We have begun test casting of the steel tang/head of the Lil Trucker. This is the main component of the tool. See images below.
We are simultaneously creating molds (see also below) for the other parts - both for production in aluminum as well as glass-filled nylon - including the handles and the hub/knob components (for rotating and locking the Sawzall blade).
We continue to test 3D models. And while we really like the new design (see image) we've identified a number of significant tweaks that will have to be made. Mold modifications include adjustments to the can opener, nail puller, hub/knob and the strap cutter.
Realistically, we won't have Lil trucker units available for beta-testing till early September (with the much-improved Companion to follow later in the fall and which, consequently, will be shipped separately). But we're getting very close and I hope you'll agree that this is solid progress.
And for those who've asked and commented. Made in USA has (for me) never been about simply insuring the highest quality. Rather, it's primarily about supporting our workers and in turn - by helping to strengthen our economy - to reinforce the American values which inspire the world.
That being said, I am exploring the possibility of extending the Lil Trucker line to include a much simpler product - for the big-box stores - to be made overseas. This less expensive version - offered in addition to the premium, all-American model - would include only a fixed, custom blade instead of the replaceable Sawzall (available in so many varieties). I have a potential investor/licensee interested to fund my entire line of products.
Would value your feedback about all of this.