Can we design and construct a matter compiler? Is it possible to manipulate the fundamental atomic building blocks of matter to form a nanoscopic, microscopic, or even a macroscopic product like a computer, a table, or a car?
In other words, can we push 3D printing all the way down to the atomic level?
This is the highly controversial “molecular manufacturing” concept put forward by K. Eric Drexler in the eighties, inspired by Richard Feynman’s ideas on the ultimate limits of miniaturisation in 1959.
In this talk I shall first revisit Drexler’s idea for a “matter compiler” in the context of the latest developments in 3D printing and subatomic resolution scanning probe microscopy before describing some of our work in Nottingham in three areas of key relevance to the nanofactory concept.
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