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Radical Abundance by K. Eric Drexler

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CHAPTER 10

The Machinery of Radical Abundance

THE PREVIOUS CHAPTERS have provided conceptual fragments, and it’s now time to put the pieces together and see what an atomically precise manufacturing system might look like, from end to end, and then turn to the question of how well APM is now understood. (Technically inclined readers will find useful notes on the molecular-level physical principles of APM in Appendix I.)

Earlier, I compared potential APM systems to printers, packaged as tabletop appliances for making small-scale products. Here I will describe how small mechanisms can be organized to make larger products, the size of an automobile, for example. At this scale, we can picture a system configured as a demo factory, complete with windows ...

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