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Questions tagged [manufacturing]

For questions relating to the process, techniques, procedures, technology, purposes, and consequences of manufacturing goods of any kind.

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What could prevent us from making alien technology if we had the schematics?

This question is inspired by Could medieval people produce automatic firearms if they had access to the schematics? I have simply moved it forwards in time as follows: In 2019 we receive an alien ...
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What’s the ideal size for a human factory?

Context: The world has been in a world war lasting centuries. Casualty rates are through the roof and can’t be lowered. The warring countries' solution was to make human factories by incubating ...
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Paper from human skin

I'm writing a story about a people that lives in a very cold, icy environment. Their technological level of advancement ranges from stone age to dark ages in different areas. I'd like them to record ...
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What oil-derived products would the world miss the most? [closed]

I’ve seen many things online about what the world would be like without oil as an energy source for transportation and electricity. However, it seems like a lot of things are oil-derived. Plastics, ...
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What would aliens use as raw materials? [closed]

I just realized that on earth many natural resources used for building throughout history could be considered unique to earth, materials such as bone and wood are products of terrestrial evolution and ...
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Portable, high-output power generator?

Brief scenario: Evil Genius (EG) with a lot of money and lots of loyal henchman wants to take over the world by mass-producing vast quantities 2-3ft tall spider robots (SR). The plan would begin ...
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How can I dissolve metal hinges safely?

So, I've wound up in jail again (not my fault - I didn't start that fire, honest!) and I need to get out of here before the mayor has a chance to check his safe. Unfortunately, I left my lockpicks in ...
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Why might plasma weapons have different colors, even when made by the same manufacturer?

So, I plan to write a graphic novel that takes place in the 26th century. By then, humans have stopped using the old slugthrowers and have upgraded to something more.....eloquent. In mean, if you're ...
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Ballistically sensitive weak points in the modern military and civilian supply and manufacturing chain

This question is part of my series of questions about Jormungandr, the alien Snakebot of Doom. So far, the SoD has eliminated the majority of the world's land-based nuclear missile forces and the US ...
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Nanocellulose swords/ melee weapons

In a world with no metal resources existing in a usable fashion a civilization with tech similar to that of the Mayans discovers a way to make nanocellulose, the ultimate natural polymer from algae. ...
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Sustainable firearm production?

In a colony 50 years into the future with few metal resources, but large population on a relatively densely forested (forests similar to those of north america) island similar in size to greenland is ...
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Can firearms be ignited by piezoelectric crystals?

Can firearm propellant be ignited by piezoelectric crystals that are activated by the trigger? This is for use in a world 50 years into the future similar to Earth. The people there are gearing for ...
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Is it possible to braid a hat with pure gold and it still be usable? [closed]

So here's the background: there's an adventurer who is looking for a golden hat made by an extraterrestrial civilization as a gift for one of his ancestor in the 18th century. Is it technically ...
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Can a weapon that uses plastic materials be mass-produced with WW2-ish technology?

So, there's a WW2-1950's-ish era in my world, and currently I'm designing a couple of firearms. As far as I've read most weapons at that time mostly uses stamped metal and wood, and only a very ...
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Medieval wire making

How difficult would it be for someone be to get a hold of lots of metal wire in early medieval times? It doesn't really matter what metal it is or how uniform, just that it's in long lengths (tens to ...
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What would happen if humans can no longer make standard / high performance computer processors? [closed]

I am wondering what would happen if humans could no longer manufacture high-end computer processors. I am thinking about still being able to create processors similar to those used in space crafts, ...
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Could a society use kilocalories for setting the base price of goods/services? [closed]

It takes an enormous amount of energy to manufacture a computer, and less to create a ceramic food bowl, but only a small amount to grow a strawberry in Earth soil. Could we be setting product & ...
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Magic VS Tech in manufacturing efficiency

Assuming you had two cities, one of them an average real world City, and the other identical in every way, except that it's technology cannot advance beyond steam power (Cannot use combustion engines, ...