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3D Microprinter Builds Spaceship Thinner Than A Human Hair In 50 Seconds (VIDEO)

18/03/2013 11:02 | Updated 18 May 2013

The concept of 3D printing is nothing new - but printing spaceships smaller than a human hair in less than a minute is.

A company named Nanoscribe GmbH has produced a machine which can make hugely detailed sculptures in seconds.

A realtime video produced by the company shows a model spaceship being conjured into existence at an almost absurd rate.

The technique users a laser and rotating mirrors, which is known as "two-photon lithographic printing". The laser is fired at a light-sensitive material, which polymerizes and solidifies where the laser is directed.

As with other 3D printers it builds sculptures up in layers, though in a highly precise manner and a resolution up to 30 nanometres.

Nanoscribe said that the technology is ready for commercial application in medicine, tech and life sciences.

Nanoscribe 3D Printer
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