FreeRunner Pricing and PVT update

steve steve at
Wed Apr 16 19:07:18 CEST 2008

One goal of freeing the CAD , freeing the flesh of the phone, was to enable
others to seize these opportunities.
So, the CAD files for the FreeRunner are out there, before it has even
shipped. I think this decision is
The per piece cost of plastic is small.  Go price a pound of plastic. The
risk is tooling. We reduced that
by making CAD data open.
Long LONG ago, you had to pay big set up fees to Print a document. That has
come down over time.
 I want to enable a world were you can print parts. Trust me, I am not happy
when I tell people
that they cant get pink. If you want pink, you should get pink.  
That doesnt entail that I should build pink. I enable people to make it pink
by publishing CAD files.
If you think pink, then I'll sell you the electronics that go under those
pink platistics

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Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2008 9:18 AM
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Subject: Re: FreeRunner Pricing and PVT update

>From the involvement I've had with injection molding the costs of material
(ie the plastic) per piece it not very expensive, it's the mold tool that is
the expensive part.. For one project I'm involved in I think the mold tool
was something like $10KUSD.. This is a production quality (read high
quality) tool... I have heard of cheaper tools out of china I think (like a
few $K), but don't think the quality is as good..

Just my 2c

Neil Davey

Hugo Mills wrote: 

On Wed, Apr 16, 2008 at 06:32:09PM +0200, Peter Kraker wrote:


Someone with a knack for business should simply grab those CAD files and 

start manufacturing replacement cases in gazillion different colors.


   I thought the same. So I've picked an injection moulding firm more

or less at random, and asked them about the costs and processes

involved -- just to see what it would take to do.





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