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Molecular planetary gear

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Molecular planetary gear

Molecular planetary gear, computer model. Each of the coloured spheres represents a single atom. A planetary gear consists of a train of interconnected gears. A central (or sun) gear (red tube) meshes with several planet gears (grey and black), which mesh in turn with an outer (or ring) gear (large yellow tube). This arrangement allows the output and input gears to share the same axis. The gear ratio can also be varied by changing which gears form the input and output, and which are held still. This device is a hypothetical future component for nanotechnology (devices constructed at the molecular level). Designed by K. Eric Drexler and Ralph Merkle

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Component Computer Model Development Device Diagram Engineering Gears Graphic Machine Mechanical Nano Bearing Nano Tube Nanotech Nanotechnology Part Train Molecular Ralph

This print showcases a remarkable molecular planetary gear, represented by an intricate computer model. Each vibrant colored sphere symbolizes a single atom, emphasizing the microscopic scale of this futuristic device. A planetary gear system consists of interconnected gears, where a central or sun gear (depicted as a red tube) meshes with multiple planet gears (in shades of grey and black), which in turn mesh with an outer or ring gear (a large yellow tube). This ingenious arrangement enables both the input and output gears to share the same axis, resulting in efficient power transmission. What makes this molecular planetary gear truly extraordinary is its versatility. By altering which gears serve as input and output while keeping others stationary, the gear ratio can be adjusted according to specific requirements. Designed by K. Eric Drexler and Ralph Merkle as part of their visionary exploration into nanotechnology, this hypothetical component represents groundbreaking advancements in engineering at the molecular level. The precision-cut machine parts depicted in this illustration exemplify cutting-edge research and development within the field of nanotechnology. As scientists delve deeper into harnessing nanostructures for various applications, such as nano bearings and other mechanical components like these gears, we glimpse an exciting future where technology operates on unimaginably small scales.

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