Graphene is the stiffest, and has the greatest tensile strength of, all materials composed of the classical chemical elements, but as a bulk material it has relatively low tensile strength because layers of graphene are held together only by van der Waals forces. Woven graphene is the solution to this problem.
Woven graphene is manufactured in numerous varieties by varying graphene ribbon widths, weave patterns, and tightness of weave. By changing variables, it is manufactured into everything from exceptionally supple heat-resistant fabrics, to the highest potential energy density springs, to the toughest of classical matter.
The two different edge structures of graphene ('zigzag' and 'armchair') have different electronic properties, a property that can be used for data processing. Computronium constructed from woven graphene is tough and can be flexible or rigid according to the specifications of the weave.
Woven Graphene is often formed into hybrid materials with other diamondoids, especially adamant. One of the most successful of these hybrid materials is Pandifico, also known as Elastic Diamondoid Fibre Composite material.
- Carbon Nanotube
- Pandifico: Elastic Diamondoid Fiber Composites
- Polyfullene - Text by Anders Sandberg
Polybuckminsterfullerene; nanofactured fullerene composite produced originally for Beanstalks but which also found many uses elsewhere. Polyfullene has a tensile strength close to the theoretical limits of molecular matter; a single one millimeter strand can easily support many tons. The most impressive property is that it is self-healing: if the nanotubes inside a Polyful filament are broken, fullerene from the matrix heals them only causing a slight lengthening.
- Wer-weave - Text by Todd Drashner
Smart matter cloth. Wer-weave consists of a network of linked specialized nano and microbots programmed to emulate the properties of cloth. (a sort of limited utility fog). Contains a huge library of pre-programmed designs, textures and colors and can switch from design to design on command while the user is wearing it. This means that a tattered backpack, T-shirt and jeans can become a business suit and then evening wear (or hiking wear or sleeping wear for that matter) all with the touch of an interface. More advanced versions can also be customized with the addition of designs created by the user using built in design software and can contain communication and computing resources that allow the weave to act as an interface to the local networks and beyond.