Test print of microscopic dust, next onto the 4-foot version.
A microscopic piece of dust, sliced by a focused ion beam inside an electron microscope. The dust is coated in a one-micron-thick layer of pure platinum to “seal” it in place before slicing. Created at the Center for Multiscale Imaging at Stevens Institute of Technology.
I was fortunate enough this week to visit the Stevens Laboratory for Multiscale Imaging, home to the campus’ electron microscope. Generously, they offered for me to make some images on the microscope. I brought in small (12mm square) samples of a hard-drive platter (above), a small 3D print and a CD-R. More images after the break; a full set of images and process photos here.
An RCA model EMT3 desktop electron microscope, circa 1950. Via Wikipedia user Gregory Tobias.
Images of vinyl record grooves taken with an electron microscope by Chris Supranowitz. Would like to see an entire record’s grooves translated into a 3d model, inverted vertically and printed as a mountain range.
And if you thought digital storage was somehow non-physical, the image below is of data stored on a CD – each dot is a 1, with the gaps 0s. Unlike magnetic media where the information is simply an electronic charge, these pits are visible and tangible.