Inside the Vibrator Factory: Anna's Manufacturing Update #3

Hi beautiful Lioness Pride!

I’m back. Did ya miss me? James and I have been at our factory in China for the past week and I have lots of exciting news to share! We are here in China doing an FOT.

7 days of: eating and debugging.

7 days of: eating and debugging.

What’s an FOT?

Glad you asked. An FOT stands for “first-of-trials”. It means with our newly completed tools, we are attempting to make the first parts and check how everything assembles together. FOTs are extremely important because as your parts come off the tool and you assemble it all together, you will need to: determine parts in the design that need to be revised, change specifications, check for quality of all components, set up testing equipment, and fix cosmetic/color issues. That’s what I’m here in China doing!

What beautiful vibrators molds you are.

What beautiful vibrators molds you are.

So how’s everything looking?

Beautiful. Honestly, I wanted to tear up a little seeing the silicone molds make its first batch of Lioness parts. This is something we’ve been working on for over 3 years and to see it come to fruition after so much talk makes me remember why I became a mechanical engineer in the first place.

This is the very moment I wanted to tear in happiness! Silicone molds in the making.

This is the very moment I wanted to tear in happiness! Silicone molds in the making.

What are the next steps before it can ship?

The short answer: a lot. There’s still a lot of work to be done, of course, to make Lioness ready to ship. We want everyone that preordered a Lioness to get one the way we intended it to be. That means, we REFUSE to cut corners, haphazardly rush, or settle for second-rate quality of our vibrators. In order for us to do that, we will be going on many more frequent trips to China working closer and closer to perfecting our product for shipment. 

Our beautiful, deconstructed Lioness babies. 

Our beautiful, deconstructed Lioness babies. 

Can I see more pictures from your trip?

Okay, I'm sure no one actually asked this question, but I'm going to share anyways. I didn't take 3GB worth of videos and photos not to share! 

Some of our PCBAs looking so lovely.

Some of our PCBAs looking so lovely.

The medical-grade silicone before it goes into the molds. Reminds me of baking cookies.

The medical-grade silicone before it goes into the molds. Reminds me of baking cookies.

Dong Benedict chicken with his fancy hat ready for dinner.

Dong Benedict chicken with his fancy hat ready for dinner.

Baby Lionesses asking if they can join the pride.

Baby Lionesses asking if they can join the pride.

I had way too much fun making this gif.

I had way too much fun making this gif.


Until next time!

Love/Anna