While reading one of Tesla’s books, I came across his notion of using electro-dynamics to smelt iron, aluminum, copper and other metals in a cold process. Like other Tesla writings, he did not get into details. I am not sure if he ever perfected this idea, but it was a starting point for my own investigation.
What happens when we “smelt” iron today? We melt it with large amounts of heat generated by, mostly, electricity. Gone are the days of using coal in most applications. In this process, we are using the expansion properties of heat. Heat excites molecules and opens up the transfer of protons and electrons to make various metals and chemical compounds.
We have been smelting metals for thousands of years, and yet, there are still new metals to make. Is there a way to use the contraction properties of cold to make new metals and chemical compounds? Yes, as above, so below. Think about it, we are having a revolution in nano-engineering; they are going in the contraction direction.
The power of contraction is just as powerful as the power of expansion; we just have not figured out the right way to utilized this power.
Do not confuse what I am talking about as Nuclear Cold Fusion, but it could be called Fusion. Instead of using pressure generated by expansion, this process uses pressure generated by contraction, but without the necessity of building a containment structure like a boiler.
Using this approach, finely ground metallic powders can be combined into new metallurgic compounds. This does not do away with smelting/melting, but takes the existing metallic crystals and does something different with them.
In a way, we have already started doing this using 3D Printing; now you can print a fully functional Colt 45 automatic pistol on a 3D Printer. That process is duplicating a strong steel structure using powdered steel and epoxy. I am talking about a different process that combines different metal powders, without epoxy, using cold compression technology.