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This image of Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man is milled into a piece of silicon by a focused ion beam instrument and is 15 µm in diameter
This image of Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man is milled into a piece of silicon by a focused ion beam instrument and is 15 µm in diameter

Abstract:
A pioneering fabrication technique developed by NPL and the University of Surrey can mill 3D profiles with unrivalled accuracy.

Nano-Vitruvian Man

UK | Posted on January 21st, 2010

This new technique is capable of milling structures on the nanometer scale in all three dimensions. The ability to control the accuracy in the z-direction, offers a clear advantage over existing alternative techniques.

The technique opens up a range of possible device applications, particularly in the field of optics and calibration standards for microscopy.

Watch a video of the Vitruvian Man being milled here:

www.youtube.com/user/NPLdigital#p/u/21/LthVMALJCns

For further information. please contact David Cox:

resource.npl.co.uk/expertise/search.php?name=David+Cox

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