3D Printed Microboat’s Length Is 1/3 the Thickness of a Hair

3D Printed Microboat

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3DBenchy. Credit: Leiden University

From acquiesce stern, this little boat steps 30 micrometers, about a 3rd of the density of a hair. It has actually been 3D-printed by Leiden physicists Rachel Doherty, Daniela Kraft, and associates.

The image was used an electron microscopic lense and can be discovered in their short article about 3D printing artificial microswimmers in the clinical journal Soft Matter.


Kraft’s research study group investigates microswimmers, little particles relocating fluids like water, that can be followed utilizing a microscopic lense. One of their objectives is comprehending biological microswimmers, such as germs.

Most research study of this type is performed on sphere shaped particles, however 3D printing uses brand-new possibilities, as the scientists display in this short article. They likewise printed spiral shaped particles, which turn along while they are moved through water.


The microboat doesn’t have a propellor. 3DBenchy is a basic 3D style for screening 3D-printers. The group’s brand-new Nanoscribe Photonic Professional printer has actually passed this test with flying colors, while developing a brand-new record developing the tiniest ship on Earth (which is even able to set sail in water).

Reference: “Catalytically propelled 3D printed colloidal microswimmers” by Rachel P. Doherty, Thijs Varkevisser, Margot Teunisse, Jonas Hoecht, Stefania Ketzetzi, Samia Ouhajji and Daniela J. Kraft, 12 October 2020, Soft Matter.
DOI: 10.1039/D0SM01320J

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