l'as reçu la semaine passée, peux-tu nous dire sur tu as eu des frais de douanes ?
J'ai vu sur ebay que même sur des petites sommes il y a des frais de douanes pour ce qui vient de l’Angleterre alors qu’officiellement ce sont pour les sommes à partir de 150 €.
Le gun avec recoil est à 149 € TVA incluse, je ne sais pas si les frais de ports en plus seraient comptabilisés pour ajouter des frais de douanes.
alors ça donne quoi sur une borne CRT pour ceux qui l'ont reçu ?
dans les "known issues" avec les CRT je lis ça:
"CRT screen. One user was finding the video feed of their CRT screen was flickering too much for the lightgun to work. It did work with a CRT tv when previously tested. Still trying to understand what the differences are to give clearer guidance or identify a solution.
Selon Ben du channel Boojakascha, la version 1.05b du driver ne permet pas d'integrer des valeurs negatives d'exposition dans les reglages... aussi l'utilisation sur CRT semblerait compromise pour le moment...
cf cette video à 13:00
Son accent suisse est assez marqué ...
Dans sa conclusion, Ben avance que ceux qui auraient été décus par les aimtrack le seront aussi par le Sinden... Il dit s'en servir en "casual"....
vos remontées au sujet d'experiences écrans "tradi" seront très appréciées....
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