Wednesday already? Time flies when you’re having fun, or while you’re neck deep in projects with ridiculous deadlines. A tangled mess of  wires doesn’t help either. What to do? Shake off the mid-week doldrums by taking a peek inside your favorite and perhaps not-so-favorite gadgets. Grab your toolbox and get inspired!

This week’s entry: Just a plain ol’ Ribbon Cable

Top Level Components & Sub-Assemblies: 210

  • Most unexpected surprise: Man that’s a lot of wire.
  • Most difficult item to access/dissassemble: Snap tabs holding the wires to the pin connectors break easily. Probably because they weren’t designed to be disassembled.
  • Unsolved mystery: Holy moly, I can only imagine the stamping dies for the pin connectors. Perhaps you could build your own set of typesetting sort with these buggers?

What is Gut Check? 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.

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