**Introducing the APEX 1000**

Model 3943A-FMP

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The final handle

*should* look something like this. I'll consult with the injection molder to design a proper energy director for ultrasonic welding purposes. Five pilot holes for screws are designed into the bottom.

The handle screws into the pilot holes in the base.

The feet are screwed into feet pockets in the bottom cover.

A look at the lid on, off, and then on and off again loaded with 43mm chips. The internal and external dimensions of the racks are the exact dimensions of a newer Bud Jones rack.

Peg compartments and finger holes. The heads of the pegs protrude into the finger hole a bit for easier removal. The peg pockets wrap around the neck of the pegs, which keeps them in place. The finger holes are a 1/2" long, 1/2" deep, and about 1/4" wide. Enough for a pinky or index finger to flick out the pegs.

43mm peg positions.

39mm peg positions.

If you're curious about the model-naming scheme, I'm still toying with it, but:

The number value - supported chip sizes

The A, B, C, D designation - indicates chip capacity - A is 1000; B, C, and D will be 800, 600, 400, respectively

F is for "Flat," C will be for "Compartments"

MP is for "Modular Pegs," IP will be for "Integrated Pegs"

For those that want to understand completely--and I imagine that's most of you poker gear geeks

--here's the full list of potential model numbers that we hope to offer one day, even if some are on a limited basis. It will probably not be feasible to make all of the tooling for all of this, but nonetheless, the number scheme should allow for it:

APEX 1000 - Model 3943A-FMP

APEX 800 - Model 3943B-FMP

APEX 600 - Model 3943C-FMP

APEX 400 - Model 3943D-FMP

APEX 1000 - Model 3943A-CMP

APEX 800 - Model 3943B-CMP

APEX 600 - Model 3943C-CMP

APEX 400 - Model 3943D-CMP

APEX 1000 - Model 39A-FIP

APEX 800 - Model 39B-FIP

APEX 600 - Model 39C-FIP

APEX 400 - Model 39D-FIP

APEX 1000 - Model 43A-FIP

APEX 800 - Model 43B-FIP

APEX 600 - Model 43C-FIP

APEX 400 - Model 43D-FIP

APEX 1000 - Model 39A-CIP

APEX 800 - Model 39B-CIP

APEX 600 - Model 39C-CIP

APEX 400 - Model 39D-CIP

APEX 1000 - Model 43A-CIP

APEX 800 - Model 43B-CIP

APEX 600 - Model 43C-CIP

APEX 400 - Model 43D-CIP

I'm hoping that profits will be sufficient to justify offering every possible size and configuration.

Next move: order the 3D printed prototype, which I'm going to do now.