nanofactory

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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Application of statistical experimental design for optimization of silver nanoparticles biosynthesis by a nanofactory Streptomyces viridochromogenes.
Objective: The aim of this project is to translate the concept of production line to the nanoworld to develop what could become tomorrows nanofactory.
Nanofactory, which brings together scientists and engineers from Huddersfield, Bradford, Leeds, Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam, and York universities, is offering local companies the opportunity to Take a Tech Check
Also on the stand will be Nanofactory, a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) supported consortium of six research-intensive universities who offer their world-leading expertise to accelerate innovatton in the Yorkshire and Humber region.
and Nanofactory Instruments AB, Gothenburg, Sweden, have integrated the optoelectronic and imaging capabilities within the confined space of a high-resolution TEM, and now offer the only sample stage able to simultaneously perform in situ electrical, optical, mechanical, and structural measurements and manipulations of samples on a TEM.
In 2006, Ralph Merkle and I founded the Nanofactory Collaboration to coordinate on an R&D program to design and build the first working nanofactory that could build medical nanorobots.
The replacement chromosomes are manufactured earlier, outside of the patient's body, using a desktop nanofactory that includes a molecular assembly line.
A nanofactory would operate in a similar fashion, albeit on a microscopic scale; it would take infinitely smaller parts (atoms and molecules) and assemble them according to programming so as to create the same finished product.
If nanofactory development is pursued competitively, without cooperative engagement and usage limitations, we can expect that many countries will achieve both economic independence and unprecedented military prowess.
Drexler: "[T]o visualize how a nanofactory system works, it helps to consider a conventional factory system.
The ideal situation would be to design an RNA sequence that can get transcribed inside the bacteria, and fold inside the bacteria so we can use bacteria as a nanofactory to produce the material.
Huddersfield University has linked up with the universities of Leeds, Bradford, York, Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam to set up a Nanofactory - and wants to forge partnerships with firms interested in making the most of latest advances in nanotechnology.