Happy New Year!
Sorry for the long silence. Truth be known I took a nice vacation this December and consciously avoided as much XOOT work as possible. It was a relaxing time and I hope your time went well too.
Now back to XOOT’s current pickle.
The manufacturing cost is high and we’re really trying to stick to our $500 retail price target. The problem is there’s not a lot of room for profit at that price. We’ve been chasing down a couple ideas but so far none have borne fruit.
Why is it Costing so Much?
There are over 100 custom parts that make up a XOOT system (not counting all the off the shelf parts, screws, bearings and ect…).
- The XOOT design is effectively two arm systems in one. (see the drawings in the blog title)
- The first set of arms attach to the back of the desk then attach to the second set of arms.
- The second arms stand on legs and pivot the screen toward the user.
Why two arms systems? The full expansion got complicated. I ended up creating a whole web page to explain it. See the page: Deep Dive: Anti-Topple Arms – XOOT
- The XOOT design uses an electrically powered, touch activated, braking system.
This means power supplies, circuits, wires, electromagnets etc… This makes moving the screen smooth and easy but adds to the cost.
- Each XOOT system uses over about 30 lbs / 13 kg of steel. This makes for heavy duty rigid arms to hold the screen steady when drawing.
- The XOOT system is designed as a professional quality device. We put a lot of thought into making a product that will last and be upgradeable as new drawing screens come out.
Bear with us while we keep working through these issues.