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Molecular manufacturing

Molecular manufacturing is a term used to describe an emerging technology that is being developed to build large objects to atomic precision, quickly and cheaply, with virtually no defects. As it becomes more sophisticated, it promises to be an energy-efficient and environmentally benign way to make materials and textiles. Built with a high level of automation, an armada of molecular robotic subsystems working in parallel to process pure chemicals into brand new materials and devices. The manufactured products would exhibit significantly higher performance to a substantially lower price than that of today’s products.

However, it’s important to question the safety of brand-new Nanotechnology. An interesting view about issues regarding molecular manufacturing website Lifeboat Foundation: “molecular manufacturing too dangerous allow?” In molecular manufacturing, the uniqueness is to be able to control every molecule in the system precisely will revolutionise the concept of designing and wearing garments. The current accomplishment to apply Nanotechnology to textiles brings forward innovations.

Textile innovations

  • Thermal sensing and breathability control
  • Antibacterial and odour removing effects
  • Stronger than steel fibre (Nanotube fibres)
  • Clothing sensoring and diagnoses (sense injury and immediate medication delivery)

Molecular manufacturing will promise revolutionary changes far beyond current advances

  • Programmable garments that increase or decrease their size as needed
  • Variable and self-regulating fabric breathability
  • Textile colour and pattern changes in demand
  • Self-cleaning and self-repairing fabrics (integrating molecular robotic material components)
  • Self-moveable fabric effects by programming
  • Seamless garments (molecular fasteners)

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