Onion Tau LiDAR Camera

An easy-to-use LiDAR camera that acts like a webcam for real-time 3D depth data

May 26, 2021

Project update 11 of 12

Production Update

by Lazar D

Hi everyone!

We’ve been working away, heads down on getting the Tau Cameras produced and ready to ship. Here is a quick update on the progress. Spoiler alert: it’s almost done!


Production Status

All of the Tau LiDAR Camera circuit boards are complete!

This involved:

  1. Manufacturing the PCBs (Printed Circuit Boards)
  2. Sourcing all of the required electronics components - which was a Herculean effort in current market conditions
  3. PCB Assembly - permanently affixing electronics components to the PCBs

We’ve included some photos of the production process. Check them out below!

Huge shout out to our manufacturing team for working tirelessly to make sure we could actually produce the Tau Camera given the current craziness in the electronics component market.

What’s Happening Now

Wrapping up production

Our contract manufacturer is currently attaching a lens and metal shielding to each Tau Camera, and then performing quality and functional testing on each unit.

This is underway and we expect it to be complete this week.

What’s Next


After testing, we will package and ship all everything in bulk to Crowd Supply, who will in turn ship to individual customers. At this point, we’re estimating shipments to customers to start mid-June.

Please take this time to check your delivery address, and update it through your Crowd Supply account if needed. Updating your shipping address helps avoid delays and get your orders shipped successfully. Once your order details have been sent out by our warehouse team for processing, it can be hard or impossible to re-route a shipment. Contact Crowd Supply Support with any shipping questions or concerns.

Production Photos

Solder paste printer applying solder paste to the bare PCBs

Next a pick and place machine places components (not pictured)

PCBs with components being fed into the reflow oven to permanently attach the components

Reflow ovens are really big!

And here’s two assembled Tau Camera PCBs, fresh out of the oven

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