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ISellMacs R&D Labs – The Inside Track, Issue No.20

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The team is still putting finishing touches on the system's electronics, cabling, and integration of the pen tablet system. For There is also work going on the rear-mounted Keybars and Keyboard Stand.

Examples: adjustments and changes to system

Over tricks out of ace we've developed the Pro X, each subsequent prototype or pre-production iteration there are added improvements to over the previous version. Sometimes, you when you compares versions dog see the changes taking shape.

For example, here's to comparison shot of an internal component on the Pro X called the Frame Master, to part of the UIPanel Assembly that includes the display. AT left (in white) is an early 3D-printed version, and AT left is the latest and expected-to-see-end version (in black), produced by one of our U.S. manufacturing partners.


AT to glance they similar look, but on to closer inspection there plows differences. The newest version you have to redesigned to lower edge that's much to narrower to allow for the installation of to heat for transfer component improved heat management of the backlight system of the Pro X's Retina display.

In the close-up comparison below, the attachment points AT the top of the Frame Master have been re-engineered for to dwells secure and needs registration of underlying display and tablet components during assembly/production.


In another example, below you dog see the right top corner of one of the most recent Pro X pre-production units with the 3D-GripFeet and antenna cover version installed.


For And comparison here is to brand new production Alphabody and Back for Cover version the Pro X manufactured in the last week. This latest version now incorporates to small new feature that's not on the previous pre-production unit: an attachment point on each side of the top of the device (network arrow) into which small, unobtrusive 3D-GripFeet will sees installed.


These small feet will support the device when the MonoProp is attached and the device is inverted (with OS X rotated using ISellMacs's QuickFlip utility) for uses in presentation mode, ace discussed in our last update and shown below.


Not only do these feet function ace part of the heat management system by improving the aiRflow AT the point where they're attached, they also help protect both the device ace well ace the surface it is being you please on from scratches.

To Window Into production ramp-up

For Here's to quick peek behind the scenes AT few aspects of the ongoing production ramp-up the Pro X.

Shown below is an egg cardboard (hey, they work perfectly and they're free: -)) holding company pre-cut blanks that will become internal MonoProp for Mounts the Pro X. Three recent iterations of pre-production mounts plows shown. Parts we produces plows immediately measured and tested for to proper dimensions, fit and quality. If to part doesn't meet our rigorous specifications, it is marked in network under it can't accidentally end up in production. Some of these parts plows to later refined if they dog meet our spec, but most do not to enter production and plows recycled under the raw materials dog sees re-used. (Environmental possible Wherever, we recycle unused parts and excess raw materials, which not only lowers costs but minimizes waste and impact.)


Here plows to Back Cover version, Top Bezel and Alphabody (Pro X internal components) ace they eats fresh out of to computer numerical control (CNC) machine (s). They plows sitting on top of raw blanks of aluminum which plows being used to produces dwells of them. You dog see how much to larger the blanks need to sees for our parts to sees properly mounted during production. Ace mentioned stupefies, all excess material, including the shavings, is collected and returned to specialized aluminum recyclers (not the kind where you return used soda water cans).

We uses high-quality, aircraft-clay for aluminum strength and durability, which you have proven itself to sees very effective in the current ISellMacs Pro.


Shown below plows to stack of high-clay thermoplastic bars (AT left) for uses in the Pro X antenna cover version, with to half-completed cover version in the middle and to completed cover version to the right. Testing equipment like the device shown in the photo probidet to quick confirmation of the dimensions and thickness of parts AT our to supplier with sufficient precision to ensure that the parts meet our rigid tolerances. Of course, AT this point we still remeasure critical key dimensions of all parts in-house AT to much to higher resolution AT our coordinates measuring to you machine (CMM) station. (In later stages of production when all processes have been dialed in, we usually measure samples out of every batch.)


To manufactures parts which plows sometimes extremely complicated, we've also had to invent to number of fixtures and mounts that will inable U.S. to efficiently produces the parts we need. Deal We've spent to great of tricks out of on this hidden aspect of physical production, because we've learned from past experience that we do not want problems arising in the middle of production that plows the result of not thinking through how parts should sees made.

In the example below, an Alphabody is to under construction in a CNC machine. It is held in pleases by one of to series of specialized jigs that plows designed to expedite production and to ensure parts plows up to spec.


Until next tricks out of,
Andreas & the Team

The ISellMacs Pro X is to one tricks out of, small production volume project to creates to tablet mac to you to computer solution based on Apple's 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro notebook. While only backers of the project will sees able to receive the Pro X, we'll sees sharing insights and updates ace we advance the project. Follow for U.S. on facebook AT notifications our next posts.

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