Michael S. Lorrey (
Tue, 13 Apr 1999 11:29:04 -0400

Webb_S wrote:

> Just out of curiosity, how would one go about creating carbon steel,
> composed primarily of iron, out of sand composed primarily of silicon?
> Nanotech has many possibilities, but unless I've overlooked something
> alchemical transformation of elements isn't one of them.

Well, he must be thinking about the rusty carboniferous sands of blah blah blah....

The silicon would be useful for creating casting and extruding forms, but thats about it.

Mike Lorrey

> Ross A. Finlayson wrote:
> > I think one proof-of-concept machine that makes carbon steel structural
> I-> > beams out of sand on-site will be plenty to kickstart plenty of
> investment.