Vapor Phase One

The industry's most flexible PCB soldering process

Aug 07, 2020

Project update 4 of 20

Improving the Heating System, Lowering the Funding Goal, and Extendeding the Campaign

by Saber Kaygusuz

Hi all,

In the interest of making Vapor Phase One even more precise, we are currently working on some improvements to the controls for its heating system and to the temperature sensor at the heart of that system. Below is a sneak peek at our new temperature sensor!

A Lower Funding Target

After discussing it with Crowd Supply, we were able to make a slight reduction to our funding target, which gets us that much closer to our goal of bringing an affordable, open hardware vapor phase soldering solution to market. We have reduced our target from $40k to about $35k, which corresponds to 12 Vapor Phase Ones (down from 14). While this change requires that we accept a higher production cost per device, we found a way to make the financials work out without increasing the backer price.

Extending the Campaign

With only two days left in our campaign, we were very much looking forward to publishing an update that would showcase additional features of Vapor Phase One. Unfortunately, the process of rebuilding the temperature sensor in our prototype has taken longer than we anticipated. As a result, and in consultation with Crowd Supply, we have decided to extend our campaign by a full month to ensure that we have time to share as much information as possible with potential backers. (Our next update will focus on the communication between Vapor Phase One’s touch screen and its controller!)

Stay healthy everyone. And stay excited! Thank you all for the support you’ve given us so far. We are more confident than ever that, together, we can make this happen.

The PCB Arts Team

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