The next batch of TTv1 & Triggertrap Shields


A lot of people are wondering that now that we've shipped out the first few hundred Triggertrap v1's, what about the few people who haven't received theirs yet? And what if you still want to order one?

Triggertrap v1

We've finally heard back from our manufacturers, and they say that the next batch of Triggertrap v1's are ready towards the end of this month. Quite why this has to take so long we aren't sure - the new acrylic casings have been completed and are just sitting in a warehouse.

As far as we are aware, all that needs to be done is to add the acrylic casings, 2 spacers, 8 screws, and place the TTv1 gently in a box, and the assembly is complete...

But, this is still manufacturing in China, and as we have been learning at great cost and frustration, it seems as if nothing is ever as simple as it seems...

Triggertrap Shield

So, we thought we were ready to start shipping the Shields at the same time as the Triggertrap v1, but when we checked our prototype, it turned out that our manufacturer had swapped 7 of the parts with other parts. Without asking us. which meant that the shield wasn't working correctly. It took us some time to find out what had been changed...

Some of the changes were obvious (like them helpfully swapping our side-aimed IR transmission LED with one that pointed straight up... Not helpful), but the trickiest one (which stopped the LCD display from working altogether) was that one of the diodes had been swapped with a different part that looks identical, but has different characteristics. We also had a 2n7000 that needed to be swapped with a BS170. Incredibly, they are both transistors, and they both look and work identically - except the pin-out is different.

Now, I'm pretty handy with a soldering iron, but when it comes to the nitty-gritty of testing individual components, I'm about as useful as a ballot box in a hurricane.

Long story short, I wasn't able to figure out what was going on, and had to ship the shield on to Michael, our electronics engineer extraordinaire. Of course, he spotted the problem in seconds, but that meant we do have to do another round of prototyping to make sure that all the replaced parts are playing nicely together.

What next?

Stay tuned, and we promise we'll keep you posted as soon as we know more.

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TL;DR: Additional TTv1's are delayed for unknown reasons. The Triggertrap Shields are delayed because Haje can't be trusted to spot the difference between a C2V4-5T and a 1n5221. What a n00b.

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