someone has been in charge of manufacturing a 78% smaller version

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The appearance of macmini with the Apple M1 chip in November 2020 was proof that the packaging did not matter. That chip ended up being used in several Apple laptops and desktops, but something curious happened with the Mac mini: it wasn’t so small.

The gut analysis from that team soon made it clear that the old chassis was too big for the team’s circuitry. That computer could be much smaller, but Apple preferred not to touch the chassis. Now a user has taken the opportunity to redesign it, and a Mac mini has been made that is 78% smaller than the original.

And with MagSafe 2 connector

Quinn Nelson, from the YouTube channel Snazzy Labs, recounted in a detailed video on YouTube how he had achieved it. The process began by gutting the Mac mini M1 and discarding everything that was not strictly necessarysuch as the fan or the rear cover of the connectors, in which the Wi-Fi antennas or the power button were also located that could be repositioned.

The power supply was one of the main challenges due to its 22-pin connector, which at first seemed difficult to retrofit to a more compact design. A detailed analysis ended up resulting in a curious setup in which I reused a 65W adapter from a Microsoft Surface tablet that “spliced” into the circuitry of a MagSafe 2 connector from an old 15-inch MacBook Pro. Problem solved.

Apple M1: anatomy of a revolution

The final design tried to combine all the components avoiding any possible risk of overheating but reducing the volume of the chassis to a minimum. After completing the project in a CAD design application Nelson et al. they ended up designing a chassis inspired by the Mac Pro and its characteristic grid of holes. Design available for anyone who wants to try to reproduce this process.

To build that chassis, yes, they resorted to more advanced solutions than those that could have been provided by a conventional 3D printer, and they ended up using an MSLA printer (Masked Stereolithography), more advanced and that avoid those typical stretch marks that appear in models created with cheaper 3D printers.

The result, of course, is surprising: Nelson achieved a fully functional Mac mini M1, with a MagSafe 2 power connector and is 78% smaller in volume than the original design.

It is not the only redesign of the Mac mini that we have seen these days: recently a variant appeared that combined this equipment with an iPad mini to create a curious laptopfor example.

Bearing in mind that an Apple event is coming up in which maybe we’ll see a new Mac miniit will be interesting to see what changes Apple makes to the design.

The appearance of macmini with the Apple M1 chip in November 2020 was proof that the packaging did not matter.…

The appearance of macmini with the Apple M1 chip in November 2020 was proof that the packaging did not matter.…

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