BEACON TRANSCRIPT – A team of researchers from the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) created the first 3D printed fidget spinner. This device is special since it’s actually the smallest fidget spinner in the world, as its width is only of 100 microns. Through this experiment, the scientists showed what they were capable of creating with the equipment, and highlighted its importance for the scientific world.
BEACON TRANSCRIPT: The 3D printed fidget spinner was created at a microscopical level
The microscopical 3D printed fidget spinner was created with the help of a nanoscribe. This machine is available to any researchers who want to experiment with it, as it can easily be used to create other microscopic devices or microfluidic components.
In fact, what the nanoscribe does isn’t actually 3D printing. It mimics this process through turning a liquid into a solid at a micro level. This way, they can turn any design into reality, no matter how complex it is. As the 3D printed fidget spinner proves, it can also be made of moving parts.
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First of all, scientists need to create the design by using a computer program. Afterwards, this design is deconstructed into small parts, so that the machine would know how to build it. This is the same process undertaken in 3D printing.
Once the matrix for the design is done, the liquid material gets poured into it. In fact, it only needs one drop of the solution, as the nanoscribe does the rest. The machine uses a strong laser which turns the liquid into solid after passing over the entire surface of the matrix.
If you are interested in science, you can always try these machines at ORLN. These facilities are owned by the federal government so, if you get the necessary approval, you can go on and try some of their scientific devices anytime.
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