Developer Kits have been shipping for some time now and we are aware that the most pressing question for many of you is "When will the AXIOM Beta evolve from a Developer Kit to being a production ready camera?" This article should help to answer that question, but keep in mind that the camera has been carefully designed to evolve constantly.
For a detailed itinerary of outstanding tasks and a statement on expected timeframes please see Mission Briefings on the project's Wiki.
Metal Full Enclosure
The work on completing open tasks related to enclosure design is progressing well (Additional help is always appreciated however). We have started visualizing current Full Enclosure CAD files with photo-realistic renders in order to allow for reviewing parts more easily and seeing how things fit together better - allowing viewers to get as close to virtually feeling the camera parts in hand without actually having physical components ready.
If you read our recent Pick and Place Machining article you'll know that we're in the process of automating manual electronic production workflows in-house. Good progress has been made calibrating these machines so that the pin-point accuracy required for populating printed circuit boards is successful. We'll commence the production of automatically produced test boards soon - the problems are always in the details though and small problems can cause the entire process to grind to a halt. This has taken considerable time and effort to master and it was important that we made efforts to accommodate for increased production volumes ahead of shipping AXIOM Beta II's (preferably without relying on third parties) but thankfully our working on Pick and Place machines also allowed us to push open source development in this regard upstream so that other communities can benefit.
Software Rewrite, Camera Control & Automatic Firmware Builds
Besides these there are more challenges ahead of course - Once you start selling a product (developer kits are explicitly exempted here) it has to meet certain standard criteria and acquiring certificates such as FCC or CE are mandatory and far from straight forward - the process requires studying law regulations, passing electronic emission lab tests and having various technical formalities approved... these things can be quite expensive and take time too, but as the project negotiates its last remaining hurdles continued patience is greatly appreciated. As always with a community project like ours, your feedback, support and ideas regarding these topics is valued: Contact us
It's not too late to contribute or assist either. We humbly accept donations and if you'd be willing to contribute your time and skills you can find first steps to joining the team here. We'd sorely like to redesign the website and some works have been completed in this respect, but as no one on the team is a web developer currently this tends to get put onto the back burner. If you have Drupal experience and would like to help we'd love to hear from you so please do contact us, or if you know anyone who'd be interested in the project then feel free to pass a link to this article on.
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- Camera structure - A complete guide to the camera's specifications and components.
- AXIOM Beta sample videos - Uncompressed .mov .mp4 and .dng files in 720p, 1080p and 4K are archived here if you'd like to play with them.
- Pre-order notification - Receive an email when a more user-friendly version of the camera is ready to ship.
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- AXIOM Project Background - How apertus° and the AXIOM project got started.