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Vertical Retina Dock Update

There is a lot of anticipation for our forthcoming Vertical Docking Stations for the MacBook Pro with Retina Display, and we want to keep you, our valued customers, informed as to our progress. Our forecasted release date for these docks has been delayed. At Henge Docks, quality is our number one goalTo uphold our high standards, we only ship when a product is truly ready. Keen attention to detail and rigorous testing is critical to every product we make. Our Vertical Docking Stations for the MacBook Pro with Retina Display are no exception. During a production review in January we found a cosmetic issue with the plastic inner liner that assembles into the underside of the dock chassis. A series of circular dents, called ejector pin marks, were stamped into the part surface during manufacturing. This component is produced by shooting high-pressure liquid plastic into a steel mold, also called “tooling,” of which there are two physical halves. When the two halves of the mold separate, the part is left in one half, and the ejector pins pop it out of the mold.

Ejector Pin Labels Angle

Designers take great care to locate these marks on non-visible surfaces. Properly positioning these marks is key to maintaining our high quality standards, and ensuring a beautiful finished product. Unfortunately, we noticed this error immediately before Chinese New Year, which set us back three weeks, as our manufacturer is in China. We want to ensure that these parts come back looking their best, and that new production techniques don’t affect other parts of the process, all of which need our approval for the final mold finishing. Once these elements have been confirmed, we will have a new release date. We expect to have another update out in two weeks. If prior to that we have more news, we will promptly pass it along. Delays are frustrating to all of us, and we thank you for the overwhelming continued interest in the latest crop of Henge Docks!  

Sincerely, Matthew Vroom, CEO

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14 Comments

Chelsea A
Chelsea A

March 17, 2014

Felix, thanks for your feedback! We’ve got a horizontal dock update in the works!

Felix Colaci
Felix Colaci

March 17, 2014

Great to see the progress on this one!
But what about your horizontal-dock-of-awesomeness? Didn’t hear any updates for a long time :o

Keep up the good work!!

Greetings

Felix

SR
SR

March 17, 2014

Not sure why this is an issue? You don’t see the ejector pin marks when the dock is sitting upright.

Chelsea A
Chelsea A

March 17, 2014

The image is of the inner chassis of the dock, a view of the bottom – what you see when you flip over the dock. The circles are the marks from from the ejector pins after they’ve popped the pictured part out.

Phillip
Phillip

March 17, 2014

I don’t exactly understand this blog post.

Is the image the mold? So when the dock is popped out, the ejector pins are visible on the dock?

Chelsea A
Chelsea A

March 17, 2014

As it’s the same lining, only different colours, it has delayed both models.

Chris
Chris

March 17, 2014

What about the metal one? Is that still on track or is it delayed as well?

Peter
Peter

March 17, 2014

Another delay, another excuse, nothing to see here, same old story

Marius E
Marius E

March 17, 2014

Hi, is it possible to connect the Mini TOSLINK audio cable to the audio port for those who use digital equipment?

Jamie
Jamie

March 17, 2014

So the ejector pins are on the bottom, that you only see if you turn it over, and you’re holding up progress because of this? Does it affect functionality of the dock? Does it make it wobble? Is it purely cosmetic and you’re just obsessively anal about something that 99.999% of the people chomping at the bit to get one of these wouldn’t even notice? I don’t get it.

Fred
Fred

March 17, 2014

The marks are visible on the bottom of the dock only? Does not seem like a big deal to me honestly but i applaud wanting to do better.

Jamie
Jamie

March 17, 2014

You’ll never get a chance to own one, so why does it matter?

Jacob
Jacob

March 17, 2014

/agree

Chelsea A
Chelsea A

March 17, 2014

Yes, it is!

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