At the end of October we took a visit to one of the factories that's making the Pocket Drivers to see how production is coming on, and it means we got to do some in person quality checks.
Now that the individual components which make up the Pocket Driver have been made it all feels much closer! Being able to check components at this early stage means we're able to catch any early faults and prevent them slipping through, and it's way easier to get them fixed up now than it is to do after they've been hardened or anodised or assembled or polished! There's still much to be done, but we're so excited to see everything coming together.
The factory we visited specialises in CNC machining and turning. We nabbed a photo of one of many magnetic bit cases being machined; you can really see how precise it all is!
They also have, a Tsugami BO124 CNC Swiss Lathe, which was pretty awesome to see! Watching the pieces that will eventually become the Pocket Driver feed through the machine was pretty incredible. The Swiss-type CNC is especially good for at machining longer, slender, more complex parts. It's specifically designed for producing high-precision parts, which is exactly what the Pocket Driver required. The Swiss machine rotates the part that's being cut, while also moving the part back and forth against the cutting tool. This means the part has more movement paths, so the machining tolerances are much more precise.
Often, Swiss machines are used for medical devices to aerospace components.
Our ability to use state of the art equipment like this means we can get pretty incredible results for products that usually wouldn't see this type of machining, and that's exactly what MetMo is all about. Bringing precision engineering out of the industrial world and into a tool that anyone can hold in their hands is really special, and we can't wait to add Pocket Driver to the list.