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Last Friday was Manufacturing Day -- we love our Production team so we joined in the celebration!

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The second installment of a somewhat long story about the recent additions to our growing family of manufacturing equipment.

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A story about the recent additions to our growing family of manufacturing equipment.

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Visiting the past, present, and future of SparkFun Production.

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Check out the details from the SparkFun Viking Funeral.

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A recap of The Feast: an inspiring, collaborative weekend in NYC with over 400 creative and genuinely good people.

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The Feast on Good Conference in NYC is this weekend and SparkFun has been asked to join in on the discussion of social innovation and also teach a workshop.

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  • Time to go back to the video replay. I think you’ll find that call was made in error. :)

    MaKeys are back in stock!

  • We completely agree. Stay tuned. We have secret stashes of freshly built boards & kits waiting in the wings… :)

    We’re also working as fast as possible to restock with “normal” production runs before the Thanksgiving break.

  • We may be in touch. Thanks for sharing your professional insight!

  • In the coming weeks, probably after we’ve tackled the whole “move to a new facility” thing, I will be writing up a post to update everyone on what improvements we’ve introduced to our QA/QC systems. Lots of really great ideas are already been considered. Though amidst all of the work happening to correct this big mistake, we likely won’t be able to make any of the big wholesale changes until after all early adopter MicroView users are happy with what they’ve been shipped. Thanks for the feedback. We’re glad that our documented mistakes are helping others avoid the same!

  • Our newest inductee into the $40K club is handling this all very well and has been working his tail off the last two days trying to do everything he can to make this right, as quickly as possible, for anyone that received a bootloader-less MicroView. Everyone here at SparkFun has been so supportive. It’s really incredible to see how well we all collaborate together to solve problems, especially when the pressure is turned up to 11. There’s no doubt that we will come out on the other side of this a better SparkFun with greatly improved processes and an intriguing story to tell.

  • @scharkalvin – the class already has all of the materials for the class being taught on the 15th. the kit that was linked to in the post is currently going through a small revision with the new version expected to be available the middle of next week. if you are interested in grabbing the kit in advance of this class, stay tuned for the new version of the kit to hit the store next week!

  • We looked into it and your order was printed out this morning by our order pickers. It should be shipping out today or tomorrow, at the very latest. Congrats on being one of the lucky few to get one from the first batch of these wheel encoder boards!

  • We’ll have more built up and restocked today. But they are likely to sell out very quickly. If you need one of these soon, I recommend placing a backorder. Once today’s batch is built up, production of more will be on hold until we receive a fresh round of PCBs from our PCB fabricator.

  • We tried that once. Years ago we leased a refurbished labware washer but could never get the results we wanted with it. It’s hard to say which feature in the new washer made the most difference, but I tend to point to the built-in cleanliness monitoring system of the Aqueous unit that measures the resistivity level of the water in the wash chamber and keeps the wash cycle going until the desired level has been reached. We’re also a big fan of the integrated board drying system that allows us to move clean boards directly into our AOI machine after being washed. :)

  • Ha! I’ll get the video updated with our production process notes later today…