See How The Amazing New Mac Pro Is Stamped From A Single Aluminum Puck [Video]

See How The Amazing New Mac Pro Is Stamped From A Single Aluminum Puck [Video]

Remember the Unibody MacBook, so called because it was milled from a single chunk of aluminum? Now that most of Apple’s products are made that way, you never hear the term “Unibody” any more – it’s like cars: you only write “16-valve”, “ABS” or “fuel injection”on the back when you’re showing off something new.

It’s time, then, for a new construction method, and the new “trashcan” Mac Pro has one. It’s called Impact Extrusion, and it is super cool.

Impact extrusion works by dropping a solid slug of aluminum into a hole, and ramming a piston in after it. The slug then pops out of the gap between piston and hole like a straight-sided metal balloon. It’s pretty spectacular[1]:

Incredible, right? I don’t know what kind of force is needed to make the edges of the puck pop up like that, but I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t want to get my fingers anywhere near it. It also looks a lot quicker than I imagine unibodying[2] to be.

I wonder how long it’ll be before someone uses this method to make an actual trashcan?

  1. This video does’t show any Apple products, just in case you were wondering.  ↩
  2. That’s what it’s called, right?  ↩
  • Market_Mayhem

    That’s pretty quick. I’ll bet it’s many times faster than how Apple made its cases for the old Mac Pro.

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