Nanomachine Real Life Investigation

It’s well discussed that the future of

medicine and health will be Nanomachines. “Nanomachines refer to robots

that can perform tasks on a molecular level (“LX Group”).”. The word nano

itself describes the actual size and dimensions of the object. Nano itself

means one billionth, also in exponential form its 10-9. But the plan

for the future with medicine is to have these little

Nanomachines operating inside your body to stop the cells who create cancer and

stop them before they create the actual cancer cell, sort of the way a white

blood cell works but instead of it being a natural process, it’s a machine that

carries the loads of medicine and cures it. If scientists can invent a

nanomachine that can tackle types of cancers and destroy them before they

become terminal, this would be a large step towards humans living longer lives

and not being bogged down by illnesses.

What is the size of the Nanomachine? How big can

it be?

The size of the nanomachine has to be smaller than a capillary which is

the thinnest and smallest vein in the Human body. “Capillaries are small,

normally around 3-4µm, but some capillaries can be 30-40 µm in diameter. The

largest capillaries are found in the liver (Paxton 1).”. Now with this

information our nano machine has to be smaller than the smallest capillary, and

it also can’t just be smaller, it has to be small enough so that there is no

chance of clogging in the capillary, which is not only stopping the nanomachine

from delivering the payload, but can also cost even more damage by blocking up

a capillary so blood cannot travel through your body anymore. So, I chose to

make my nanomachine comprise of two different shapes, which are shown in

Diagram 1 and Diagram 2

Diagram 1

Diagram 2

Diagram 3

Calculating Area

To find the area of the nanomachine, we need to separate the two shapes

and find the area for each separate shape before we can calculate the total

area. We do this by first calculating the area of the Hexagonal prism and then

we calculate the area of the square pyramid twice because we have two square

pyramids.

Calculating the Area

of the Hexagonal Prism

The formula for finding the area of a hexagonal prism is A=. In this formula a means the base edge,

and h means height.

And

according to our nanomachine of the hexagonal prism it has a base edge of 0.15?m and a height

of 0.2?m.

Now let’s do the calculations which we find by using A=

If

the base edge = a then first we can change it to

Now

we can add the height which makes the equation into

Now

we take what we have which is

Then

we calculate it which we now end up with 29.691

A= 29.69134 Rounded up it’ll be 29.69

Calculating

Volume

The

formula for calculating volume in a hexagonal prism is

Yet

again a stands for base edge and h stands for height.

So,

if we put in the actual figures right now we would get

The

solution of that would be 11.69134.

So

V=11.69134. Rounded

up it’ll be 11.69.

Now we

found our Area and our Volume

A=29.69 and V=11.69.

Calculating the Area

of the two Square Pyramids

Calculating

Area

The

formula for finding the area of a square pyramid is

Now

let’s add in the lengths that we have, which makes our equation

And

if we calculate it we end up with 2.36325 or rounded up is 2.36

Calculating

Volume

The formula for finding the volume in a square pyramid

is

Let’s add in the lengths that we have, which now makes

the equation.

And when that’s

calculated we end up with 0.21333, and rounding that up equals 0.21

Now since our volume and area is calculated we now

have

A=2.36 and V=0.21

Calculating

area of base

But

now we also have the total amount of area and volume of the hexagonal prism,

but we need to subtract the area of base from the square pyramids because the

hexagonal prism already has an area of base.

The

formula for base area in a square pyramid is

Now

let’s add in our base edge value of 0.8, which is

That

calculated equals 0.64or rounded up it is 0.64

Now

that we have that lets multiply 0.64 by two which gives us 1.28. 1.28 will now be the amount of area that we

subtract from the area of the two-square pyramid, which is 4.72.

So

4.72 1.28

=

2.9.

And

2.9 is now the total amount of area for the square

pyramids, while the total amount of volume is 0.21.

Now we can add the total area and

volume of the hexagonal prism to the total area and volume of the square

pyramids.

So, the total area of the hexagonal

prism is 29.69 and if we add the total area of the square

pyramids it is 2.9. Now 29.69 2.9

Now the total

volume of the nanomachine would be the amount from the hexagonal prism 29.69 +

the amount of volume from the square pyramids 11.69. so 29.69+11.69.= 41.38.

So now

after all those calculations the Nanomachine has an Area of 32.59 and a Volume of 41.38.

What is the payload?

The payload will consist of antibodies.

“Antibodies, also known as immunoglobulins, are Y-shaped proteins that are produced by the

immune system to help stop intruders from harming the body. When an intruder

enters the body, the immune system springs into action. These invaders, which

are called antigens, can be

viruses, bacteria, or other chemicals. When an antigen is found in the body,

the immune system will create antibodies to mark the antigen for the body to

destroy. (“What are Antibodies”)”.

The antibodies will be

inside the nanomachine and when the nanomachine is near a cancel cell they

would be released and then destroy the cancer cell.

The payload will the amount of antibodies correspondent to volume. So,

there will be 41.38’s worth of antibodies in each nanomachine.

Degree of Accuracy

The nanomachine might not be the exact amount of area and volume because

I rounded up to 2 decimal places, which means that it would not be the most

accurate measurements and maybe could affect the productiveness of the

nanomachine and what it’s supposed to do. Also, it may not be realistic in the

sense where the square pyramids on each side will swivel back and forth to move

the nanomachine through the capillaries because I don’t know if that is

possible or if that is realistic, but that would be its main form of movement

throughout the capillaries.

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