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Heatpipe Bonsai

coating a Bonsai in copper and using it as a heatpipe
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Passive CPU coolers are usually heatpipes connected to vanes. Considering they consist entirely of copper, aluminium and water, they are very expensive. Often they are built to have a certain aesthetic appeal as well.

I propose to make the construction much more expensive, but also much more beautiful.

Users can choose from a wide arrange of bonsais. The bonsais are cut off at the thickest section of their trunk, and electroplated with copper to a thickness of about 2 mm. The wood bonsai is removed, and the inside of the hollow copper bonsai is filled with sinter and water, then depressurized to 10e-5 bar. The bonsai can now be mounted on the CPU, providing a branching heatpipe with integrated vanes, and beauty.

The avid modder will of course have a forest of bonsais she cares for, trying to coax them to grow into ever more fractal shapes. Forums will host huge threads of modders/growers discussing the pros and cons of monocotyledones versus dicotyledones and the like.

loonquawl, Apr 29 2009

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       Excellent idea. I don't think you can directly electroplate wood, but I will assume for now that that is an easily fixed detail.
Srimech, Apr 29 2009
  

       Would it not be simpler to mould the bonsai rather than electroplating wood?
miasere, Apr 29 2009
  

       Bamboo might be easier.   

       Would this be possible with leafing foil?
phoenix, Apr 29 2009
  

       [Srimech]: I never tried electroplating wood, but i guess first coating it with something conductive might do the trick (it does for other non-conductive materials like stone) - as the bonsai is not recoverable anyways, the caustic electroplating fluid would be no problem, though the dissolving wood might be a problem for the fluid...   

       [21 Quest]: The fad would bring a net increase in the number of bonsai, is my guess. And [bigsleep] got the removal method right.   

       [phoenix]: Bamboo is not fractal enough for cooling purposes, i guess; and leafing foil is probably not applicable to the desired strength (vacuum on the inside, so ~1bar pressure from the outside - not the wickedest of stresses to so small a tube, but a tube made from leafing foil might fail nonetheless..)
loonquawl, May 13 2009
  

       CPU could be a large miniature weeping willow, etc. right down to the RAM heat-spreaders which could be small hedgerows. Opportunities for movement using delicately placed bimetal strips...could be modelled instead of requiring the death of a small tree, and in glass for lighting effects.
FlyingToaster, Aug 01 2009
  

       I read in a book ages ago about Aquadag, it's supposed to make a conductive layer and then you can use electrolysis to plate non-conductive stuff.   

       Actually, in the Victorian times there was "a plate your dead relatives" service like this make a very cheap statue...do the plating, drill holes in the soles of the feet, burn out the content...not many takers I think. Maybe a departed goldfish, lots of area on those fins..   
      
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