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Remote-control clean room

Make microelectronics without human contact
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The process of getting into and out of a clean room is elaborate, time-consuming and presumably prone to error. This could be circumvented by using VR-interfaced remote control androids, meaning that access would only be necessary if a repair were needed to the actual androids which could not be effected by others. Same applies to operating theatres.

Go on, tell me it's baked in a similar form.

PS: Sorry this is in "other:general" - i'll move it when i get the chance.

nineteenthly, Jan 03 2013

Did somebody say "fractal chips"? http://i923.photobu...all_zps174d3f57.jpg
Microfluidic Sierpinski gasket [MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 03 2013]


       no such thing as //remote controlled androids// capable of work at that level of detail.
FlyingToaster, Jan 03 2013

       By remarkable coincidence, I have just come out of our cleanroom. However, it is probably not what most people call a cleanroom - we use it for microfluidics (basically the same processes as for semiconductors), and the set-up is very simple but effective.   

       That said, cleanliness is much more important for making large and complex chips, and changing in and out is indeed a tedious business.   

       I am pretty sure, though, that serious chip manufacturers have already automated as much as possible of the process, both for cleanliness and for efficiency/consistency.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 03 2013

       //cleanliness is much more important for making large and complex chips// It's true. When making the superior Mandelbrot chip, which is infinitely more flavourful than the traditional oblong variety, fresh oil and a clean cooking vessel are essential. Week old lard tends to clog the convolutions and stick to the teeth. It's just a matter of fracticality.
xenzag, Jan 03 2013

       Fractal chips? Would munch.
calum, Jan 03 2013

       Whereas i'm sure there aren't, if there were the idea would be other than halfbaked.
nineteenthly, Jan 03 2013

       meh. the least you could do is make them animatronic rabbits.
FlyingToaster, Jan 03 2013

       //By remarkable coincidence, I have just come out of our cleanroom// - doesn't Maxwell Towers have a clean wing?
hippo, Jan 03 2013

       //doesn't Maxwell Towers have a clean wing?//   

       All the wings are clean, thanks mainly to the continued efforts of Mrs Clepsydra and her staff. However, I was referring to the Buchanan Laboratory which, for reasons of safety, is located well away from the main house.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 03 2013

       //Fractal chips? Would munch.//   

       Today is clearly a day of coincidences. I am the proud fabricator of the world's first and only Sierpinski gasket microfluidic chip (link).   

       Utterly useless but it was fun.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 03 2013


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