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Hi everyone, things are slowly falling into the right places, so I thought I'd start a thread to give this project a bit of an audience. Haven't really got a name for it, but temporarily I'll call it 'the grinder project'. For years I've been annoyed with the fact that the market is filled with grinders that offer not a lot for a lot of monies. Even paying big bucks doesn't give you a product which is perfect, far from it, you get something which was designed for a cafe environment (nothing wrong with that to be honest, but still a problem if you are looking for the ultimate solution), which retains a lot of coffee, doesn't dose properly, forces you to use WDT or other distribution methods and overall simply doesn't represent good value for money. Having successfully converted a used Mazzer Major to a doserless, E-type, grinder I thought the next natural step would be to build a grinder from scratch. I've toyed with a few ideas, spent too much time on the web researching, built an MDF prototype, designed / re-designed / designed / re-designed far too many times and finally got a step where I'm slowly getting parts done to assemble a full scale metal (aluminium) prototype. Here's a short list of things I've had in the back of my head all the time and things which (hopefully) will be incorporated in the design: - zero retention - fuss-less grind adjustment, none of the usual manual methods and wrestling with the grinder to turn a massive collar, or lock something in place - ability to use a hopper approach or single dosing - weighing system for dosing - grind-tamp-lock, eliminating the need for WDT or redistribution 'Looks good on paper' I can hear you say:) to be honest the above is harder to implement than I thought it would be, but fingers crossed, the final model will tick all those boxes. I'd love to share a photo or a drawing, but due to the fact that the grinder uses some new ideas (never used before in the grinder world) that will have to wait. I'm not sure whether I can protect the design in anyway (patenting seems like a possibility, but I haven't talked to anyone in a patent office yet. Oh and it costs monies), so the only way to make sure I don't see it sold by someone else is to limit the amount of sensitive information given away. I can share however that the grinder will not be small and will not be flimsy:) sorry to all those that hoped for something similar size-wise to a Versalab, but that's not going to happen, I needed quite a lot of space to pack all the magic making stuff inside and so it's 465mm x 190mm x 350mm (H x W x D), weighing at around 25kg, so close to a Robur. Look-wise it's more 'technical' than arty (not really a surprise due to my background), but hopefully not too bad looking. The idea is to have this made and ready for the Titan Grind-off event later on in the year. Of course there's plenty of assembling, testing etc. to be done before, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Any questions, let me know, I might be able to answer them at this stage:) Regards, T.