An inside look: Beta Units!

Here at Switchmate, we care (we really do) about designing around our customers. Since the beginning, we’ve been shipping prototypes out for people in our beta test program to try out and to tell us their feedback!

Today, we’d like to give you a look into how we build and send out our prototypes.

1) 3D printers are awesome. We press “print,” wait a couple hours, and the plastic parts come out!

3d printer

2) Inspection and assembly. We inspect our circuit boards, and assemble all the components together by hand.

board inspection

3) Prototypes ready to go. After testing them out on our app and testing fixtures, the prototypes are ready to ship out.


4) Packaged carefully. With plenty of care and thanks for our willing testers.


5) Boxed up, shipped out! Addressed to each of your homes and shipped from our local post office.



Big thanks to all of you who have helped us test so far. We’ve received overwhelming support for our beta test program, and are still making our way to ship prototypes to each of you. Wishing all of you a wonderful holiday season!

12 thoughts on “An inside look: Beta Units!”

  1. Switchmates – We, http://www.TriadSemi.com, are kind of like “3D Printing for Custom ICs.” You cannot get a chip fab’d in hours with our approach but we recently kicked off a project with a customer a and delivered working prototypes before Christmas! When the time is right and you want to drive down the cost of your electronics (and make them smaller) we would love to talk. We help you cost effectively and rapidly convert ideas into working custom mixed signal ICs. Is our production unit price reasonable? Our customers shipping millions sure think so. So do our customers just starting out. Cool product. One of my guys, Luke Beno twitter: @lgbeno is at CES if you want to chat.


  2. Great device ! I have a question:
    I’m assuming the magnet arrangement you’ve designed holds the Switchmate firmly in place.
    Had you considered using the switch’s cover plate screw threaded holes w/ longer screws to secure the unit, as wall socket multi-adaptors do?
    Not as aesthetically pleasing, but certainly very secure, although not a plug n’ play snap on design.
    Thanks and kudos for your creativity.


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