Black CNC photos

June 1, 2009
Posted by: gruso


These images aren’t the moving kind, but playing some Pet Shop Boys in the background may help. What you see here is a black CNC milled testing prototype, looking mighty close to the final product (minus a little sheen). Screws don’t play well with prototypes like this, so just try to ignore those little strips of tape. More pictures on the forums.



  1. What are these prototype cases used for? what kind of tests are run on them?

  2. Initially they’re just made to make sure everything fits together. They have gone through a series of them because it’s impossible to pick up every little issue until you build one. With each new one they’ve made changes like case thickness, entry hole sizes (eg. for the keypad), hinge design, and all manner of other small things.

    First they made black FDM (rapid) prototypes, which give an overall impression of how the product feels. Then there were white CNC prototypes to show up stress points in the case. Next was the transparent CNC prototype, which allowed them to see inside during assembly. Seeing a black CNC now is a good sign; it means they don’t have to test those other areas any more.

    Last we heard, the hinge was the last part of the case they were testing. Hopefully this means they’ll be ordering mass production cases very soon.

  3. o.0 i came

  4. thanks for the logic Gruso, that clears some unmentioned thoughts 😉

  5. wwwwwwwwwwwwhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaatttttttttt!!!1!1
    awesome, thanks team for the update c:

  6. Wow, we’re really getting close now! Looks to me about 2 months.

  7. i just shat myself

  8. LOL @ poisonedV

  9. please please please send me the pandora before 27 juli.

  10. wow really, MP any minute now.

  11. The 2 months thing is getting old, why not change it to 1 month and get people a little more optimistic? (“See! it changed! that has to mean something!” etc…)

    Still happy I pre-ordered… 🙂

  12. There is something about this, that’s that’s so black, it’s like; “How much more black could this be?” and the answer is: “None, none… more black.”

  13. “Blacker than the blackest black, times infinity!!!!!”

  14. its so black it kills light

  15. It’s on Engadget 🙂

  16. Gruso, thanks for the picture and your explanation.

  17. I hope I get tape on mine.

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