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Thought it might interest you to see how Alphacool designs and manufactures their GPU from nothing to the finished product so we will take brief look at what happens and how it works with pictures courtesy of Alphacool.

Stage 1: Getting the block

Once Alphacool have received a block they test it to make sure it is in working condition, evaluate the performance of the card and use laser temp sensors and thermal imaging to identify the cards "hot spots" idle, under load and overclocked.

Stage 2: Scanning

The card is stripped down and cleaned and then is scanned using a high tech 3D scanner that Alphacool can then use to build a render that they use to start to design the block

Stage 3: Render


Here the block starts to get designed from the scans and virtual testing begins






Stage 4: 3D print tests

Once the basic designs are complete the block is then 3D printed so that the block can be test fitted, and issues can be easily identified







Stage 5: Re-print / Adjustments

If any mistakes are spotted the design is altered, re-printed and tested.

Stage 6: Production

The design is confirmed and is sent to the factory for mass production. (pics to follow)
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Very cool. It's amazing how easy it is to go from nothing to perfection these days. People used to have to line draw this stuff with dial calipers...
    
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3D printing and scanning are such a boon these days. Always nice to get info on the making of parts.
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I wonder how it has been before 3D printers.
Was it just like that except with cutting the metal?
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Thanks for sharing this. Pictures or video of the actual production and machines used would be great too see.
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The white over the pcb is very attractive. Any chance of having a limited edition white version for the upcoming Nano? An Alphacool white Nano block with clear bridge would look amazing in my upcoming rig.

It's always interesting to know how things are made, thank you.
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People used to have to line draw this stuff with dial calipers...
And still do it that way wink.gif It is much faster and does not require tons of post processing. Depending on the size and complexity of the card a 3D scan takes up to four days (said by Alphacool in a video) while drawing a block in CAD takes only a few hours for an experienced person.

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I wonder how it has been before 3D printers. Was it just like that except with cutting the metal?
We also own a 3D printer but do not use it for prototyping since it takes way too much time. Milling the real thing just takes a few minutes but of course requires to have your production on location.

Pascal showed us one way to do it but it does not mean that this is the standard way how blocks are made nowadays. I am pretty sure every company has its own way which will differ a lot here and there.
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And still do it that way wink.gif It is much faster and does not require tons of post processing. Depending on the size and complexity of the card a 3D scan takes up to four days (said by Alphacool in a video) while drawing a block in CAD takes only a few hours for an experienced person.
We also own a 3D printer but do not use it for prototyping since it takes way too much time. Milling the real thing just takes a few minutes but of course requires to have your production on location.

Pascal showed us one way to do it but it does not mean that this is the standard way how blocks are made nowadays. I am pretty sure every company has its own way which will differ a lot here and there.

Of course I was just showing an insight in the Alphacoo's process and it must be very nice to have a bank of CNC's to play with too tongue.gif
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