When someone wants a custom flashlight, they may, or may not, have certain features that they would like included in the light–either technical requirements, i.e., twist operation or click switch, LED lumen output, battery, etc. or certain design elements that they would like to see, i.e., simple straight sided light, tapered waist, anodized Titanium, or a specific metal that yields a certain look, such as Mokume Gane or Damascus.
I take all this input and then set to work modeling a light in Solidworks 3-D CAD software. Then I can send the client either some renderings, or even an eDrawings file to review. Then, it’s usually back and forth with revisions, until the client is satisfied with the design. Only then do I start machining.
The time from commissioning a light to actual delivery varies considerably, depending on the backlog of orders that I might have at any moment, and also depending on the complexity of the design’s machining. Usually the wait is about two to four months.