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Hello world!

I’m Arthur—technical writer, teardown engineer, researcher, and photographer at iFixit.

I have the illustrious honor of taking devices apart, identifying components, figuring out how things work, and showing others how to fix stuff. In addition, I perform electrical analysis and research how emergent tech works.

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A day at the office: working on Google Pixel 3 guides

Education

I graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a master’s degree in electrical engineering, with a focus on control systems and mechatronics. Along the way, I designed high efficiency DC power circuits, grew organic OLED panels in a vacuum, and programmed a small swarm of robots to autonomously navigate and map out a cluttered room. My thesis work involved training neural networks to detect hidden structural faults in commercial buildings using acceleration sensor data. I enjoy both the theoretical and practical hands-on nature of my degree.


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Making single pixel OLED panels in vacuum

“By teaching, we learn”

Much of my time at iFixit is spent instructing people how to fix stuff by writing step-by-step repair guides. So far, I’ve written over 180 guides for devices ranging from Rug Doctors to iPads. As I research, disassemble, and document repair procedures, I’m always learning something new. Working on smartphones necessitated a good understanding of how lithium-ion batteries work; writing Rug Doctor guides taught me how to remove rivets— something I haven’t had to deal with in smartphones…yet.

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Installing a rivet onto the Rug Doctor


I am also a member of iFixit’s team of teardown engineers, publishing informative, in-depth reports on the inner workings of newly-released gadgets such as the Magic Leap One and the iPhone XS. These teardowns include chip analysis and explanations for complicated concepts (such as waveguides) in layman’s terms.


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Identifying chips for the iPhone XS

Interests

I’m curious by nature; I enjoy exploring long-forgotten roads, trying non-mainstream food, and disassembling new smartphones! I like retro, well-designed mechanical machines; I own four typewriters and drive a Suzuki Samurai.

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Driving the Sammy on Quatal Canyon road

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Commentaar Gids

  • OnePlus 5 Battery Replacement
  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) Screen Replacement
  • Google Pixel 3a Screen Replacement
  • MacBook Air 13" Retina 2018 Teardown
  • MacBook Air 13" Retina 2018 Teardown
  • iPhone 4S Battery Replacement
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 Motherboard Replacement
  • Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G Teardown
  • Black and Decker LDX172C Battery Replacement
  • Google Pixel XL Display Assembly Replacement