SEM of a micro-submarine


Micro-submarine. Colored enhanced SEM of a micro-submarine made by microTEC, Duisburg. The specifications entered into a computer. A reservoir of an acrylic liquid was then solidified by a computer-controlled laser. The beam caused the liquid to polymerise and solidify as it passed through, building up the submarine in layers. The RMPD (Rapid Micro Product Development) process allows tiny components to be made cheaply and accurately. This submarine measures around 4 millimeters in length, 0.65 millimeters in diameter. It is hoped that tiny machines such as this may be used for detecting and repairing defects in the human body.

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