Let's say that we have the technology to produce and shape synthetic diamonds cheaply (think 3D printing of carbon lattices). Diamond is very hard, but as a result is brittle. Which every-day items would be able to use diamond well, and how would being made of diamond change their properties?
- Would diamond replace glass as a material for cups and plates? How much harder to break would they be and would they be as easy to clean?
- Would diamond pans be any good to cook or bake on? I think Diamonds conduct heat well, but they don't do well with sudden temperature changes; how do they compare to borosilicate glass in this regard?
- How would diamonds be useful in windows? Would you use diamond coating on glass to reduce break-ability like a style of bulletproof glass?
- Would diamond be a reasonable material for phone or computer screens? The Ubuntu Edge was going to use a sapphire screen but I have no idea if that would have actually been practical.
- What types of things would benefit from diamond surfacing? Would diamond edging on knives or saws make them better?
- Are there things currently made from wood, metal, or ceramic that would be better if they were made of diamond?