"Matter Cube" for Portable Assemblers

Chris Hind (chind@juno.com)
Wed, 29 Jan 1997 23:06:32 -0800

I brought up this idea some time ago on the list and I've revised it again
and have once again opened it up to criticism and debate. In isolated
environments such as spacecraft or colonies or for use with portable
assemblers, wouldn't we need a central matter repository where all waste
would be recycled, stored, and reused? How could you engineer a dense cube
of matter while keeping groups of molecules inert, non-reactive, and
isolated from each other to prevent unwanted reactions? You'd probably be
required to divide sections of the cube into groups of different molecules
or elements depending on the scale of matter the assembler uses. Another
method would be to place atoms of different elements in densely packed
groups near other specific groups to keep things inert and peaceful. You
don't want one set mixing with another set or you get a nice densely packed
bomb! Does anyone have any suggestions as to what order the atoms in the
cube of matter would be layed out as to not create unwanted reactions with
their neighboring atoms?

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