Update - 9 Jan 2016
Things are moving along quite well with the project. It will still be a while - but everything is on track.
This weekend the first six BETA units left LA for my guinea pigs. Three pairs of TXi/TXo modules. This was an opportunity to create the companion materials like the printable command reference, II bus connection instructions, the USB/Eurorack power warning, tiny bags of washers + screws, Eurorack power cables, and bus cables. Still don't have the antistatic bags or final environmental packing materials, but this was a good test run (and an eye-opener about how long doing all that stuff takes).
There is another far more technical thread that is focusing on clearing up any lingering issues with the Teletype's II bus. Massive progress was made over the weekend. We have been doing some pretty extreme tests to push the limits and help identify potential issues - in the category of "don't try this at home" kinda stuff.
The best news is that we are now successfully reading from the TXi on metro events without locking the Teletype! That was a thorny issue that had me losing sleep for the last few months.
We also saw some amazing performance with write-only configurations. Here is a quick video of the Teletype driving 4 TXo modules and Ansible. It is running a 10ms metro script that is pulsing 24 triggers and ramping 24 CV values from 0V to 10V. This thing ran for hours (ignore my alpha units):
We're still looking into read performance with lots of devices on the bus and have yet to work on a solution for typos that send commands to ports that aren't connected to the TT. The hard stuff, however, seems to be behind us.
THINGS ARE ARRIVING
Shipments are coming in faster than had been expected. This morning the PCBs (and Potentiometers) landed in LA:
The majority of the parts arrived last week:
Still a few straggling bits that got pulled into the backorder vortex - but it is all coming together.
CONTINUING TO WORK ON BUILD SPEED OPTIMIZING
There is a lot to build here soon. I've been working on 3D printing some build helpers to make the process go more smoothly. These little guys will help me put solder paste using a stencil on the back of PCBs that already have components on the other side. Need to print and test them - but I'm excited at the prospect. The PCB rocks around so much that I struggle to get the paste on (or to do things by hand). This will negate that.
Also, I'm making some build guides that call out component placement so I don't spend tons of time hunting around for and triple checking the locations.
Totally stole the idea from @c1t1zen - you should see what he does with a projector. Amazing! This as slides on a screen should save a ton of time and reduce errors significantly.