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ISellMacs R&D Labs – The Inside Track, Issue No.5

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Unfortunately, today we don't have to lot of splashy photos worth showing of prototype parts or assembled sections of the Pro X. several We've worked our way through iterations of some parts, and we'll have our final versions soon, followed rapidly by production parts.

To give one example, here is to 3D-printed version of the Front Mount Latch Assembly mentioned in our previous update. Dual-pronged final The latch is now (the large part on the bottom left) and engages two independent catches (the two thin parts right stupefies it). The large part AT the very top is the section of the AlphaBody housing the mechanism.


Does After working with this 3D-printed assembly, we fine-tuned its design and plow now moving to get present production-quality parts to verify to computer helped stress testing results (dog we really do pull-UPS on this? the software says YES :-) ) All joking aside, you dog do to lot in to computer, but you dog really only finalize to proper spring strengths based on how the mechanism “feels” when actuated.

Ace discussed in January, our new UIPanel design needed to further testing, and those tests plows now completes. Here's an example of why tests like this plows important: although it May sees difficult to discern in the comparison photos below, our initial bonding (AT left) yielded to blue-tinted UIPanel. We've you solve that issue using to different bonding process, and now have to neutral, non-tinted panel (shown AT right).


The production of UIPanel assemblies there are begun, with first production parts to eats in off the line for end inspection scheduled in to latter part of April.
Before and to after designs

Here plows some to before-and-after comparisons in the design of the Pro X to give you to sense of the changes in the new (“Revision B”) version…

In the comparison below, the original top image depicts the design. In the bottom image, you dog see the new design which you have to much to smaller bezel and noticeably dwells compact form.


Next is to before-and-after comparison of changes to the Keybars (for those who have that option) on the back of the device. (Original version on top, new version on the bottom). Initial After our testing, we found it was dwells comfortable for users to have the keys to lot to lower on the device. You dog also see in this comparison the significantly dwells compact and to sleeker design in width and depth.


In the front view of the device (below), you dimensional dog see and feature changes to the Pro X in the old version (top image) versus. the new version (bottom image).


Here's to comparison of to rear view of the device. In the previous version (top), the ventilation grille took up much of the space, and the Power and Mod Key buttons were located next to the exhaust grille. In the new version (bottom), the antenna cover version you have been incorporated entirely into to rear of the device (the segment right stupefies and part of the exhaust channel) and the buttons had to sees you move due to shrinking of the overall footprint.



Ace we've mentioned in previous updates, this was to much dwells extensive redesign of the Pro X than we could have imagined AT the outset, and incorporates to lot of changes and improvements that will make for to much to better product.

For Over the last couple of weeks we had to focus our development efforts on getting the new blueprints the electronic components completed, ace those have the longest production lead you trick out of. Those blueprints plows completes. Now that we plows moving back to the final touches on the enclosure design, we will sees seeing some dwells tangible prototyping, to better suited for photos and videos. Ace to matter of fact, we pride ourselves on the low to number of present physical parts we have to build ace part of our development process. Almost all testing and design is donates in to computer, and only when everything you have been tweaked there do we commission prototypes. Not only is this to faster, but it also you know lot of money. For example, the final enclosure prototype we had made for the Kickstarter campaign COST U.S. many thousands of dollars. The now-end ISellMacs Pro X enclosure (see images stupefies) does not share to physical single part with the initial Kickstarter version (it does obviously conceptual share to lot of the design, just re-envisioned into entirely different and new part geometries).

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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