[GTA04] When is the next and more powerful openmoko releasing

W. B. Kranendonk wankelwankel at yahoo.com
Mon Oct 25 13:09:29 CEST 2010

--- On Sat, 10/23/10, Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller <hns at goldelico.com> wrote:
> Well, an alternative approach could be to open a funds for
> a new injection mould. I.e.
> a "Openmoko Case Production Foundation" (or German e.V.).
> Everyone who gives
> some money for the funds can buy cases at a reduced rate.
> And everyone can buy a case.
It sounds as a viable alternative.

> An injection mould costs somewhere around 20-100 k EUR. So
> if we get
> 300 community members to donate 100 EUR into the funds...
A friend of mine used to be in the injection mould business; he designed and produced the moulds in Vietnam.
I asked if he got some advice or an idea what the cost would be. I showed him my freerunner as example of where we come from. His input:
- nice design (@freerunner)
- moulds at 0.2 mm precision are not a problem, 0.1 mm requires more effort
- depending on design, moulds start at some 6000 euro (or dollar, slipped my mind)
- one case needs more than one mould
- besides Vietnam, Czech is another country that can provide moulds at competitive prices

Cases like that of the Freerunner, with more than one plastic, need more than one mould per piece. To say more of the price, it is necessary to have the design available. The most affordable option he says, would be to reuse Openmoko's mould if it is available.

All in all nothing conclusive or very new I guess, but I liked to give the input anyway.
Best regards,



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