The British Artist Jonty Hurwitz has created the world’s smallest, yet incredibly detailed sculptures. The so called “nanosculptures” were 3D printed applying the Mulitphoton Lithography, which is similar to standard Photolithography.
Thereby a light-sensitive polymer solidifies by absorbing two photons at the focal point of the light and thereby creates at 3D pixel, also called voxel. Through the computer controlled process a 3D object is built layer by layer. The nano art however is not visible to the naked human eye and can only be observed through a microscope at 400x magnification.
The model was captured by a 3D scanner with 200 cameras and later 3D printed by scientists of the Institute of Technology in Karlsruhe. The sculpture “Trust” has a size of 80 x 100 x 20 microns an is “as of October 2014 is the smallest creation of the human form in history.”
“The nano works that I present to you here represent more that just a feat of science though. They represent the moment in history that we ourselves are able to create a full human form at the same scale as the sperm that creates us in order to facilitate the creation. Its a bit like breaking the artistic sound barrier,” explains Jonty Hurwitz.
Listen to Jonty Hurwitz’s story about how the incredible nano sculptures have been lost forever:
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