Render: Microscopic Dust


A cleaned up 3D reconstruction of a piece of dust, digitized using an electron microscope. Rendered in glossy pink plastic, because why not?

Dust Slicing

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.

Encapsulated Dust


A piece of microscopic dust sitting on a CD-R, encapsulated in a 1-micron-thick layer of pure platinum to seal it in place.

Sliced Dust Particle


Above: a microscopic dust particle from the surface of a CD-ROM.

Below: the piece of dust, sliced with a “focused ion beam” device. In front of it is a trench cut by the beam as it slices the particle. The slices are imaged and will be reconstructed into a 3D model of the particle.


Electron microscope images of vinyl record grooves

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.