Hardware Version 4.0


#1

Good afternoon,
I am in contact with a local company for the outsourcing of the manufacturing of the hardware components of the PFC. He looked at the documentation found in the here below files and came back with the comment that the design drawings are not complete as if sill in the design stage… Is there upadates to come ? Should we work with a previous version of the hardware ? if yes, is version 4 of the PCB compatible with a previous version of the hardware ? Thanks

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#2

@Pierre I saw your direct message. Discussing questions in public forum threads is better because it allows other people to learn from the conversation. Other people will probably have the same questions.

That said, beyond pointing you to the design files, there’s not much I can do to help you with this because it’s a complex subject that is not my area of expertise. Perhaps someone from the OpenAg team can help (/cc @hildreth) .


#3

OK I understand. This morning one of the referred CNC firm listed on Open AG that I had contacted by downloading the available files on their web site, got me a price. I amounts to roughly $3000 USD for only the hardware components ( qty 1 ). Does this make sense ?


#4

I don’t know anything about the going rates for that type of manufacturing. But, I do know that labor for job setup is often a big part of the cost for getting things made. If you asked for a larger quantity, perhaps the cost per unit would be less. I realize that might not be very convenient if you only want one.


#5

looping in Dan (@Poitrast) and @tim on the OpenAg hardware team to see if they’ve got any comment the quote for getting a PFC_EDU unit CNC’d.

thanks for opening this up to the group, @wsnook!
-h


#6

@Pierre We too are having issues trying to get quotes. We’ve had to convert all of the drawings into .STEP files and do some cleanup to get them in a shape that can actually be used in a request for quote. The price you listed sounds pretty in line with what I’d expect for a quantity of 1.

@Poitrast @tim @hildreth - If you want we can list some specific drawings and issues we’re having. Let me know and I will have @drewthomas89 upload some examples.

Another issue we ran into is that while there is a drawing for the reservoir tooling, there is not a drawing (that we could find) for the thermoformed reservoir itself. If you could please direct us to where that is located or upload the file (preferably a shelled model in .STEP format) for that component we would appreciate it.


#7

hi @Webb.Peter, @Pierre - yes, please post issues you’re having on this thread. i’m hoping it’ll help @Poitrast & @tim as we move along in design process.

cheers,
-h


#8

Seeking clarifications on what material to buy at Altec Plastic. Altec Plastic does not show up in the Excel worksheet tab named " Chassis material" but yet shows up in the tab “Chassis key”. Thanks in advance.