New Motobrain Mold

June 17, 2014 in 8 Channel PDU by Joshua Oster-Morris

As requested by you guys, I’ve added separators between the outputs to prevent accidental short circuits there. It looks pretty good to me.

Because the factory production samples were unusable, I ordered some new PCBs yesterday and will be hand building up some new Motobrains for this case next week. The factory that failed is considering rebuilding the samples on their nickel. They are in China and I therefore have little recourse other than my future business. If they can actually deliver I would be excited though because their pricing is good. I’ve also requested another factory to build some for me in case the first one decides to cut and run with my money after the first failure. I should have some volume of samples in the not to distant future one way or the other. As soon as I have evidence that someone other than myself can build them I will be ordering 100 units which will be going out to early adopters and market mavens who will be testing the product for me.

New Motobrain Mold


Production samples are junk

June 11, 2014 in 8 Channel PDU by Joshua Oster-Morris

The samples that arrived on Monday are trash. The photos of them look okay but upon closer inspection they appear to have been made by incompetents who don’t give a hoot. That is to say that not only is the skilled labor done poorly but so is the work that only requires attention to detail. A waste of time and money. No one ever said building a global supply chain was easy!

Production Samples Arrived

June 9, 2014 in 8 Channel PDU by Joshua Oster-Morris

The production samples arrived. They look pretty good though I am not certain they were actually built on machine as I expected. The factory building these samples by hand tells me nothing about the quality of their machine assembly which was the entire purpose of this exercise. That is a bit of a disappointment but not the end of the world. I’ll begin testing them this week. Finger’s crossed.

I also got the new mold master which has insulating tabs integrated into the design to protect from incidental short circuits. I expect to have 5 new Motobrains ready in short order for testing.


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Production Samples

June 3, 2014 in 8 Channel PDU by Joshua Oster-Morris

Production samples of Motobrain boards from a fabricator in Asia are shipping in the next few hours. I’ve already received PCBs samples of the heavy duty power boards from a couple of suppliers in Asia as well and they are getting close. Some are great but too expensive, some are the “right” price but are missing on the quality side of things. I am still working those details out but suffice to say, things are progressing nicely. I’ll post a report on how the boards turned out when they arrive at the lab.