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Reverse Engineering: Toaster Disassembly

Reverse (Fall 2013)Sean Murray

Inside the humble electric toaster lies a history of engineering. Each resistor, spring, lever and circuit board is an exhibit in a tiny museum of problem solving.

Ben and Nik begin disassembly.

We began by testing our toasters and reviewing the Rules of Taking Stuff Apart. 

The toasters (purchased second-hand) work! Let's take them apart!
Frances holds her testing equipment, right before making it a snack.
Kai and Earnest disassemble the

Kai and Earnest disassemble the "chassis". Clever manufacturing abounds--most of the joints are bent metal tabs--an inexpensive alternative to fasteners. 

Next week, we'll try to put the toasters back together. 

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