An industrial CNC mill is a serious piece of machinery. Rusty is about the size of a small Airstream trailer, and its instruction manual spans two-hundred mind-boggling pages that initially proved to be more mystery than anything else. In need of help, they hired two new hands: Their friend and CNC-master, Rizzo, to walk them through the ins and outs of the new tool; and Ken's younger brother Yuji, a wiz-kid programmer.
For the next nine months, Rizzo mentored Yuji on the mill, Ken took the lead with fabrication, and Joe pursued all possible marketing avenues while figuring out how his laser cutter could expedite the manufacturing process. This time was fraught with difficulty. The mill was as much Pandora’s Box as helpful gizmo and the case itself was an enigma due to the rounded geometry of the iPhone 3GS. Still, having gone all-in, there was no choice but to forge ahead.