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nanofactory

A machine that can make a product atom by atom (molecular nanotechnology). Considered the ultimate manifestation of nanotechnology, the concept is that if parts can be built at the molecular level, the nanofactory can build almost anything, even more versions of itself, which would be its first task. However, it would be advisable not to hold your breath waiting for this (see gray goo).


Not From a Nanofactory - But Here Today
Although 3D printers do not yet build at the molecular level, they are still amazing. This set of rotating gears was created "in place" from bottom to top by a Z Corporation 3D printer that jets color binders onto a powdered, composite material one layer at a time. When completed, the excess powder was blown away. See 3D printer.
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A molecular assembler is a "proposed device able to guide chemical reactions by positioning reactive molecules with atomic precision", as defined by K.
technology has always been about manipulating atoms and molecular assemblers already exist or NBIC makes possible the increases in productivity and human performance that have always been the motive force of human evolution) no other future is desirable or even conceivable.
By contrast, a full-fledged nanotechnology, especially if molecular assemblers can be built, will disrupt all kinds of social and economic processes.
Molecular assemblers will add carbon fibers to objects a few at a time, building up a piece of diamond-fiber composite.
With fleets of molecular assemblers churning out essential commodities without human labor, the world economy would be transformed, famine and poverty banished forever.
Fitted with tips that grab and move particular atoms or molecules, these microscopes will build invisible robotic arms and molecular assemblers that will eventually man nanoscale factories.
19) According to this definition, it is difficult to imagine members of Smalley's network engaging in foresighting around the social implications of molecular assemblers since they think them to be impossible.
Cutting-Edge Startups Developing Molecular Assemblers and Assembler Dependent Products
This began as an outreach project from MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA), a research centre that has assembled millions of dollars in machines for research in digital fabrication, ultimately aiming at developing programmable molecular assemblers that will be able to make almost anything (similar to the replicators found in Star Trek).
His research interests include: nanomedicine, medical nanorobotics design, molecular machine systems, diamondoid mechanosynthesis (theory and experimental pathways), molecular assemblers and nanofactories, and self-replication in machine and factory systems.
It may sound far-fetched, but MM proponents point out that molecular assemblers already exist--in the natural world.
Hunt said Zyvex had become the most publicized private nanotechnology business in the world and one of the most highly regarded company in the field of molecular assemblers.

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