Prototype Bus Pirate probe cables with heat shrink labels arrived today. We sent professionally printed heat shrink tubes to the cable people (white) and they attached them to 100 cables. We printed our own shrink labels on the L-Mark LK320P and attached them to 100 cables in-house (yellow).
Results and cable giveaway below!
The cables look great, and the factory did a great job applying the professionally printed shrink tubes. The manufacturer complained though that it took 8 hours to apply the labels to 100 cables. Not great, that’s just over ten per hour. Yikes. We offered extra money, but they refused it. We’ll see how willing they are next time.
We also fired up the L-Mark and printed shrink tubes for 100 cables. Applying them is indeed a nightmare job. Each probe wire has to be peeled back, then the tubes applied and aligned before shrinking. We didn’t even do as well as the factory – maybe 10 hours total to get 100 cables done.
There’s still the question of yellow or white. We’ll leave it up to a popularity contest. Mention your preference in a comment below, tomorrow we’ll send a coupon code good for one probe cable to 20 random commentors. You choose your favorite, yellow or white, from the free PCB drawer. The most popular color will go into the first batch of Bus Pirate education kits and be available at Seeed Studio.