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Sierra Madre vending machines are pre-War technological wonders found in the Sierra Madre. Commissioned by Frederick Sinclair, the chief architect and financier of the Sierra Madre, these kiosks were developed in the Y-0 research center of the Big Mountain Research and Development Center. The vending machine is in fact a self-contained matter transformation device; it can recreate any item designed and stored within its memory by using Sierra Madre chips as a battery and source of raw material for the created goods. The process can also be reversed, turning acceptable dispensables into Sierra Madre chips. Items dispensed were usually simple toiletries, clothing, and food, but holodisks were provided to the trusted Sierra Madre employees and could be used to dispense medical supplies, prescription drugs and even ammunition for firearms.