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Japanese makers 3D print the first ever CPU opener – 3ders.org (blog)

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Mar 28, 2016 | By Alec

There is a thing odd of most engineers, who love tearing sophisticated machinery apart as much as they enjoy assembling it. To be fair, we’ve taken apart the occasional old desktop as well, and it’s a absorbing – if pretty challenging – project for a rainy Sunday afternoon. If you’ve at any time been in which situation by yourself, you will have seen which it is approximately not easy to open up a CPU / remove heatsink. Whilst different types of online tutorials are circulating, usually involving a hammer/chisel combination or a heat source, a team of Japanese makers has just 3D printed a CPU opening tool which has created CPU opening simpler than at any time preceding.
With the tool, they are in fact assembling on a thing of a tradition one of Japanese makers. Years ago, it became a thing of a trend to open up the earliest Intel CPUs to verify the high end of the original heat sink material and to study (and maybe actually improve) its contents. You can have tried it by yourself to separate Die heatsink at the time. But the outcome has been which equite generation of systemors have been meticulously attacked by Japanese makers and students, who wanted to seperate Die IHA and check them out. A dangerous hobby, as systemors are quite sophisticated objects which are quite easily damaged when opened.


This has outcomeed in different types of tricks and techniques for getting in there, but a team of makers of a keep in Japan’s Akihabara area (sometimes seen as the world’s premier nerdy shopping district), has now discovered a clat any time way to open the newest Intel Skylake systemor: a 3D printed opener / heatsink remover.
So how does it work? Well, it’s fundamentally a two-part tool which encapsulates the CPU of top to bottom. Just place the Skylake systemor face up in the middle. Clasp the top half on, and insert the screwdrivers in both sides of the contraption. By applying a lot of force to the screwdrivers, you can theoretically twist the lid off without the require for any dangerous sharp blades or other tools.


Theoretically, which is. The Japanese makers tested it with a cheaper Pentium G4400 CPU for their initially experiment. As the seal between the two CPU parts was quite sturdy, it was in addition heated with a heat gun for three to five minutes. The ‘Hercules’ in your team can and so apply all of his power to twist it off. If at initially you don’t succeed, they suggest via a heat gun a 2nd time. But it did work!


Of course, this is not a fool proof technique either. The method comes with its own risks, as the systemors can be broken in the system – actually the 3D printed opener can snap initially. But it is pretty the safest of all options around. If you are interested, you will unfortunately have to redesign the tool for by yourself. The tool is a one-of-a-kind contraption which took of twelve hours to 3D print, and there are no plans for selling or sharing it. But and so again, if you are mad adequate to open a CPU, mimicking this tool shouldn’t be much of a barrier either.

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