Friday, March 30, 2007

Picture of the day

The Rotary Assembler

Philippe Van Nedervelde, The Rotary Assembler

One of the machines that will be possible using the new-found ability to manipulate single molecules and atoms is illustrated here. This vaguely CD-ROM-like machine assembles other nanomechanical systems by means of 5 degrees-of-freedom tips that pick molecules off the upper platter, rotate down and deposit them on the product arrays of the lower platter.

Courtesy of and Copyright ©Philippe Van Nedervelde (Click on the image to see a 1MB MPG movie.)

Learn more about Van Nedervelde at the Foresight Nanotech Institute

To see the entire series, visit the Nanotechnology Now Gallery.

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