That's the molecular building blocks approach. Many people are considering
this as a first step towards mature molecular manufacturing and for some
purposes molecular building blocks may be all that we need. But if you want
to build very strong diamondoid materials you need to be able to put every
atom in it's place. It's a first step, it may be sufficient for some
purposes, but it won't give you diamondoid.
Gina "Nanogirl" Miller
> /gary writes:
> Why must we have assemblers that pick and place each atom?
> Wny couldn't we create molecular parts through the methods of bulk
> chemistry and then use drexlarian type assemblers to fuse these larger
> molecular parts into structures that have some use. We wouldn't be
> able to make everything but we might be able to make useful machines
> nontheless. We could make probes for nanomedicine out of these.
> Moreover, we may only require few types of standard parts to truly useful
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