How small can you print? 7 tiniest 3D prints that you can imagine

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How small can you print? 7 tiniest 3D prints that you can imagine
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Do you always need a cap to hide hair fall? Does you car get easily affected by wear and tear? Do you want to travel inside your computer? Some tiniest 3D prints might help you.

The 3D printers which we use always have a minimum structural size that can be printed. But research and exploration in the field has led to rapid development of technologies that can print objects in micro and nano scales. Such dimensions mean that the object is hardly visible to naked eyes. Here is a collection of such tiny 3D prints to make you blink your eyes twice.


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The lost sculptures
London-based artist Jonty Hurwitz created a series of nanoscale 3D sculptures. Capturing 3D renderings of models posing for his sculptures, he got them printed with a Nanoscribe 3D printer. They were that tiny that he had to use an electron microscope to view his prints. At 80 x 100 x 20 microns, his sculpture also got into 2015 Guinness World Record for “The smallest sculpture of a human form”.

TRUST - The nano sculpture Source: Jontyhurwitz

TRUST – The nano sculpture
Source: Jontyhurwitz

But the peculiarity is that he just lost his sculptures after observing their beauty. The slide containing the sculptures was taken out from the electron microscope from one of its engineers, only to realise that they will never find the sculptures again. Nevertheless, the majestic images of the masterpiece stand out to symbolise integration of art with engineering.

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