Another submission from Bruce Buck at SolidSmack brings us up close and personal with Logitech’s Trackman Wheel. Check out the stop-motion video of his dissection.
Materials and Processes for Industrial Designers.
SolidSmack contributor Bruce Buck gets bored. And when Bruce gets bored, he takes stuff apart (don’t we all?). There is sooooo much you can learn about product design and engineering by taking apart well-design (as well as not-so-well-designed) products to see what makes them tick. Let’s hear about Gut Check from Bruce himself:
Gut Check is a tribute to all the design, engineering, and manufacturing peeps out there using 3D/2D/Whatever-D day in and day out, to create and bring to life the products that we all use and enjoy every day. You’re the ones who are down in the trenches, making it happen. It’s also a look at the complexity and beauty of seemingly simple products. One look under the hood will reveal that almost anything is a “large assembly” and requires an enormous amount of time and effort to make everything come together in something that embodies the epitome of form, fit, and function.
I, for one, am a fan. Keep it up, Bruce and I’ll post some as well ’cause I LOVES to take stuff apart.
By the way, with regards to his “unexpected” finding of a weight plate, I too have found some interesting and curious additions of weight to products.
I loves me some product tear downs… One and Co designer Donn Koh shares the beauty (inside and out) of the HTC Evo 4G. Great products are those that look great far away and close-up (as well as when you tear it apart). This is the kind of stuff I’d like to see in museums–the blending of art, design and technology.
Boy, I loves me some product autopsies… In this Icon-o-Cast episode, LUNAR’s crack team of engineers dismantle an iPad and turn a critical eye toward the engineering principles used in this revolutionary new device asking, “Did Apple’s product designers throw out the rule book or did they follow generally accepted engineering principles?”
There’s some great little nuggets about spot welds and CNC machining and a nice companion to that video is the iFixit teardown with higher-res images.
Creative Director and Sketchbook Fanatic at Pensar Development in Seattle, Alex Diener gets down and dirty with an in-depth look at Design for Disassembly. With the help of Senior Industrial Designer Kristin Will, his Core77 blog entry lays out the rationale and methodology for a design strategy that considers the future need to disassemble a product for repair, refurbish or recycle.
The engineering section of the Hyundai Genesis website features a mesmerizing time-lapse video of a Genesis being completely disassembled like biology lab frog. Once disassembled, you can zoom in, pan around and examine the individual pieces.
The folks at iFixit have done us a solid by tearing apart the newly redesigned MacBook with a polycarbonate unibody design.So it looks like Apple is creating two tiers of products, using the machined aluminum for their premium offering and polycarbonate for the lower-cost option. From Appleinsider.com:
Earlier this spring, Apple restructured its notebook offerings by repositioning its aluminum unibody MacBooks as premium offerings under the MacBook Pro moniker, adding long-requested features such as FireWire and higher-quality displays. This left the company with just a single MacBook offering, a white polycarbonate model that retails for $999 but sticks out like a sore thumb when positioned alongside its peers.
So one question that’s been posed is: How is the polycarbonate case made? Machined or molded? So let’s take a look at iFixit’s images…
From what I can see, I think it’s molded… I would hope that they molded the polycarbonate since doing a lot of secondary finishing would be kinda expensive… but honestly I can’t quite tell since the big image of the underside shows recessed lettering that could be machined (although the little bit that would be required would be kinda crazy… but I wouldn’t put it past Apple…). So I’m 75% sure it’s molded….
Apple’s web site just refers to polycarbonate as recyclable, but doesn’t say the case itself is made from recycled polycarbonate (not bloody likely since recycled stock would have to have zero random bits of other colors which would never pass Apple’s standards). If anybody has had direct contact with one of these puppies, see if you can tell…
(Thanks for the tip, Vince!)