Developing the azultec Cube

Everything has a point of creation in time and so does the azultec cube. We want to take you on a journey through the making-of the azultec cube – from first designs to the final product.

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An idea is born

The idea was born in October 2017 when our partner alphacool decided to build a fully water-cooled plug and play mining device that can be more efficient and silent than the current ones on the market.

Before the Cube got its name first designs were presented and possible functionalities discussed.

One of the first designs was a cubic shaped mining computer.

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First design of the Cube in alphacool black and blue

The idea stuck but had to be reworked since the design was not made for mass production. Changes were made but at the same time functionalities additional to mining were worked on. The cube should not only be a one-way ticket but a jack of all trades. Besides the option for rendering and cloud storage, recuperation became an essential pillar for the soon-to-be cube. All necessary additional functions, since coin prices can always drop, rendering a sole mining computer useless.

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With the high energy consumption of mining in general and the negative effect on the environment, we took it on us to provide a green solution that helps to defuse the situation. Additionally, we did not want individuals living in countries with high energy cost to not be able to participate in decentralizing the blockchain, so in order to compete with the high energy costs, money had to be saved somewhere else – heating.

Harvesting the heat

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The azultec Cube can be part of the water heating system

Inhouse testing showed us, that we are able to harvest 72% of the heat produced by hardware. The concept had to be implemented into the cube, making it the most efficient multifunctional supercomputer.

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The Cube design slowly resembling the final product
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The recuperation idea was added to the cube repertoire and optimal hardware arrangement had to be reworked and implemented into the design. The 2nd design showed above was a move in the right direction but was not maintenance friendly enough – it had to be again completely reworked under the usability aspect, losing the blue color in the process.

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The next cube design consisted of one case and drawers which make the hardware inside easily accessible and thus hardware replacements effortless. The hardware was also rearranged optimizing the wind stream inside. This is also when the supercomputer got its suiting name – The azultec Cube – and two prototypes were produced.

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The Cube’s two layered drawers allow quick access to the hardware and easy maintenance.

Meanwhile, the outside interest in the project grew, new alliances were forged and the company azultec was formed in order to solely focus on the project. Alphacool, the company where it all began, became a partner with a lead role.

Becoming the azultec Cube

Azultec, now in control of the project, initiated the next steps and so the first prototypes were tested in a real-life environment to detect possible problems and adjustments that needed to be made.

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After the feedback was collected, the Cube had some minor changes, leading to the finalized product as we know it. An innovation award carrying multifunctional environmentally friendly supercomputer – so silent it can sit in your home or office.

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Final product: azultec Cube 300

So there it was, the final product: The azultec Cube 300.

Even in the near future the azultec Cube will get additional features, like the decentralized cloud – stay tuned for more information on the Cube’s functionalities in one of our next blog posts!

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