In what could only be possible in Hollywood’s Ant-Man, 3D object shrinking might soon be a reality. Thanks to a team of MIT scientists, who have figured out a way to shrink objects to the nanoscale level.
According to the published MIT Research paper on 3D nanofabrication by volumetric deposition and controlled shrinkage of patterned scaffolds, the process of the exponential volumetric compression in size can be achieved in a simple lab and using materials readily available in many biology and materials science labs.
The process utilizes a laser to form polymer patterns as scaffolding. The researchers then attach useful materials at certain positions in these molecular frames to create a replica of an object. The team is able to shrink this polyacrylate structure to one-thousandth the size of the 3D printed object using an acid.
3D nanoscale object replication is a new finding. In contrast, 2D nano reproduction is possible. Furthermore, a 3D-like object is currently possible by adding 2D layers on top of each layer. However, the newest finding in the nanoscale reproduction has the potential to offer higher resolution at the infinitesimal level.
The 3D nanoscale shrinkage technology has many benefits, including in medicine and physics.
Source, MIT News