Just yesterday, Dave, our Technical Lead, landed back in the UK after his two week long trip to Taiwan to visit our manufacturing partner. Whilst he was there, Dave helped out with our pilot manufacturing run of FLIT-16s - which we're excited to say went very smoothly and is now complete!
Dave in the frame factory, matching parts to the drawings.
Welding and assembly of our pilot run is complete!
You may remember from our previous update that the first (very shiny looking!) CNC parts had been made. As soon as Dave arrived in Taiwan, welding and assembly of the parts began! This involved using special fixtures to make sure that the parts stayed in the exact right place during welding.
Dave checking one of the manufacturing fixtures (these are used to hold parts in place) before welding.
The chain stays being welded to the yoke (this is part of what we call the 'rear swing arm', which is the rear part of the bike that swings under when folding).
Dave looking very pleased with the finished part! These chain stays are relatively tricky to manufacture, as they are tapered (they get smaller in diameter towards the end), oval shaped and curved!
Aligning the main frame on the alignment table.
Assembling the front part of the FLIT-16! This photo is from the test assembly (before the bike is painted), which is a crucial step in checking that the fold works. We'll be sharing photos of the fully assembled ebike very soon.
Since he's been in Taiwan, Dave has had a chance to film the entire production process, from CNC milling to welding to alignment to assembly! He's even had a chance to get some behind the scenes footage from the paint factory (so we can share our first glimpses of the Blaze Orange paintwork with you very soon!).
Once we have compiled all the footage, we'll be sharing a video with you so that you can get a view of what production looks like!
Dave will also be explaining some of the processes involved in the building of the bike in in more detail, for those of you with more of an interest in the engineering side.
In a couple of weeks time we'll be sharing our behind the scenes video with you, but if you have any questions in the meantime please feel free to drop us a line!