Glitter iPhone case leaks caused by glue process issues
Sealed products are very difficult to get right. When we heard that 19 people suffered serious scarring from the leaks, we got a few to investigate.
Out of control! Nintendo Switch controller suffers from manufacturing variation
Antenna connectivity is tricky because antennas are sensitive. We acquired a set of Nintendo Joy-cons to investigate.
Instrumental spills the beans on taco assembly
Here at Instrumental, a core cultural value is our love of food. That’s why we've recently expanded to improved the taco assembly line.
Beyond the Teardown: How we think about failure analysis, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 edition
When Sam and I decided to teardown a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 to see if we could understand why some of them had caught fire, we didn’t just rip it apart and take some photos. We engaged in a real failure analysis (FA) process.
Aggressive design caused Samsung Galaxy Note 7 battery explosions
We acquired a Galaxy Note 7 and with a fire extinguisher close at hand, tore it down. We used an Instrumental station to document the process. What we found was surprising.