The Smallest 3D Printed Character in the World
Updated: Aug 31, 2022
The movie "Micro Monsters 3D" is a documentary about the smallest 3D stop-motion animated character. This character was only 0.3mm tall and was filmed using an electron microscope by a scientist at Cambridge University.
The film shows how this tiny creature came to life through 3D printing, and it's no wonder that the movie has been watched by so many people online.
Although this is just a small part of the overall project, it's still impressive to see how it was made possible with 3D printing technology.
The movie shows how a team of scientists and artists worked together to create this tiny character, which they call "Nemesis", who is part of a family of four characters called the "Micro Monsters".
The team behind Micro Monsters 3D had already created other tiny characters like "Proteus" and "Eros", but Nemesis was the first character made from scratch using digital technology rather than traditional sculpting techniques.
In order to create stop-motion SEM footage, Lambert and Vitry printed 250 micro-figurines - in many different positions - using a two-photon laser 3D printer.
As a result of participating in this experiment, the researchers were able to test the limits of their 3D printer and also consider future research manipulations.
The project was created by the French company, Darrowan Prod, and the University of Franche-Comté (via its FEMTO-ST institute).