In most cases, a guide on iFixit shows the removal of a specific component for replacement. The guide shows step-by-step what must be done to open the device and remove the broken component. Since reassembly is usually just the reverse of disassembly, you don’t need to write reassembly steps. By default, each guide automatically concludes:
Of all the mysteries and injustices of the McDonald’s ice cream machine, the one that Jeremy O’Sullivan insists you understand first is its secret passcode.
Press the cone icon on the screen of the Taylor C602 digital ice cream machine, he explains, then tap the buttons that show a snowflake and a milkshake to set the digits on the screen to 5, then 2, then 3, then 1. After that precise series of no fewer than 16 button presses, a menu magically unlocks. Only with this cheat code can you access the machine’s vital signs: everything from the viscosity setting for its milk and sugar ingredients to the temperature of the glycol flowing through its heating element to the meanings of its many sphinxlike error messages.
“No one at McDonald’s or Taylor will explain why there’s a secret, undisclosed menu," O’Sullivan wrote in one of the first, cryptic text messages I received from him earlier this year.
As O’Sullivan says, this menu isn’t documented in any owner’s manual for the Taylor digital ice cream machines that are standard equipment in more than 13,000 McDonald’s restaurants across the US and tens of thousands more worldwide. And this opaque user-unfriendliness is far from the only problem with the machines, which have gained a reputation for being absurdly fickle and fragile. Thanks to a multitude of questionable engineering decisions, they’re so often out of order in McDonald’s restaurants around the world that they’ve become a full-blown social media meme. (Take a moment now to search Twitter for “broken McDonald’s ice cream machine” and witness thousands of voices crying out in despair.)
Mark Miodownik examines why electronic gadgets and household goods don’t last and are hard to repair and what’s being done to fix the problem.
Dare to Repair! A new law could help. From the summer manufacturers must make spare parts and instructions available for a range of electronic appliances. It's a law that aims to cut down on waste by making goods last longer
Across the country, hospitals and healthcare providers are joining a chorus of biomedical repair technicians (biomeds) demanding the right to repair medical equipment. That groundswell built to a big victory on Wednesday: California’s Senate Health Committee advanced the Medical Device Right to Repair Act, SB 605, by a 10-0, bipartisan vote.
“Dr. Smartphone,” “Mobile City Center,” “Docteur IT,” “iklinik,” “La clinique du téléphone cellulaire,” “Phonetime,” “iPhone clinique,” “Smartphone clinique,” “Phone services...” These are some of the names of a new type of business that has appeared in towns and villages in the past ten years: smartphone repair stores represent the most visible element of this ecosystem, but similar practices can be seen in hackerspaces, Fab labs, and temporary venues such as repair cafés. The services provided vary, but they tend to focus on the material elements of the hardware. Though the problem or issue is usually with the device’s hardware, repair technicians may also be able to address software issues; overseeing updates, changing settings, installing applications, or adding software and accessories not supported by manufacturers.
Drawing on a two-year field study in Geneva, Lausanne and Zurich, this book focuses on these independent repair stores and hackerspaces, and the practices of their technicians. How do these individuals come to end up fixing customers’ devices? How do they learn to handle products that were not designed to be repaired? And what can the mending of a cracked phone display tell us about skill, innovation, and the use of technology?
À travers cette publication, PiNG partage l’expérience accumulée pendant cinq années d’exploration collective : un mode d’emploi pour celles et ceux qui souhaitent développer des ateliers de réparation citoyen, une ressource pour qui s’intéresse à la question de l’obsolescence des objets électroniques et informatiques.
3D printing technology is increasingly being used to aid repair, especially in the creation of spare parts. We invited Bas Flipsen and Julieta Bolaños Arriola to talk about their work in the field and how 3D printing can help solve the e-waste crisis.
3D Printing Industry asked EOS, Spare Parts 3D, DiManEx, Ricoh 3D and Link3D for their thoughts on how 3D printed spare parts could help consumer appliance manufacturers adhere to the legislation, while avoiding large physical stocks of replacement parts and subsequent incurring costs.
Sustainability is a global issue, but much of our current focus is on the ‘visible’: the plastic waste in our oceans and piles of landfill. But use of our earth’s resources and its impact on climate are equally significant; recycling only recovers a fraction of the resources consumed and can potentially create even more toxic waste.
One typical mobile phone, weighing around 160g, can require up to 35,000g of the earth to be mined, and result in around 85,000g of waste, before you have even opened the box. Add to that nearly 80% of electronics is not recycled properly and the problem is enormous.
Making products last longer, through repair, reuse and refurbishment has the potential to make a substantial positive impact.
This project takes a constructive or solutions approach to this global issue; to identify and shed a light on repairers, re-users and solution providers.
We used to value our 'things'. They were precious; created from scarce resources and hours of human endeavour. But a combination of consumerism and mass production has lead to 'things' of short life, of less perceived value and much harder to repair and keep working. To compound matters, our ability to repair has faltered, driven by the combination of lack of knowledge, lost skills, product design that inhibits repair and a legal framework that makes it difficult to set up self or independent repair.
The overall project explores ‘repair’ from multiple perspectives: this first part takes a cultural perspective where the practice has not (yet) been lost or forgotten. The second part explores from a European ecosystem and capabilities perspective, with municipalities and community groups educating and re-teaching the public about repair and building new communities. Working with community groups such as Repair Café and the Restart Project provides access to the network of repairers, an opportunity to share ideas and information, and to help promote each other’s work. The third explores the slow rejuvenation of independent repairers.
The overall aim is to shed a light on those providing solutions, so we can make better use of what we have and build more sustainable approaches.
Hemos preparado esta colección de vídeos, artículos de prensa y blogs en los que aparece el Repair Café Madrid por si eres periodista o estás documentando algo sobre los repair cafés.
Repair Acts is an international and multidisciplinary network of people working on topics relating to repair, care and maintenance cultures.
A significant part of the waste we generate can be given a new lease of life. In this area, it is worth noting the work done by the Barcelona Metropolitan Area's Environmental Body, with its "Better than new, 100% old" and "Repaired, better than new" campaigns.
Simple ideas, basic skills and everyday materials that help repair & transform your old objects.
DRDs are ovoid, approximately 14 inches long, 10 inches wide and 8 inches tall, with two flexible black eyestalks with lights. They contain multiple tools and sensors to maintain and repair the Leviathan they inhabit, including a plasma welder which can double as a weapon.
Old parts, new parts or spare parts, you can shine no matter what you're made of!
The same principle need not be limited to food. “Repair cafés” could be places to meet and relax in every neighbourhood, and where you can also learn how to fix appliances and gadgets, mend clothes, or maintain bicycles. Community tool libraries could allow you to borrow a drill for some DIY or a projector for your next neighbourhood film screening. Seed libraries, where you can take out seeds in the spring and deposit new ones at the end of the season or swap compost for ready-to-use soil, could help people get involved in growing food.