Saturday, November 12, 2005

Working at Nanorex

A couple of months ago, I was laid off from a job that had stopped being fun. Within a few weeks I started working for Nanorex, which is a big improvement. Nanorex is engaged in writing an open-source computer-aided design package for molecules, called nanoENGINEER-1.



The company founder has made several other significant contributions to the development of nanotechnology, including a lot of support for the nanofactory animation. We are in discussions with just about everybody interested in the direction of nanotech CAD software. I myself have thought about nanotech CAD software in past years.

It's important that nanoENGINEER-1 be open-source, even if we have to delay getting revenue for a while. In a world that's rapidly approaching real nanotech, we don't want a big gap between the haves and the have-nots. There are a lot of important policy discussions that need to take place, and it's good if the largest possible number of people are able to follow and participate in those discussions. Tools like nanoENGINEER-1 can help people to study nanotechnology proposals and understand how the technology will work.

5 comments:

Gina said...

Hi Will! Just realized you had this blog and that you are with Nanorex, both great news!

Will Ware said...

Yeah, it's very cool. We have one more release to our alpha users (in 2-3 weeks, it looks like) and the next one will be a public release, and everybody will get to see all this stuff we've been working on.

Good to hear from you! Hope things are well with you and yours.

Joshua said...

These applications are amazing! The government should be funding this development with grants 100% (in my humble opinion).

Ganesh said...

Thanks in advance, Nano engineer asks a login to download, But there is no login form to create a login, How to download, I need it, and its very important...

I am waiting for ur reply...

Will Ware said...

You might look at https://github.com/kanzure/nanoengineer, which is a more recent repository maintained by Bryan Bishop. It will probably also be helpful to poke around the Nanorex wiki at http://www.nanoengineer-1.net/mediawiki/index.php?title=Main_Page, although you may have already found that. This page (http://www.nanoengineer-1.net/mediawiki/index.php?title=NE1_Build_and_Release_System_Overview) deals with getting the software running, but you may find Bryan Bishop's procedure is easier.