When we come across products that claim to be unique, look complex, seem interesting, or no longer work, we want to know the “how” and “why” of the product's design. We take apart products to learn valuable lessons from other product developers. By studying how products are designed, constructed, or failed, we expand our knowledge of design solutions.
We think critically about the products as we take them apart in order to deduce the design decisions of the original developers. By placing ourselves in their shoes, we expand our experience by imagining hypothetical design constraints to answer the “how and why” questions. In turn, we learn valuable lessons that we can later apply to our own product development process and share our findings with others.
03 UnderstandBy answering the questions below, we can then apply the learning into future brainstorming, concept exploration, prototype development, detailed design, design for manufacturing (DFM), cost reduction analysis, and maintenance/troubleshooting.
- Why were specific materials or components chosen?
- How was the size and shape maintained?
- Why were certain construction or assembly techniques used?
- How were specific features or mechanisms executed?
The ubiquitous touchless soap dispenser was selected for this teardown to better understand how it detects a hand, how the mechanism functions, and why it is so important to have the soap and tag colors match.
The Hand Mixer is relatively commonplace; easy to overlook as a standard part of most kitchens. A good one can last for years, and we’ve come to rely on them to do all of our egg whipping, dough kneading, and batter mixing.
The LED Faucet Light was chosen for our teardown because of its mysterious inner workings. The item attaches to any standard faucet and illuminates when the faucet is turned on. Additionally, the light color changes depending on the temperature …
The M3 Teardown Team wonders how a sophisticated product like the Diskus Asthma Inhaler is designed to be produced in such high volume and such low cost? Read on…
The M3 Teardown team wonders how this inexpensive digital kitchen scale achieves such good resolution. Read on…
It slices, it dices, it chops, and it blends! In fact, there are few cooking preparation tasks a food processor can’t handle these days. They’ve evolved to meet a growing demand for versatility in the kitchen and, by simply changing the blades and pressing a button, one can go from julienning carrots to kneading dough to pureeing peanuts in a matter of minutes.
What happens when an electronic gyroscope is added to a powered screwdriver? Let’s see what the M3 Teardown team discovered…
Book lights are faced with an inherent problem; to properly illuminate the page they need to be large and oddly shaped, but their primary use is on the go so they also need to be portable.
The M3 team recently disassembled a simple but intimidating product – an EpiPen Jr. Auto-Injector. It is used to quickly administer epinephrine to treat life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis). See how this powerful, yet elegant internal mechanism surprised our team. Download …