Monday, February 6th 2012

Quanta Purchasing CNC Machines for Unibody Manufacturing

As notebooks get slimmer with the advent of Intel's Ultrabook specification, designers will be faced with hurdles when it comes to choosing the right materials that give their products the sturdiness of conventional notebooks, while not adding to the weight much. ABS plastic might not cut it anymore, and designers might be forced to follow the footsteps of Apple, by designing chassis similar to its Apple Unibody, which is milled out of a single block of aluminum, and offers better structural rigidity and heat dissipation compared to ABS, at those extremely compact dimensions.

Major notebook ODM Quanta Computer is making large scale purchases of CNC machines to gear up for an influx of designs (mostly Ultrabook), that employ metal uni-bodies. Quanta is a contract-manufacturer to some of the biggest notebook brands. With the increasing labor costs in China possibly set to affect ODMs' 3-5% gross margins, ODMs are becoming more aggressive about controlling their costs, and vertical integration has become a major tactic to help reduce costs. What this means to the end-user is that a good proportion of Ultrabooks will employ metal uni-bodies.

Source: DigiTimes
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4 Comments on Quanta Purchasing CNC Machines for Unibody Manufacturing

#1
Hokum
Hmm electric death... Having had shocks from plenty of Dell's with metal bodys this is going to get worse.
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Mussels
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Hokum said:
Hmm electric death... Having had shocks from plenty of Dell's with metal bodys this is going to get worse.
i got a good zap from the headphone jack of a laptop the other day due to its power plug being loose and only one contact connecting.


maybe thats why apple use those fancy magnetic power connectors, to negate these issues?
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Radical_Edward
Mussels said:
i got a good zap from the headphone jack of a laptop the other day due to its power plug being loose and only one contact connecting.


maybe thats why apple use those fancy magnetic power connectors, to negate these issues?
I thought they had those because Apple fanbois were so drunk with their products that they were trippin' :laugh:
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m1dg3t
If there was a coating of some sort's, like paint, on the unibody i think it would negate any chance's of an electrical shock. Interesting to thing's progressing in this direction, me likey :)
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