Smallest Human Sculpture in the World

Jan 20 2016

Feast your eyes on what the Guinness Book of World Records calls the smallest human sculpture in the world!

Here's a comparison that will put things into perspective for you: the scale of sculptures created by Jonty Hurwitz approximately equals to the amount your fingernails grow every 5 or 6 hours!

With dimensions of approximately 80×100×20 microns, here's how the sculpture compares to human hair.

Pictured below is the process of capturing what will soon become the 3D model. All cameras fire at once, capturing the person from every angle. Then, the photos are 'stitched' together using software which outputs a 3D printer-friendly 3D model.

You can experiment creating your own sculptures – or 3D printer-friendly captures of pretty much anything, really – using the Autodesk 123D Catch, a free app which you can install on your mobile device.

The sculpture was then 3D printed at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Nano Micro Facility. In author's own words: "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."

Photographing these sculptures is also a challenge and requires no ordinary microscope; scanning is done using electron microscope, where the team analyzes and photographs the nano sculptures.

Here's a video of Jonty discussing the project in greater detail:

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Categories: Art, Technology, Misc

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