The new 75 motherboards for the remotes have been sent from the production facility and should arrive at our European R&D office in a couple of days. As soon as we receive them, our engineer will assemble the remotes and we can start shipping the first Fins.
The first 75 Boost Fins were manually assembled at our European R&D facility. The antennas proved to be very durable.
At the same time, we're finalizing the new molds and will start mass production of the Fins next week. They will be assembled with antennas according to our new specifications. In this video you can see a sample of the Fin with the attached antenna, which looks perfect. These Fins will be in the batch of 2000 orders.
This video shows the new waterproof casings for the remotes which are now ready for assembling.
Certification process is almost over, we were asked to provide a specification for one small component, which we did, so we will get the certification very soon.
We've also done the tests on the batteries to make sure they haven't been damaged or discharged waiting at the production facilities for some time and the PCBs to make sure there is no corrosion on them. Everything is good.
As for some other news, we've finalized the new straps for the remotes and produced braces for the 2000 Fins.
We also finalized the testing procedures for the Fin and its components.
We received the final Fin sample at our European R&D facility last week and it looks very good, apart from a couple of small things.
Remotes had a small issue with the signal. The engineers in the manufacturing facility decided to improve the signal and they changed the signal coding which makes the signal longer and the receiver doesn't consistently get it. Once we'd figured the issue, we started fixing it immediately. The new sample will arrive next week and we will finalize it. Other than that, everything else looks great and works perfectly.
We're already assembling the Fins at our European R&D facility manually. The biggest obstacle that stops us from beginning mass production is the ability to repeatedly glue the antenna perfectly into the shape of the Fin without leaving any glue stains. We figured out how to do it manually but it's a very long process and the factory won’t be able to replicate the process. We purchased several machines which should arrive early next week and we will record the instructions for our partners at the production facilities on how to do the process.
We've already sent our Fins to the certification office a week ago, they told us that it should take about 3 weeks, but usually, it takes less time to get all the certificates. Soon we will be able to produce a lot of Fins and finally start shipping them.
The 75 units are at our European R&D office, they have arrived partially assembled and we're currently assembling them, but we had to wait for some parts that had not arrived on time. After we assemble them, we will ship them and then we will start the mass production of the next batch of 2000 Fins which should be ready and shipped around April.
75 Fins have been painted, assembled and packed. Currently, they are on their way to our European R&D department where they will be thoroughly checked and then shipped from to our customers.
PCBs for the Pro remotes are ready, the remotes are assembled.
New plastic casing samples for the original remotes are ready, currently testing them to finalize.
100 Fins are pre-assembled. They’ve been sent for coating, which will take 5-7 days, and after that, they will be fully assembled.
Continuing work on the original (small) remote. Finding the best solution to ensure the waterproofness of the casing.
The casing for the PRO remote is ready, silicon buttons are ready, performed tests on the batteries, waiting for the PCBs to assemble them.
Making preparations for the certification of the Boost Fin.
2000 main PCBs (of the Fin) are ready.
Plastic housings for 100 Boost Fins are ready. Next week they will be painted.
Finalizing housings for the custom (original) remote, we did lab waterproof tests on them which had been successful. Will need to do open water tests to make sure they are fully waterproof.
Another batch of 2000 Boost Fin motors is ready.
New mounts and charging jacks are ready.
Finished the production of 100 PCBs for a custom (small) remote.
Straps for the remotes are ready.
Finalized the second tray for the boxes and the attachment of the trays to the lids. The first batch of 100 boxes are ready.
Finalized the fitting of the antenna, doing final tests of the coating of the antenna.
Doing some corrections on the adapters’ molds - after the tests we had to increase the thickness of the screws and add the nuts into all the adapters to increase their resistance.
Finalizing the boxes, testing several EVA inserts options, testing the attachment of the trays to the lids.
Began the production of the plastic for the first batch of 100 Boost Fins.
All the parts for the first 100 Boost Fins (fin body, duct, ring, propeller adapter, propeller, rubber pads, spacers, antennas, screws, battery, chargers, motors, ESC, screwdriver, longboard adapter’s insert, nut, cap, FOAM parts, rubber gaskets, jack) will be ready on 13.12. After that, it will take 5-7 days for the painting process.
Finishing all the necessary corrections of the mold (the charging jack, the cap for the charging jack and the groove for the antenna), the final shot will be ready on the 13th Dec.
The first prototype of the original (custom) remote is ready, we’ve inserted the PCB in it and are testing its waterproof qualities.
Waiting for the final shot of the plastic mold (after we had to make slight changes due to using a different jack). Then we’ll test it and launch it into mass-production if everything is right.
Continuing work on the original remote, first prototypes will be ready next week.
Preparing to begin the mass production of the Pro remote.
We’re making new copper jacks with nickel plating for the first 2000 units.
The boxes for the first 100 Fins are in production, we’ve had to make a separate mold for the second tray so that the product fits more securely into the box. We are now waiting to test and finalize them.
Making final corrections to the Boost Fin mold, because we had to make changes due to changing the jacks to more waterproof ones.
We’ve tested the Pro remote and finalized it.
Ordered plastic casing kits for the Pro remote from Japan, they’re on the way to our production facilities.
We received test shots from the new adapter molds (the longboard one is ready, working on the rest of the adapter molds).
We launched mass production of the main PCB (motherboard of the fin).
Prototyping the new plastic casing of the original custom remote and PCBs for the first 100 remotes.
Searching for a better charging jack solution - the one that we currently have doesn’t meet our waterproof standards, so we are checking other options.
Inspecting the new plastic casing sample. If all is good, we will assemble the first 100 fins (all the other components for them are ready) and will ship those in December.
2000 additional units, which we’ve ordered last week, are in the process of production, including additional screwdrivers, batteries, modules, and other components.
Samples of original custom remotes are on their way to our CTO Alex in Bali and to our European R&D office for tests. After we receive their feedback, we can begin the assembling.
We are waiting for strap samples for the Pro remotes and will send them to our CTO for tests. At the same time, we’ve ordered 2240 casings for those remotes, so when we have the PCBs and casings ready, we can assemble Pro remotes.
Finishing work on the boxes, they should be ready at the end of next week.
6 new addons will be ready before the end of the month - the Boost Fin case, a safety bumper, a safety leash, a car charger, a Pro version of the remote and a snorkelling adapter, they will be available in our online store and you can add those accessories to your order.
We’ve ordered 2000 units of improved (pro) remotes. At the same time, we’re making custom original remotes, working on the mold for it, waiting for quotas and a test sample. This remote can be worn on a wrist, a shoulder or attached to a board.
We found a manufacturer of a car charger, waiting for their quota and a test sample.
Final updates to the mold that will have the new antenna should be ready in 1.5 weeks.
The test sample of the safety leash is ready, we are waiting for it to arrive to test it.
The fin add-ons - safety bumpers - are ready.
The longboard adapter mold had been approved and launched into mass production, the molds for all the other adapters are being approved.
We have found the right glue and the thickness of the antenna to finally launch the mass production of the fins.
We’re waiting for the quotes from the factories for original (simple) remotes, the casing will be customized to increase waterproof qualities. After we receive the quotes and approve the production, we will finalize the silicon strap for it.
Customizing the jack for the fin, our R&D facility in Europe and CTO in Bali are working on the final version of the jack.
Continuing to work on the antenna. Next week our employee will be at the production facility to determine the issue during the production with the outside positioning of the antenna. Additionally, we’re testing an option of installing the antenna inside the fin. After we find a solution, we can finalize it and start producing the mold for the fin.
Our CTO Alex had tested the mass-produced sample of the fin and was satisfied with the results - it produces enough thrust, works perfectly with the app, provides good battery life, the casing is very durable.
We have tested original remotes and custom prototypes and they both showed great results. We are beginning the negotiations with the remotes producers about a casing solution.
Finalizing a prototype of the box for the adapters.
Alex had tested the new jack in saltwater and found the solution for ensuring its water resistance.
Continuing work on the antenna, trying out different installation solutions. When the issue with the antenna is resolved, we can fully assemble the first 50 fins.
We’ve tested button PCBs (motherboards) and PCBs of the Fin and now we’re ready to launch them into mass production - this was the major delay and now it’s finally behind us.
Finished a second tray for the box (after creating an additional mold) - we’re testing it now so it fits in the box perfectly, after this, we can start mass-production of the boxes.
Changed the color and finished the mold for the ring.
Finalizing the antenna. The material of a small element - a clamp - in the antenna was changed from iron to copper for greater salt-water resistance.
Working on additional components - bumpers for the fin.
Developed a set of inserts for the fin which will be used to fill in some cavities in the fin to exclude/minimize water ingress.
Dmitri, CEO of Boost Surfing, received remote prototypes for tests in the sea and waiting for the mass-produced Boost Fin sample.
Custom made remotes have arrived at our R&D facility, we need to test the code transfer protocol we declared, the stated range of codes, the required IP67 sealing, the required power of the expected signal. After the tests, they will be sent to our CTO and CEO for final tests and approvals.
A test batch of PCBs has arrived at our R&D facility in Europe, they were tested in the lab, we only need to test them in saltwater before we can launch mass production of PCBs, they’re on their way to Bali and the USA for saltwater tests.
Testing PCBs in Bali, if the tests are successful, we will launch mass-production of PCBs
The Boost Fin sample with the new PCB has been lab-tested in our production facility in Europe, now it’s on the way to Dmitri (CEO) for additional testing in the USA
Conducted durability testing of the mass-produced Boost Fin sample in Bali (full video available here)
Finalizing the box and its contents (waiting for the final decision on the remote to make the most durable and convenient fixing tab).
Made the first trial mass-produced batch of PCBs (waiting for the samples to test them)
Collected the plastic for the first trial batch (50 pieces).