An Artist Used 3D Printing To Create These Impossibly Tiny Nano Sculptures

It is mind-boggling how many new technological innovations were introduced over the last decade-and-a-half. At the cutting edge of innovation in this century is 3D printing. The possibilities this new technology created are numerous, and many see the 3D printer as a signal of even more amazing technologies to come.

Artist Jonty Hurwitz was inspired by 3D printing technology and its possibilities, and decided to do something that was never done before. 

Hurwitz decided he was going to use 3D printing to create what he calls “nano sculptures.”

The first step in the process was creating a 3D digital image of a model. To do this, Hurwitz and his team used around 250 digital cameras.

They completed the design and sent it out. Later, they received a small box containing seven figurines that were invisible to the naked eye.

In order to see these sculptures in full detail, they had to use special electron microscopes. Without these microscopes, the nano sculptures are impossible to see.

Unfortunately, the nano sculptures were accidentally destroyed by one of Hurwitz’s colleagues when he handled the box containing the sculptures.

All that he has left of his nano sculptures are these pictures, but Jonty Hurwitz is proud of what he and his team achieved.


It’s stories like this that make you look in awe at what humanity can do, and wonder with excitement what we will achieve next. I’m sure 3D printing will aid in some part of the next major technological advancement, but only time will tell.

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