Alright @jaredx2… I just read through this thread while it was at 102 total posts, and saw your conversation stream as severely off the tracks. So I am reviewing all related posts to try and contribute.
This will either be helpful, or kicking the hornet’s nest. Whichever one it winds up being, do know it was meant to be the former. But, what I am seeing is that you (perhaps unknowingly) set this up to be nothing but trouble from the start.
You mention you are a teacher, so it is possible you have been modifying your behavior based on your students without realizing it.
By that, I mean the start of your post, where you set your tone as confrontational (by telling us how you are not being confrontational without having done anything which would lead us to believe that you are doing so… which is much the same as what I just did in THIS response, so if you ALREADY think I am being a jerk… that was intentionally done to show you how your own post read to others. Apologizing in advance has a reverse effect). Adding a statement of credentials to your apology in advance further sets the negative tone. Since nobody can check your credentials, mentioning them has no meaning. If you do know what you are talking about, it should come across in the points you make.
Again… these are the kind of mistakes very common among high school and early college age children. It is possible that your students have influenced your communication style.
Okay, long chunk of text before this was all about putting my foot either in the door or in my mouth. The actual reason I wanted to jump in on this discussion was because it looks like you feel that the initial question has been lost, and yet all discussion about how the question is lost is not bringing that question back to the front.
It appears that your question was whether or not…
This was in the MIDDLE of your 4,216 character long post which jumped from a rambling pre-apology to a final display of outside work. And it was stated in a parenthetical. I only realize that was your question because of allusions you later make to that one nugget (and hopefully you tell me if I am also missing your actual question, but please re-state your question succinctly when you tell me I am clouding it over so that it can be actually answered…).
To answer this particular question (even though my answer is secondhand at best): Yes, I am pretty certain that the units they sent to @marmak3261 and to Tested are the very units they would point to and say “Make me 10,000 of those!”
The problem, as outlined in the email announcing the delay, is that most units coming off of the production line aren’t copies of those two units. When your failure rate off the production line is that high (all we can say is over 50% based on the email anecdote), you cannot ramp up to producing hundreds a day.
So that is why the new timeline is a gradual production of units, leading to a ramp up to full production around mid-year 2017.
This post is already long enough without me picking apart all of the bickering which has happened since your first post. Ideally I haven’t added to that bickering with my decision to point out how it is all your fault (which is essentially what my opening section boils down to, but I did mean to say it tongue-in-cheek just now).
Discussion via text alone is difficult when people are clear headed. People are not in such a state of mind right now. So, especially with us rambling folk… nothing will go well.