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Release Version 1

After a successful beta test, I'm confident enough to release the NQALHA for sale

I'm building 10 units in the first production run, on the Tormach CNC

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Making parts on the Tormach. Odd shaped parts require custom vise jaws

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The Tormach makes great parts! The best yet

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Production continues

Optimizing feeds and speeds, Part 2

First parts with the RapidTurn on the Tormach PCNC 1100

Turning steel for the first time on the Tormach RapidTurn

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The initial production run is finished! 540 parts are off to the anodizer and plater

Beta tester Kaj Beck visited the shop, and I made a custom mount for the NQALHA on his "battlestation"

Production continues on Release Version 1. I hope to have 10 units ready for sale at DFO

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Powder coat, anodized and plated parts are in. Time to start assembly

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Production continues. I'm waiting for the motors to arrive. Early versions used small Chinese motors. The beta testers told me that more power would be good. The new motors are about twice as powerful. They're much higher quality motors, made by Oriental Motor, a well respected Japanese company

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Production continues

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Production continues. Assembling circuit boards

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Production continues. Handles are finished. The early models had a 1.4" diameter handle. It felt fine to me, but I have big hands. The beta testers asked me to reduce the diameter. The new handle is a bit less that 1 inch. Kinda like a bicycle grip or shovel

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Production continues. Wiring in progress. I use high temperature wire, in steel flex conduit. Even when very large, very hot pieces are being made, the wiring does not fail

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Production continues. Motors have arrived

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Release Version 1, S/N 1

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Release Version 1, S/N 1

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Release Version 1, S/N 1

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DFO was wet and muddy, but I judge it to be a success. Many people came to the booth, and I got a lot of very positive comments

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My tent

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First shipment