tsaieh wrote in post #16317610
i don't think they will release the aluminium slider anymore as they mentioned it took too long to make the slider.
The thing holding up the aluminum slide is that we're trying to figure out demand.
Those are machined parts, and machine shop demand has risen sharply as the economy picked up. We launched the original Cinch with CNC machined parts back when shops around here were work hungry. Now that they are not, prices have gone up, 6061 aluminum prices are up 25% and lead times have increased.
We never thought demand for the machined parts would be very high, but were going to do a run of about 50 or so. With machine shop time getting so expensive though, those 50 were going to cost us through the nose. The fact is, we were never going to make much profit from making this run of aluminum bits, but we also aren't a position where we can afford to make 200 sets of expensive aluminum parts, sell 30 of them and be sitting on 170 unused, beautifully machined Luma pull tabs.
Right now, we have two more projects that use our 3/4" webbing with slide adjusters. Our small camera strap is mostly developed but we are hunting for the right material for it (which is proving to be a challenge). We also figured out way to not infringe on one company's patent while significantly improving the utility of a produce we once made and had to regrettably pull from the market. Given that both those projects could benefit from having machined slide adjusters with the pull tab, it puts the prospect of making that part as an accessory back on the table.