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September Update

Finally, the very first units of the oven are going out and we’re gearing up for a next larger production series. Hard to believe, but it’s already a year since we decided to move forward on this project. It’s been an interesting ride: designing a brand new product in the midst of a pandemic. So many extraordinary challenges, from not being able to physically bring together the engineering team to a global shortage of steel and electrical components.

Stijn Vanorbeek

August Update

We finally got our first production parts out of manufacturing! The picture above is from the first oven being assembled for our first customer. I will send updates on the progress along the way. Now, with the supply chain craziness still going on, we can't build a large number of products at once. We can get some parts in quantities but others are tricking in and some even require small design changes. So this will be a bit of musical chairs sort of thing where we will assemble a number of units when we have all parts. It will be a bit slow and hard to predict at first but we hope to get better visibility on the process along the way. I hope to share some more build progress very soon, but I already wanted to share this as it is a major milestone for us.

Stijn Vanorbeek

No need to "shuffle" loaves anymore!

Recently, we ran a lot of tests and we have some good news to share: We are very close at leveling out temperatures across decks! In the graph above, you see how the baking temperatures are getting very close together after preheating. We can shorten the heat-up time but that results in a bit more difference between decks once we reach baking temperature. We were able to bake across the 3 decks without "shuffle", and only needed to take out the top loaves a few minutes early.

Stijn Vanorbeek

July Update

We are still trying to get parts through manufacturing, but unfortunately there still are plenty of supply chain challenges and not a lot of improvement. Last week, most of the brushed stainless steel sheet metal ran out in Southern California. Container ships are stuck in front of the port of Los Angeles and Long Beach and contractors are getting less than 1/10th of the material they ordered. So everyone is screaming for raw material and is having backlogs in manufacturing. Very unlucky for all of us, but it's something that is totally out of our control. So we keep on calling around and trying to get more parts done.

Aafje Van Bogaert

Juin Update

We have been baking and testing a lot in the last few weeks. The oven works great but as expected we needed to make some changes (mainly using another handle/lock mechanism) so we are putting that through the supply chain for testing. In the meantime, we are working on compliance. As we anticipated, this is a bit of a bureaucratic affair with a lot of paperwork and waiting but we are doing everything we can to get approval simultaneously with these updated units so we can start production right after.

Aafje Van Bogaert

Fans fixing a lot of problems

We added 2 fans to the top compartment and cut a hole in the bottom panel to push air into the air gap. This solution, in combination with the air venting holes, fixes a lot of our ventilation problems.

Stijn Vanorbeek

Venting, venting and more venting!

Adding air vents to get outside temperature under control.

Stijn Vanorbeek

May Update

As you may have read, at the beginning of May, we were finally ready to do the assembly of the oven and last week, I baked a lot of bread. Being able to bake 12 loaves at once truly is a game changer. Right now, we are iterating on a few parts (mainly because of the lock change and also some other smaller parts we want to improve). In the meantime, we are making progress on the whole UL process. We’re getting a bit closer to the pre-series build and production builds. A number of parts are already validated and good to go.

Stijn Vanorbeek

Promising first tests

We have reached a huge milestone today... We were finally able to test the Simply Bread Oven and yes, we can bake bread with it! There are some adjustments needed but nothing major we can't fix so I am excited to see what our next tests will teach us.

Stijn Vanorbeek

Prototype coming together

So excited that the first Simply Bread Oven is coming to life. I just can't wait to test it!

Stijn Vanorbeek

Oven Door Assembly

Parts are coming in which means we can start with putting together the prototype. First in line, the oven door!

Stijn Vanorbeek

Circuitry going into production

This is the 'brain' of the oven. It will be able to control temperature across decks and optimize reheating cycles.

Stijn Vanorbeek

April Update

News from the engineering front! We have locked down the design and delivered our engineering blueprints to manufacturing to build our ‘first articles’. These ‘first articles’ will be sent to UL for product validation and compliance. While we have done our homework on compliance and safety issues, UL can still send us back to the drawing board, resulting in delays. Fingers crossed! Once we have an OK from UL, we will start manufacturing our pre-series of 10 units (sign-ups for these pre-series are spoken for), this will take 4-6 weeks.

Stijn Vanorbeek

7 frequently asked questions

Welcome to our blog! In this article, you will get an answer to 7 frequently asked questions. Will you ship ovens all over the world? Eventually, yes. We will start with serving clients in the USA and Canada. For Canada, we are still trying to figure out if we want to do bulk shipments to a local warehouse and distribute from there or ship to individual customers directly. Let us know if you’re experienced with US/Canada imports!

Aafje Van Bogaert

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7 frequently asked questions

Welcome to our blog! In this article, you will get an answer to 7 frequently asked questions. Will you ship ovens all over the world? Eventually, yes. We will start with serving clients in the USA and Canada. For Canada, we are still trying to figure out if we want to do bulk shipments to a local warehouse and distribute from there or ship to individual customers directly. Let us know if you’re experienced with US/Canada imports!

April Update

News from the engineering front! We have locked down the design and delivered our engineering blueprints to manufacturing to build our ‘first articles’. These ‘first articles’ will be sent to UL for product validation and compliance. While we have done our homework on compliance and safety issues, UL can still send us back to the drawing board, resulting in delays. Fingers crossed! Once we have an OK from UL, we will start manufacturing our pre-series of 10 units (sign-ups for these pre-series are spoken for), this will take 4-6 weeks.

Circuitry going into production

This is the 'brain' of the oven. It will be able to control temperature across decks and optimize reheating cycles.

September Update

Finally, the very first units of the oven are going out and we’re gearing up for a next larger production series. Hard to believe, but it’s already a year since we decided to move forward on this project. It’s been an interesting ride: designing a brand new product in the midst of a pandemic. So many extraordinary challenges, from not being able to physically bring together the engineering team to a global shortage of steel and electrical components.

Stijn Vanorbeek

August Update

We finally got our first production parts out of manufacturing! The picture above is from the first oven being assembled for our first customer. I will send updates on the progress along the way. Now, with the supply chain craziness still going on, we can't build a large number of products at once. We can get some parts in quantities but others are tricking in and some even require small design changes. So this will be a bit of musical chairs sort of thing where we will assemble a number of units when we have all parts. It will be a bit slow and hard to predict at first but we hope to get better visibility on the process along the way. I hope to share some more build progress very soon, but I already wanted to share this as it is a major milestone for us.

Stijn Vanorbeek

No need to "shuffle" loaves anymore!

Recently, we ran a lot of tests and we have some good news to share: We are very close at leveling out temperatures across decks! In the graph above, you see how the baking temperatures are getting very close together after preheating. We can shorten the heat-up time but that results in a bit more difference between decks once we reach baking temperature. We were able to bake across the 3 decks without "shuffle", and only needed to take out the top loaves a few minutes early.

Stijn Vanorbeek

July Update

We are still trying to get parts through manufacturing, but unfortunately there still are plenty of supply chain challenges and not a lot of improvement. Last week, most of the brushed stainless steel sheet metal ran out in Southern California. Container ships are stuck in front of the port of Los Angeles and Long Beach and contractors are getting less than 1/10th of the material they ordered. So everyone is screaming for raw material and is having backlogs in manufacturing. Very unlucky for all of us, but it's something that is totally out of our control. So we keep on calling around and trying to get more parts done.

Aafje Van Bogaert

Juin Update

We have been baking and testing a lot in the last few weeks. The oven works great but as expected we needed to make some changes (mainly using another handle/lock mechanism) so we are putting that through the supply chain for testing. In the meantime, we are working on compliance. As we anticipated, this is a bit of a bureaucratic affair with a lot of paperwork and waiting but we are doing everything we can to get approval simultaneously with these updated units so we can start production right after.

Aafje Van Bogaert

Fans fixing a lot of problems

We added 2 fans to the top compartment and cut a hole in the bottom panel to push air into the air gap. This solution, in combination with the air venting holes, fixes a lot of our ventilation problems.

Stijn Vanorbeek

Venting, venting and more venting!

Adding air vents to get outside temperature under control.

Stijn Vanorbeek

May Update

As you may have read, at the beginning of May, we were finally ready to do the assembly of the oven and last week, I baked a lot of bread. Being able to bake 12 loaves at once truly is a game changer. Right now, we are iterating on a few parts (mainly because of the lock change and also some other smaller parts we want to improve). In the meantime, we are making progress on the whole UL process. We’re getting a bit closer to the pre-series build and production builds. A number of parts are already validated and good to go.

Stijn Vanorbeek

Promising first tests

We have reached a huge milestone today... We were finally able to test the Simply Bread Oven and yes, we can bake bread with it! There are some adjustments needed but nothing major we can't fix so I am excited to see what our next tests will teach us.

Stijn Vanorbeek

Prototype coming together

So excited that the first Simply Bread Oven is coming to life. I just can't wait to test it!

Stijn Vanorbeek

Oven Door Assembly

Parts are coming in which means we can start with putting together the prototype. First in line, the oven door!

Stijn Vanorbeek

Circuitry going into production

This is the 'brain' of the oven. It will be able to control temperature across decks and optimize reheating cycles.

Stijn Vanorbeek

April Update

News from the engineering front! We have locked down the design and delivered our engineering blueprints to manufacturing to build our ‘first articles’. These ‘first articles’ will be sent to UL for product validation and compliance. While we have done our homework on compliance and safety issues, UL can still send us back to the drawing board, resulting in delays. Fingers crossed! Once we have an OK from UL, we will start manufacturing our pre-series of 10 units (sign-ups for these pre-series are spoken for), this will take 4-6 weeks.

Stijn Vanorbeek

7 frequently asked questions

Welcome to our blog! In this article, you will get an answer to 7 frequently asked questions. Will you ship ovens all over the world? Eventually, yes. We will start with serving clients in the USA and Canada. For Canada, we are still trying to figure out if we want to do bulk shipments to a local warehouse and distribute from there or ship to individual customers directly. Let us know if you’re experienced with US/Canada imports!

Aafje Van Bogaert
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