The fabrication of goods, especially but not necessarily macroscale items, using nanotechnology. Fabrication may occur on a large industrial scale, or from a small personal autofab unit.
- Nanoengineer - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
One who designs or programs assemblers or nano-devices, or designs functional structures on the atomic scale. Nanoengineering is based on applications from quantum mechanics, applied thermodynamics, chemistry, MEMS, mesotech, robotics, and swarm theory. Most nanoengineers are cyborgs or vecs who incorporate extensive pragmatic nanoborg augmentations, and generally work in a specific field of application, or as dedicated sophonts for a higher toposophic. Contrast with nanohacker.
- Nanofab/Nanofac Models
- Nanoindustrialization - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Optimization of a polity, asteroid, moon, planet, star system, or empire, for nanodesign and nanofacture on a large scale. Most (but not all) of the old core capitals and inner sphere and regional power centers are heavily nanoindustrialized.
- Nanometallurgy - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Using industrial and assembler nanotech to manufacture specific alloys or metallic configurations on the molecular scale. Although nanometals do not have the strength and lightness of diamondoid, they are excellent conductors of electric current, are malleable, do not catch fire as easily as carbon-based nano, and can easily be installed with shape-memory features.
Text by Geoff Dale in Anders Sandberg's Transhuman Terminology
Initially published on 09 December 2001.