Teardowns

Our rigorous teardown process carefully catalogs a purposeful product deconstruction. This method of obtaining indirect development experience is an important tool we use to deliver unique solutions for our clients.

Teardowns Diagram

Gyro Screwdriver

What happens when an electronic gyroscope is added to a powered screwdriver? Let’s see what the M3 Teardown team discovered…

Auto Opening Book Light

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.

Epi Pen Jr. Auto-Injector

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 …

Samsung Slide Phone

In our quest for really slick solutions to product challenges, we came across a perplexing feature on a sliding keyboard cell phone. Prior to the rise of touch screen phones this slide-type design was pretty common as a way to …

Kobalt Double Drive Screwdriver

The Kobalt Double Drive™ screwdriver sounded like a violation of mechanical efficiency: 2X output from 1X input. We had to figure out how this mystery mechanism functions – time for a teardown! The kit came with two Double Drive™ screwdrivers: …

Sonicare Electric Toothbrush

How do you improve the ubiquitous toothbrush? M3 set out to answer that question with its latest teardown project, a Sonicare rechargeable toothbrush. The manufacturer states that the product uses “sonic technology” to create a “high frequency and high amplitude …

Canon All-In-One Printer

One of our engineers had a printer with a damaged print head and he graciously donated its corpse in the name of science. This device is an ink jet color printer, scanner with automated document feeder, copier, fax, and memory …

Curling Iron

Temperature control on consumer products is all around us.  Think about all the devices you use that require temperature to be monitored and controlled: hair dryers, coffee makers, electric stoves, and, of course, hair care products.  The product teardown team …

Saltek Optical Mouse

The M3 Teardown team was tasked with getting rid of a dead rodent: the ubiquitous optical mouse. Like real, living mice, these computer accessories seem to be everywhere and tend to multiply rapidly. The teardown team seized the opportunity to …

Dell 2300MP Video Projector

M3 has video projectors in all of its conference rooms so it was only a matter of time until one went “belly up”.  Our patient for this report was a Dell 2300MP front projector with Texas Instruments’ DLP technology. The …