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With the PrimeBook Circular, we launched our first notebook, whose computer modules can be easily replaced, upgraded and repaired thanks to the intelligent laptop design and the well-thought-out concept. But that was just the beginning. Prime Computer has always been known for leaving conventional paths behind and instead of venturing into the thicket to explore previously unknown paths.

A computer made of plants and wood is the latest coup by the two visionaries Sacha Ghiglione and Fynn Wohlgensinger. Here at Prime Computer, the two PC pioneers met and since then they have been working ceaselessly on the first biodegradable PC cases. Fynn and Sacha talk about designing our first biodegradable PC cases from the 3D printer and other innovations Prime Computer will present to the public this year.

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[0:00:00] Sacha: We are here to explain to everybody a little bit more about the Circular Modularity concept. We have something more in mind. We are developing more products where we can use or reuse or initially use those elements.

[0:14:04] Fynn: What we do here is we break down the product life onto the components level. So, in the end, it doesn’t matter if you use all the components in one single configuration for as long as possible, like in the same device, or if you just use the individual components as long as possible.

[0:32:23] Sacha: All right. So what, what possibilities do we have here at Prime Computer? How do we start using that?

[0:39:08] Fynn: So the key actually to this and how we introduce circular modularity is this credit card sized card. It’s called an Intel computer element. And on this element, you have the processor, the CPU, the integrated graphics card, the GPU, but also the Wi-Fi, the RAM, and some other components that make the magic happen. And the really cool thing about this is that it’s modular. To make it completely Green IT, we also have to have a plan for the elements that we took out of the of the original device.

[1:22:20] Sacha: And can you tell me a little bit more about our plan, what we do with that?

[1:26:08] Fynn: Yes. So we will take back. So we have a we have a program to take back this element, and then we will reuse it with new– and yeah, with new products that have the original warranty. And actually as new because this has no wear and tear.

[1:49:00] Sacha: So, we will we remanufacture that product.

[1:51:12] Fynn: You can say we will remanufacture that product. Okay. So, for example, you can then just remanufacture it into a new notebook with an older generation of CPU and GPU and RAM that can be sold a little bit cheaper but still has all the performance you need for this specific use case.

[2:14:15] Sacha: But we have something more in mind. So we are developing further products where actually we can use or reuse or initially use those elements. Give us an example of what we are doing here at Prime Computer.

[2:27:07] Fynn: Yeah, that’s actually a great point because to make this whole concept work, we have to find use cases for these older elements. Of course, there will be use cases to put it into a notebook, but we see actually more opportunities with use cases in different products, in different product categories. What we have here, I mean, this just the prototype, but I think it already looks cool if you know what it is about. So this housing that goes around this assembly with the element is 3D printed.

[2:59:22] Sacha: 3D printed!

[3:00:24] Fynn: So this is already a nice feature because you can manufacture it locally.

[3:05:19] Sacha: Yes.

[3:06:19] Fynn: So that means you save time & it’s environmentally friendly because the supply chains are shorter. So this is one of the advantages of 3D printing.

Fynn Wohlgensinge
“Plant-based means it's from a renewable source. So you don't have to mine any resources that are not renewable like you need for aluminium or for iron and others.”
- Fynn Wohlgensinger, Head of Research & Development at Prime Computer

[3:18:11] Sacha: Out of what material is it 3D printed?

[3:20:17] Fynn: Yeah, that’s the next step and why it is especially interesting to talk about this device.

[3:27:02] Sacha: Yes, please.

[3:27:22] Fynn: Because this is made out of filament. So this material, the material you print, that you 3D print out– this is plant-based.

[3:40:09] Sacha: Really?

[3:41:09] Fynn: And plant based means it’s from a renewable source. So you don’t have to mine any resources that are not renewable like you need for aluminium or for iron and others. So this is actually a great impact that you have already on the on the product level or– not on the product level. On the material level, you have the renewable material and there’s a cool feature that comes with it…

[4:11:18] Sacha: Yes.

[4:12:17] Fynn: …is that, because it is plant based, it is biodegradable.

[4:16:05] Sacha: It’s 100% biodegradable?

[4:17:18] Fynn: 100% biodegradable; we even have the ISO certificate for it. So it doesn’t mean that you can throw it in your backyard. You need like an industrial grade biodegradable plant where there it is about 60 degrees. Because if it’s just biodegradable in your backyard, then it won’t last as long as PC housings. So we have to make sure it meets this quality as well. But yeah, in the industrial sized biodegradable plant, perfectly fitting.

[4:47:23] Sacha: Amazing. But there are potentially further products we are developing where we could use those elements.

[4:55:15] Fynn: Yeah. I mean when we talk about mini PCs, which which can offer a variety of different use cases, and we talk about the housing, there are a lot of opportunities. So we are already looking into making it out of wood.

[5:15:04] Sacha: Out of wood.

[5:16:16] Fynn: I mean, we are in early stage there, but there are just there’s so many interesting ideas that we can make through actually with this underlying platform of this circular modularity and with the elements.

[5:28:23] Sacha: And all our products are 100% climate-neutral?

[5:31:11] Fynn: That’s exactly right. And now what we can do… because with these elements, it is really

possible to also cool them fanless. So, passively cool them. So we can combine these two approaches. We can combine circular modularity with the fanless design that we already have. So we are working–this will be one of our next products on a fanless mini PC that features this element–

that features circular modularity. And then you really combine everything and you open up new use cases. And as we said with this dirt resistance or dust resistance and the enhanced reliability, no mechanical parts at all. So this is really interesting and it’s combination of two good things.

[6:22:10] Sacha: Just amazing. Thank you Fynn. Lastly, just tell me which three products, for instance, do we intend to have in this circular baseline.

[6:33:11] Fynn: So, we already launched the PrimeBook Circular.

[6:36:14] Sacha: Yes.

[6:37:06] Fynn: So this was a super important step for us in general because with the circular modularity, we were able to offer a notebook and still keep it green. Or make it probably even greener with circular modularity. And what you can expect to see as well are mini PCs that are in this circular modularity portfolio. So this 3D printed one will become reality. And as I said, the fanless one with the element is also in the later stage of development.

[7:15:17] Sacha: Perfect.

[7:16:21] Fynn: And some of the other ideas I teased they might come true this year or maybe next year.

[7:22:08] Sacha: Okay, thank you so much for that. It was a real pleasure to see all that happening and to show everybody where we intend to go further in our circular modularity case.

[7:34:04] Fynn: Yeah, and thank you for asking.

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We’ll explain why we decided to make our new product line circular and tell you what advantages a PC built on modular components has for you.

Read on here
  • Prime Computer breaks down the product life onto the component level
  • We have introduced the Circular Modularity concept which is built on credit card sized computer modules.
  • They contain CPU, graphics card, GPU, Wi-Fi and RAM and are easily exchangeable, repairable and upgradeable
  • Prime Computer has a programme to take back these elements and reuse
  • For some products we will rely on 3D printing
  • 3D printing is environmentally friendly because the supply chains are shorter
  • The materials for 3D printing are made out of filament which is 100 % biodegradeable
  • The 3D printed device will be launched this year
  • Prime Computer’s first product from the new Circular line is the PrimeBook Circular notebook and already available
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