Vertical Retina Docks: Progress Update #2

As promised, we have another update as to our progress on the Vertical Retina Docks. As always, we thank you for your continued patience and support during these final stages before release. It is only a matter of weeks now until these docks are officially released and ready to ship. 

What We’ve Completed

Final tooling samples approved on chassis – The major issue from our previous post has been resolved - the ejector pins and their subsequent marks have been safely relocated to hidden B-surfaces, so the final tooling samples have been approved on the chassis. Our plastics supplier has worked out the proper flow and cycle characteristics for the molds to improve part fit and finish, ensuring a beautiful end product.

Upper and lower plastic liners of the Vertical Retina Dock, Metal Edition. No ejector pin marks!

 

Cable fitment adjustment – There was a minor lingering alignment issue with the inner liner and upper chassis on the plastic models that would cause the cables to catch on instillation into the port void if they were pushed too far through. This has been resolved with the last sample set, and cable fitment has been properly adjusted.

Fitment and accessory testing complete – Once the fit and finish and cable fitment were addressed, fitment and accessory testing was completed. This included testing the fit of the MacBooks in the docks, port alignment, various accessory arrangements, including Thunderbolt cables from Apple.

A hex key, inner port void lining, and adapter tools D and E.

 

Components and materials procurement complete – our Vertical Retina  Docks use materials and parts from 17 different suppliers, any one of which can hold up manufacturing. All of the parts have been allocated for the first manufacturing run.

While all of this is indeed great progress, there are still a few things that need to happen before these docks are ready to ship out.

What Needs to be Done

Mold finishing – Starting about a week ago, the final surface finishes to the molds began. This coincided with the approval of the tooling samples. Matte surfaces will receive their final texture and glossy surfaces of the mold will be polished to a mirror finish.

Pilot production – Once the mold finishes are complete, pilot production will begin. This is sort of a trial run of the full production line, where the manufacturer works out logistical issues and bottlenecks in production. Most of this process is familiar to our partners, but there is one new element for us to keep track of – the cable positioning from the factory. The Vertical Retina Docks feature preinstalled cables, easing setup and maintaining flexibility for end users, but positioning the cables at manufacturing requires new jigs, so we’re going to keep an eye on that process.

Manufacturing begins – After all of these elements are complete – setup, testing, and experimenting to bring the assembly line to life – the actual production run will only take a few days to assemble tens of thousands of units. Once we are at this point, we’ll promptly send out an email to our preorder customers, and purchasing will begin.

It’s been a marathon to get to this point – but the finish line is in sight! While we encountered some issues on the way, we are confident that our finished Vertical Retina Docks will be of the highest quality, unrivaled by any other product on the market. We cannot thank you enough for your patience and ongoing enthusiasm for these docks!

 

Vertical Retina Dock, Metal Edition
  • Jacob says...

    “We’ll have an update out either Sunday or Monday!” – that is probably gonna be yet another lie.

    On June 14, 2014

  • Henge Docks says...

    We’ll have an update out either Sunday or Monday!

    On June 13, 2014

  • Hans says...

    Whereas I fully understand you are probably doing your very best to get these docks out, it is taking a very long time.
    Have been waiting for this since February. And, as others are saying, am beginning to wonder if it’s ever gonna come out. Should I be looking at the competition?

    On June 13, 2014

  • Fabio says...

    So…… Have it ready at the end of the month and shipped at the beginning of next month right.

    On June 05, 2014

  • Fred says...

    It is becoming harder and harder to wait for this, one of your competitors released a very nice stand a few weeks ago and i have to start asking myself why i keep waiting for yours.

    At the very least there should of been a blog post on the 31st when you missed yet another timeline, not cool.

    On June 03, 2014

  • Jacob says...

    The problem is that it is just one lie after another. Either they are complete morons or they deliberately lie to us and keep us in the dark. Maybe they should take a course in customer service because they clearly have no clue to what that is.

    On June 03, 2014

  • Harry Cowan says...

    There has been an ominous silence for the past few weeks regarding availability. I, and many others, have kept faith in the product despite failed delivery promises, slippage on production and any meaningful feedback on when we might expect to get the dock. I registered my interest in February this year, now over 4 months ago!

    Do we need to go shopping elsewhere, I ordered this as part of a present and have disappointed wife awaiting the promised docking station.

    What is the problem, in simple language please!!!!!

    Harry

    On June 02, 2014

  • Dirk says...

    Any news? End of last month is over.

    On June 01, 2014

  • Marius Eikeskog says...

    End of the month and no news yet on the release. We now need a release date. Please! ;) I have been waiting for this product since early february.

    On May 30, 2014

  • Jamie says...

    @Jacob – They’ll find a tiny, almost imperceptible flaw in the plastic bottom side that no mere mortal would care about and delay it again. At the rate they’re going, they may not celebrate a 5th anniversary because they have very few things to sell but empty promises.

    On May 22, 2014

  • Jacob says...

    That is exactly the same you said a month ago or so, just that they would be available for purchase end April and shipping early May. Why should we believe it this time?

    On May 17, 2014

  • Henge Docks says...

    Our older comments weren’t deleted, unfortunately Shopify lost them for our newer blog posts in the move to the new site. We’re working on resolving this issue.

    As for our Vertical Retina Docks, they will be available for purchase at the end of this month, shipping in early June.

    On May 16, 2014

  • Jacob says...

    Also when they relaunched the website they deleted all the old comments with all the broken promises of launch dates. Very convenient.

    On May 15, 2014

  • Jacob says...

    David, that is likely not true. They keep saying that they will release it at some point at then when that point is reached they postpone it. My true belief is that it will never come or that when it finally does ship it will already be obsolete because Apple has moved away from the current MacBook Pro Retina line.

    On May 15, 2014

  • anonymous says...

    Hurry up and release this! I’ve been waiting 2 years for this. =(

    On May 13, 2014

  • Henge Docks says...

    David, They’ll be available at the end of this month!

    On May 09, 2014

  • David says...

    Any updates on when these will be released?

    On May 08, 2014

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