Smallest 3D stop-animation shot in a scanning electron microscope (w/video)

(Nanowerk News) A new film has set a Guiness World Record by pushing the boundaries of stop motion cinematography, employing the smallest 3D stop-motion animation characters: The movie is shot frame by frame by a scanning electron microscope (SEM).
Researchers at the TIPs Laboratory (École Polytechnique de Bruxelles) participated in the film Stardust Odyssey. This stop-motion animated short film, written and directed by Tibo Pinsard, was shot on a microscopic scale, using 3D figurines just 300 microns tall.
Since the microfigurines resemble David Bowie, the film was named Stardust Odyssey, a tribute to Bowie as well as to the fact that the miniatures are the size of a grain of dust.
Pierre Lambert and Youen Vitry from TIPs printed the 250 microfigurines used in the movie on a two-photon laser 3D printer from the MicroMilli platform.
A humanoid character in full swing, with a foot in the air or arms detached from the body – these positions lead to many constraints to solve, as Youen Vitry explains. Participating in this experiment allows researchers to experience the limitations of their 3D printer and to consider other research manipulations.
This project is the result of a collaboration between the French company Darrowan Prod, the University of Franche-Comté (via the FEMTO-ST institute) and the Free University of Brussels.
Source: Université libre de Bruxelles
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