Phase One Prototype is well on its way towards
completion in late February, to be followed by a Product
Launch in March.
was delivered to Bell Fabrication Corp. in Blaine,
Minnesota, in early January where brackets to hold the
covers and power rails were installed, after which the
guideway was trucked to our
facility in Fridley, MN on January 22nd.
Subsequently the covers were delivered from Innovated
Fabrication in Roseville, MN, and will be mounted on the
guideway exterior in the showroom in our facility.
The wiring in
the cabin (not pictured) has been installed and the
finishing work, including interior and exterior
surfaces, seating and other interior features, is well
underway at Excell Models + Prototyping, Inc. in
downtown Minneapolis. The cabin is expected to be
delivered by February 21st.
University of Minnesota Mechanical Engineering Research
Shop the Linear Induction Motors (LIMs) and Variable
Frequency Drives (VFDs) were mounted on the chassis,
along with the digital encoders for speed and position
measurement, shock-absorbing bumpers, and the parking
brake. Delivery of the chassis was made on January 30th.
Currently the chassis wiring is being completed for
and installation of the guideway and chassis in our
showroom, integration of these subsytems and testing of
the control system will begin. Integration of the cabin
and further testing will proceed once the cabin is
delivered. Carpenters, with thanks to Knutson
Construction Company of Minneapolis, have begun work on
the prototype station platforms.
launch team is preparing the showroom, including
painting and decorating the area. We are reviewing a
proposal by an interiors professional who will advise on
carpets, color schemes, lights, decorations, etc. The
team is also preparing a video, a CD, invitations, press
releases, and a new look to our web site. The product
launch is expected to take place in March.
One of the
principal purposes of building and displaying our single
vehicle prototype is to attract investment capitol for
the next much larger phase of our technology and
business develtopment program through both public and
private sources. For more information of our two-phase
technology development program, see the Prototype
Program page. The support, encouragement, and
interest we receive from a wide variety of sources keeps
504 private placement stock offering to fund the Phase
One Prototype program came to an end on January 31st,
having raised over $600,000. All 35 slots available to
non-accredited investors were filled. A new offering to
fund the larger more involved Phase Two Prototype
program will be announced soon, although by Minnesota
law this must be limited to accredited investors.
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of brackets on the guideway internal truss
guideway truss upon arrival at our facility;
facing the camera: Jeral Poskey (left), Mike
view down the guideway truss
guideway truss being moved into the showroom
guideway truss in place in the showroom