Why not use fiber for computers?

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Why not use fiber for computers?

Post  douggg on Tue Sep 29, 2009 2:45 am

I've been readin teh links on how to light the fountains. Has anyone thought of using fiber used for computers? Mario said he is using 3mm (~1/2") fiber. I was reading the specs on fiber used in computers and that's 3mm. I'm surprised no one had thought of using it? Or am I missing somthing?

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Re: Why not use fiber for computers?

Post  John on Tue Sep 29, 2009 8:53 am

I don't know about you but my computer isn't running on fiber optics? What sort of computer has fiber optics and where? I'm not all that computer savy.
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Re: Why not use fiber for computers?

Post  Magic-nozzle on Sun Oct 04, 2009 12:33 am

douggg wrote:I've been readin teh links on how to light the fountains. Has anyone thought of using fiber used for computers? Mario said he is using 3mm (~1/2") fiber. I was reading the specs on fiber used in computers and that's 3mm. I'm surprised no one had thought of using it? Or am I missing somthing?

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Hi, hmm, 3mm in the core means 0.118 ", There are no computer fibers arround with this diameter. The one i know, there are much smaller, but if you find this thickness, use it and send a link for us.
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Re: Why not use fiber for computers?

Post  aususer on Thu Jan 28, 2010 4:26 pm

as a Network Admin in "real-life" I can confirm that the cable you're talking about is 3mm total (outside) diameter... but that includes the stiffener, protection, sheath and cover - and core.

(think: it is so fine and small and sharp that the biggest hazzard - outside of the laser light running in it - is if some snaps off and gets stuck in your finger - is WORSE than a splinter - as it keeps breaking and piercing). Shocked Its thiner than accupuncture needles..
You really want to avoid IT fibre cabling... its dangerous stuff!

Here is more techo details than you will ever need

(Oh yea - and the blue 20mm cable that they run in the street from offices to the exchange is just 16 cores of the same cable with LOTs more stiffener..)

sorry for the bad news...

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Re: Why not use fiber for computers?

Post  John on Thu Jan 28, 2010 4:29 pm

Sounds like that is nasty stuff! Ouch! I guess that would be glass then right? I also talked to a vendor about glass fiber and they mentioned that glass fiber will degrade underwater. So stick with the PMMA or cast acyrlic rod methods.
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