MULTIMORPHIC’S NEW FACTORY

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      MULTIMORPHIC’S NEW FACTORY

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      When production of Multimorphic’s P3 pinball platform began, the assembly was undertaken by a contract manufacturer. Now all the pre-orders have been fulfilled, current and future machines will be built in Multimorphic’s new facility in Round Rock, Texas.

      The Multimorphic factory in Round Rock, Texas
      The Multimorphic factory in Round Rock, Texas

      Inside the 5,000 square feet building nearly all the floor space is used for game manufacturing. Everyone works on the floor, so there are no offices and only a solitary meeting room.

      An overview of the Multimorphic factory unit
      An overview of the Multimorphic factory unit

      Game construction uses multiple parts and sub-assemblies built either in-house or coming in from external suppliers. Deliveries have to be inspected, checked and measured before they become stock items.

      Stock items on the shelves at the back of the building
      Stock items on the shelves at the back of the building
      Items on the front shelves are ready to go into machines as they are assembled
      Items on the front shelves are ready to go into machines as they are assembled
      Cables on the front shelves ready to go into the next machine
      Cables on the front shelves ready to go into the next machine
      Building and testing of sub-assemblies
      Building and testing of sub-assemblies
      Slingshots and flipper assemblies are built in-house using custom frames
      Slingshots and flipper assemblies are built in-house using custom frames

      Some parts are 3D printed in the factory. During our visit, they were making fan housings for the magnets on the Cosmic Cart Racing playfield module.

      3D printing fan housings
      3D printing fan housings
      A completed fan housing takes around three hours to make
      A completed fan housing takes around three hours to make
      Trough sub-assemblies
      Trough sub-assemblies
      There are many different screws, bolts, nuts and posts used to build a machine or a module
      There are many different screws, bolts, nuts and posts used to build a machine or a module
      Building games and playfield modules
      Building games and playfield modules
      A complete Lexy Lightspeed playfield module
      A complete Lexy Lightspeed playfield module
      Monitors for the Cannon Lagoon playfield module alongside speakers and subwoofers
      Monitors for the Cannon Lagoon playfield module alongside speakers and subwoofers
      Magnetic cabinet and backbox artwork in a custom-made drawer unit
      Magnetic cabinet and backbox artwork in a custom-made drawer unit
      A newly-built Lexy Lightspeed P3 machine
      A newly-built Lexy Lightspeed P3 machine

      Playfield modules can be bought separately, so these are assembled in the factory too.

      Separate upper playfield modules for Cosmic Cart Racing
      Separate upper playfield modules for Cosmic Cart Racing

      So far, Multimorphic have three upper playfield modules – Lexy Lightspeed, Cannon Lagoon and Cosmic Cart Racing – along with their associated games, but they are working on a fourth which will only be revealed once it is available to buy

      The mysterious fourth playfield module
      The mysterious fourth playfield module
      Some of the games available on the P3 platform
      Some of the games available on the P3 platform

      When we visited we got to play the new four-player head-to-head Cosmic Cart Racing using the two machines above plus two more elsewhere in the factory.

      The head-to-head play will allow machines across the world to play together through an internet connection to the Multimorphic servers. It is this connection which enables owners to download new games and updates

      Like the monitors and speakers, the packing material is stored overhead
      Like the monitors and speakers, the packing material is stored overhead

      That concludes our look at the Multimorphic factory, but you can hear company head, Gerry Stellenberg, talk about the new facility, the reasons for the move, how the machines are built and plans for the future in a special bonus edition of our joint podcast with Jonathan Joosten of Pinball Magazine.

      You can play or download the podcast here.

      Special bonus podcast with Gerry Stellenberg and Ed Vanderveen
      The Multimorphic facility
      The Multimorphic facility

      Thanks to Gerry and the Multimorphic team.

      As we were visiting, they were loading up their van to take games to the Texas Pinball Festival where they will be demonstrating the linked four-player Cosmic Cart Racing game as well as many of their other titles.

      You will be able to see their stand in our extensive TPF 2019 show coverage.

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