Block diagram of a gem-gum on-chip factory

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Block diagram of a gemstone-metamaterial on-chip factory

This is pretty much the highest level single page conceptual overview of a gem-gum factory system that is possible.
For a working gem-gum factory all components shown here (that are not marked optional) need concrete solutions.

Early predecessor systems based on self-assembly and foldamer technology will have quite different internal system architecture. E.g. Modular molecular composite nanosystems.

Semi hardcoded

"Semi-hardcoded" in the diagram means for a reprogramming it is necessary to take the machinery apart and reassemble it in a different way.
E.g. spacer-wedges in a different order.

Cooling sandwich

Cooling is advantageous for piezochemical mechanosynthesis (reducing error rates.
But it takes significant energy to cool matter down to very low temperatures.
So it's desirable to recuperate as much of that thermal energy as possible.
If a layered structure for a the gem-gum factory is chosen (assembly levels are organized in assembly layers) then cooling processing and reheating forms a sandwich like structure. Thus the choice of name.

Machine phase

This means location and orientation of all parts are known to all times. See: Machine phase
Forced "condenstaion" into machine phase means getting resource molecules

  • out of solution or gas (unknown position and oreintation)
  • into machine phase.

This is somewhat akin to condensation as condensation to solid crystals allows only crystal lattice points as valid positions. Thus the choice of name.

If its known whether the resource molecules come as gas or liquid that this could be called more concretely:

  • forced selective freezing (liquid to machine phase)
  • forced selective deposition (gas to machine phase)

One could invent a new term for this phase transition of course.
Like e.g. "machinization" or "mechanization".


External Links

Wikipedia: Condensation This page only mentions gas to liquid in the diagram, but gas-or-liquid to solid is also called condensation sometimes.
The German version of this page lists gas to solid as condensation [1]

The block diagram was originally published here back in 2015 (old version there):
(Also there: Flowchart visualization of the tooltip cycle)