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Bending a heatpipe?

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  1. thebeephaha

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    Can this be done somehow without it crimping and breaking?

    I have a special job to do for a mod but I gotta bend a heatpipe cooler like 90 degrees...

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    If it was to work i would suggest maybe warming the cooler in te oven on low for a bit to soften the pipes a bit(remove the fan of course). Honestly its 50/50 at best. What about a different cooler?
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    I would say heat the pipe with a torch... I don't know how you would get the pipes hot enough to be easily mallable without getting the rest of the cooler hot as well though...
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    There used to be a cooler made my like "Jing Ting" or some funny name that would work perfect but they don't exist anymore...

    If someone can find me something like the Thermaltake chipset cooler I posted but that's bent like I need I would seriously be out of my mind happy.
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    The only way to stop the pipes bending is to slide a tube/spring over the pipe,normally to bend pipes the use a pipe bender.I have a heatpipe from a stick of reaper ram,and believe me,heating will not stop it flattening on the bend.
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    Heating will destroy the wick inside therfore it WONT work.
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    use a pair of pliers and gently, little by little, bend it.
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    It will still flatten,i tried it with the reaper heatpipe.
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    yeah but sometimes the heatpipe snaps a tiny bit and you can't see it and the wick structure still will get damaged

    maybe you can try heating it at low temps and trying to bend it then, that might help a little bit
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    why not simply cut off the heatpipes, and get straight cooper tubbing from the hardware store and build your own? Last i checked, heatpipes have liqud in them, so id cut it open, remove the offening pipes, soder on straight copper tubes just bigger than the diamater of the old tube then id remove the end of the heatpipes very carefully and put a high heat liquid and soder the top back on.
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    It's not that simple. When you destroy a heatpipe the liquid instantly turns to gas, rendering the heatpipe useless. Heatpipes are pretty much phase change in a tube.
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    Did you by any chance mean the Forcetake Jing Ting? Like this one that Jab-Tech still has in stock? :D

    Jab-Tech always has the hard to find odds and ends in stock
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    Yes that one but now it says out of stock...

    That one I could put a pipe bender on which is why I wanted it.
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    I would not bend that
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    its going to rupture b4 it flattens...do you see in the pic how the pipes are curved to the right? you want to bend it to the left....the tube will fracture virtically b4 you even get the original bend out. and even if you made it. when you start to bend it the other way where the pipe starts to bend it will fracture on the corners before it folds in on itself.
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    it will crimp/break if you bend it that far, solution is to have a pipe bender and heat and move it in small incriments.
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    I swear it said in stock before I posted it, I guess I just did not notice.
    I just emailed the owner (Im a frequent customer), if/when he gets back to me I will let you know.
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    Thanks!!!

    Yea if I can I'm gonna try to get two of those bad boys, its like the perfect design.
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    Heres what John said
    Hes getting back to me. :)
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    OMG. Must have display models.
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    I talked to him earlier tonight and there on put away somewhere, he cant get someone to look for them tell later this week but hes going to get back to me.

    I will let you know as soon as I know. He said he has two. :toast:
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    Holy crap this is awesome. I hope they can find them.
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