This is a sculpture of one of the largest animals on earth in its possibly the smallest form. This microscopic elephant in this photograph has just been placed on the groove of a human fingerprint.
Remember that elephant is the largest animal of earth on land. The fine tuned sculpture of elephant on fingerprint groove is over a tenth of a millimeter tall.
These sculptures were created using many technologies ranging from bespoke electronics and software, to quantum physics and special effects.
When art uses science-together they produce the most beautiful creation.
The structure is created using 3D printing technology and multi-photon lithography involving two-photon absorption. Quantum physics playing a big role here. In this case, UV light is irradiated on a light-sensitive polymer, which solidifies at the place of irradiation. The photon (two) absorption occurs only at the tiny focal point-basically a tiny 3D pixel known as "Voxel". According to the description provided with the pictures, "the sculpture is then moved along fractionally by a computer controlled process and the next pixel is created. Slowly, over hours and hours the entire sculpture is assembled pixel by pixel and layer by layer".
The sculpture was then photographed using scanning electron microscope (SEM). Using SEM at high magnification, hundreds of images of the nano sculpture were captured while a piezo stage was rotated to a precision of below one ten thousandth of a degree. This process is very detailed and takes lot of time. For example, one second of film can take up to 4 hours to film. This process is known as Nanoflight creator and was developed by Stefan Diller, Wuerzburg, Germany.
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