Re: SCI:NANO:bootstrapping drextech

Dan Clemmensen (
Sun, 20 Jul 1997 16:28:04 -0400

If I understood this message, it is possible to use fairly
standard "traditional" chemical techniques to create
"adamintine" particles in bulk. Adamintine is approximately
the same as diamondoid. Thus, you end up with a large
collection of unsorted, imperfect diamondiod "Lego blocks"
that are we may be able to sort and assemble using STM
technology. Is this correct?

If so, I still don't understand how the STM can assemble
these things. I can see how it might select a "block" of
the proper type, orient it, and move it into proximity to
the work in progress, but I don't see how to snap the
block into place. Is this so grossly oversimplified
as to be meaningless?