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What the hell are these chips made out of!!! I depinned an entire Pentium 1 to make a key chain and I threw at it every SINGLE thing I could! I used masonry bits (cuz it sounds like ceramic), hard steel bits, and diamond/carbide tipped bits!

NOTHING can pierce these things. I ended up trying to use a punch to knock a dimple into it so a bit could get a grip, and I just split the chip in half...

I even took a dremel cutting wheel to it and it went from 1/2" diameter to nothing in a matter of seconds!

Does ANYONE know what can cut/drill through these chips!?!?
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They're ceramic. As for what cuts them, i dunno.
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If they are ceramis though, you would expect a masonry bit to go thru one, and DEFINATELY a diamond carbide bit...but no luck!

Insane...their shell is SUPER dense...it's like glass almost.
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post #4 of 15
Diamond (or carbide) cutters. EDIT: Wait, you tried that hmm..... Are CPU dies electrcally conductive? If so: Wire EDM.
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You woulda done better off to use the heatspreader.
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post #6 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sideburns
You woulda done better off to use the heatspreader.
Ya, but then you would still have to get through the ceramic...
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Originally Posted by SoaDMTGguy
Ya, but then you would still have to get through the ceramic...

*shakes head*

NOOOOO man. If you use the heatspreder as a keychain, you just pop the heatspreader off, and use that....drilling a hole through copper is easy as heck.
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post #8 of 15
They're glass iirc.
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post #9 of 15
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Wow, thanks for all the replies guys. And yea, I kinda wanted to have the chip itself as the keychain. Plus, it had no heatspreader on it, Pentium1.

Anybody know what type of bit you need to drill through this stuff? "Glass iirc" as selectodude said...
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Of course they're glass... Super hard glass apparently.
    
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