Nanofab/Nanofac Models

ANPO (Atlantis NanoPatent Organization) Nanofac

A larger version of the smaller ANPO Nanofab, the ANPO Nanofac is the size of a small building. Inside its interior it can assemble materials in almost any way that baseline mind can imagine. Feedstock are usually located outside of the fac in connected tanks, bought seperately. The nanofac comes supplied with a large library of templates, and can have further templates added. Unfortunately the nanofac can only read the "RTCAC", "Genetic Build", and "Universal L" template languages, but translators are purchasable separately.

The ANPO Nanofac is purchased as a small capsule, some 20 centimeters in diameter and 30 centimeters long, that, given sufficient nearby feedstock material, creates the nanofac itself. If the nanofac has extensive selfdiagnostic and repair systems and is very reliant if treated properly, and is reputed to be able to run for millenia (though the current design is only 800 years old). Proper treatment includes supplying it with trace matter capsules once a year, and a semi-manual purge and rebuild of nano from scratch once every decade.

Since production is limited to the interior of the nanofac, the fac cannot create truly large, one-piece items. The fac also contains a failsafe on module that prohibits it from creating any nanofab more capable than itself.

The nanofac can be bought on "lease" from ANPO in which case the Nanofac disassembles itself once the lease runs out. A lease can run from a few days to several centuries.

Pocketboy Pocketfab

This fab, rumored to be of cyberian design, can be found as a freeware template various places on the known net. Though a modern, high-end nanofab is necessary to create the pocketfab with all features, it is possible to create it on lesser nanofabs, at the cost of some of the more desirable features.

With all features intact, the pocketfab is surprisingly capable for a device the size of a baseline palm. It's sleek and small design is complimented by a simple surface interface with surprising depths, which is equally usable by the untrained, casual user or the technowiz in love with customisation.

This pocketfab is also able to mine its own materials, use many kinds of industrial and commercial feedstocks and disassemble nearby objects for materials. The pocketboy's mode of creation is to send out a small nano swarm which replicates using the designated feedstock, until the swarm has reached the same mass as the requested item. The nano then reassembles into the item.

The pocketboy can understand more than a thousand different template languages, and net zars continuously add more translators. Besides being able to hold an impressive amount of templates, the pocketboy is also capable of making its own templates via disassembly.

Unlike safer models the pocketboy has no known built-in limitations apart from those imposed by the laws of information processing, physics and chemistry.

Genius Loci
Image from Steve Bowers

The Negentropic House Fab

This nanofab is a standard fab in negentropic space. The nanofab is the size of a large fridge, and is built into a wall of the home. Creating the requested items may take a while (from minutes to hours depending on complexity and size), however for specifically large items the fab may create further nano to speed up the process exponentially, so unless the fab is really strained it should take no more than three hours to create the requested object. The nanofab contains two ports, one inside and one outside of the house, for creating such items as furniture and vehicles, which are too large to fit in the "closet" interior of the fab. Feedstock is supplied via pipeline from a central processing station in the center of each community, with enough feedstock present in the fab to get it started. The fab can in theory create anything, however every House Fab contains an internal AI which decides the necessity of the item. If the item is deemed unnecessary the item is not produced. The determination of necessity is very much a two-way process as the user of the fab can present arguments to change the AI's mind.

The Negentropic House Fab goes by different names from world to world. On Epistle it is commonly refered to as a Provider, on Santos and many other worlds a Genius Loci, while Herabout (in the Bistar system) call it a Grey Closet.

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Text by Thorbjørn Steen

Initially published on 11 October 2005.