This sculpture as of October 2014 is the smallest creation of the human form in history.
Just how small is “nano?” In the International System of Units, the prefix “nano” means one-billionth, or 10-9; therefore one nanometer is one-billionth of a meter. It’s difficult to imagine just how small that is, so here are some examples:
- A human hair is about 100,000 nanometers (100 microns) thick
- The scale is these sculptures approximately equals the amount your fingernails grow every 5 or 6 hours
The structure is created using a ground-breaking new 3D printing technology and a technique called Multiphoton Lithography. Ultimately these works are created using the physical phenomenon of two photon absorption. Art, literally created with Quantum Physics.