Cardboard PC Concept Case Nudges in on Plastic
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Concept gadgets with a green edge are rolling out right and left, thanks to the Greener Gadgets design competition. The latest one to set the blogosphere abuzz is this concept for a cardboard PC case.It's a pretty basic idea, one we've seen as far back as 2005 - create a case for a simple computer, and ditch the plastic in the process. But it has a few bugs to work out before this design could be considered for reality.
The idea is to use corrugated cardboard cut in specific shapes and layers to house the necessary components of a PC - motherboard with processor & memory, power supply, and a hard drive. The designer, Brenden Macaluso, states there are only four processing steps needed to create this, which are the die cut, gluing (with non-toxic white glue), printing and electronic assembly.
Sounds pretty great, right? Less impact in manufacturing, and in recyclability. However, if it were as cheap and easy as the designer states, why wouldn't major computer manufacturers have already started in on this years ago? One word: Heat.
How are the components cooled if there is no place for a fan or other cooling system? The designer says the air spaces created by the corrugated cardboard solve that dilemma, however as CrunchGear points out, "it is more likely that the heat would be absorbed as it goes out what are essentially innumerable paper straws."
The concept is a good one - use recycled/recyclable low impact materials to create a casing that allows existing hardware to be used. However, the same low impact result can be obtained by going to a computer store and picking up a used plastic or steel computer case for your DIY computer project. They're more durable, last longer, and can be kept in the stream as long as users are recycling-savvy.
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