We’ve gathered the latest Spectrum development news for you. Let’s take a look!
New to the project?
Welcome! We summarized Project: Spectrum’s critical milestones; hope it helps to quickly onboard you with our crowd-development journey.
Stand’s hard tooling
In the last update, we introduced how Spectrum’s latest hard tooling shapes its enclosure. Spectrum’s stand now follows as we create mass production tooling for high volume production, meaning that all newly produced Spectrum development samples use the same manufacturing procedure as the finished products. As we improve the stand and enclosure’s quality phase by phase, Spectrum will soon be ready for the production lines, where we move on to test their quality and create samples for external certification.
We use die-casting to manufacture Spectrum’s stand, after which our factory polishes the aluminum parts to acquire a smooth surface. Then, the parts are spray painted to give them their premium look and feel. The stand looks clean and minimalistic from the outside; however, its inner structure is more complicated than what many of you may expect. The stand comprises twenty-one individual parts, including the tilt hinge and height adjust mechanism, also assembled from separate parts by our factory.
Spectrum stand parts
Quality assurance (QA) testing of the stand involves specialized machines that inspect the paint’s resilience to rubbing and scratching, check the hinge’s durability by tilting it several thousand times, and examine its stability when subjected to extreme temperatures, corrosion, and fast deformation. This allows our manufacturer to spot imperfections in the current tooling, die-casting, molding, or painting processes and adjust accordingly to improve the stand. Soon the parts will be assembled by qualified production lines composed of operators, automation equipment, and fixtures, where the operators will perform quality control (QC) testing to make sure everything functions according to spec.
Hinge tilt cycling, temperature, and paper rubbing test machines
Our factory also manufactures monitor stands for brands such as ASUS, Acer, HP, and Dell. Here they are performing assembly line QC procedures similar to what they will be performing on Spectrum.
Besides refining the stand itself, we are exploring the best layout for the stand packaging to cut down the usage of materials, trim box size, all while guaranteeing your Spectrum stand can arrive safely. Drop tests will be conducted for safety assurance. We expect to use expanded polyethylene (EPE) as our stand packaging material, which is good at anti-vibration and has a relatively simple recycling solution.
Stand packaging concept and development sample
Gaming test, and more
Xbox One S compatibility test on a recent Spectrum sample
We hooked our new Spectrum samples up to an Xbox One S and a PC, gaming on them to test compatibility with titles such as Forza Horizon 4 on the Xbox and Titanfall 2 on the PC. Spectrum was driven by a PC via DisplayPort in the mixed video footage above, running 4K at 144Hz.
Other tests such as brightness, thermal, and electrostatic discharge are being conducted. We will bring more detailed information after these tests are completed and we inspect the results.
Your wallpaper on Spectrum
‘Stand Above’ by @Brendon_Leenheer, on a recent Spectrum sample
We would like to shout out to all creators who joined our community wallpaper contest! Your stunning wallpapers have let Spectrum shine with its wide color gamut and show-off its perfect black screen. We’ve tried our best to capture these scenes beautifully; however, as our product manager @Kira remarked, these wallpapers look even nicer when you can see them on Spectrum with our own eyes.
‘created by v1’ by @Juan_Hidalgo, on a recent Spectrum sample
The contest poll is ongoing – come vote to help decide our winners, and download some awesome wallpapers while you’re there!
New samples will be sent to selected journalists and press by the end of November. We will have a lot to show you guys in the coming weeks. Talk soonTM!