1 Billionth Scale Ion Model Of Enterprise-D

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This Starship Enterprise NCC-1701D of Star Trek was fabricated by Takayuki Hoshino & Shinji Matsui, in one-billionth scale by 30 kV Ga+ focused-ion- beam CVD using phenanthrene gas for the The 47th International Conference on Electron, Ion and Photon Beam Technology and Nanofabrication Bizarre/Beautiful Micrograph Contest back in 2003, which is the equivalent of a couple centuries in internet years, or 49 dog years for people who keep track of things in dog years. The model measures a mere 8.8 micrometers long. (There are 1000 micrometers in 1 millimeter)

(Hits a bong)

Dude, that’s like…really small…

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1 StanSki March 14, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Dude… (bubbling bong)… that is really, really small. And it looks like a mushroom.


2 Play Lead Guitar March 14, 2010 at 1:10 pm

The saucer sections looks awful warped, has someone been letting Deanna drive again?


3 John Woods March 14, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Wow, thats incredible dude. I ean like WOW.



4 the Slice March 14, 2010 at 8:29 pm

what a waste of science.


5 Roger March 14, 2010 at 8:59 pm

@the Slice What a waste of oxygen.


6 Julio March 14, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Guys I have a great idea. Lets not try and cure cancer but instead make pointless models of the Starship Enterprise.


7 Roger March 14, 2010 at 9:06 pm

There are people out there actively pursuing a cure for cancer. This is meant to be something called “fun”. It seems like you need to have more of it.


8 'Cure for Cancer' Guy March 14, 2010 at 9:15 pm

I’m sciencing as fast as I can!


9 post March 14, 2010 at 9:28 pm

Do you realize how hard is it is build arbitrary three dimensional shapes that small? Fuck you, Julio– I hope you and everyone you loves dies of cancer (they probably will).


10 matt March 14, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Its all floppy and out of proportion, this is lousy.


11 matt March 14, 2010 at 9:29 pm

jk, good job


12 Grigor March 14, 2010 at 9:29 pm

So, like….is Kirstie Alley sitting in the captain’s chair? That would explain the dip in bow….


13 What a jerk March 14, 2010 at 9:35 pm

You people are morons….

This is the first step in creating viable nanomachines that actually do something. We’re still figuring out how to make molecular motors and such, and these guys did something amazing by constructing such a detailed object on that scale…in 2003!!! That shit is just amazing, I’d like to see any of you bitching little babies do anything near that…Oh, no – you’re probably getting ready to goto work at McDonalds or Dominoes right now to pay for your Modern Warfare 2 and WoW addictions.

Fuckin christ.


14 Geez March 14, 2010 at 9:42 pm

People need to lighten up. These guys have dedicated their lives to studying in their particular field, and if they want to have fun and enjoy what they’re doing it, more power to them. There are way too many people *not* having fun at their jobs, and it’s people like you guys who take the fun out of work.


15 Wink March 15, 2010 at 12:09 am

@ ‘cure for cancer’ guy. you’re hilarious..! Can you science any faster, gosh… :)


16 FIB March 15, 2010 at 12:47 am

Just to put this into perspective, 8 microns is about the diameter of a red blood cell.


17 'Cure for Cancer' Guy March 15, 2010 at 1:10 am

I do try so diligently. I think I’ve found a new handle with this ‘Cure for Cancer’ Guy thing. It seems to be a big hit, and it sure beats ‘Dilatory Chronic Masturbatory’ Guy.


18 Pieter Botha March 15, 2010 at 6:14 am

Reminds of the episode, “Twisted” from Star Trek: Voyager, season 2 episode 6.


19 MaxTheChemist March 15, 2010 at 2:38 pm

A few of you have made some valid points here. As someone in the physics and chemistry fields, I have an insider’s perpective on this sort of thing. Consider for a moment that a work like this takes a ton of time, and probably cost several thousands of dollars, what could be considered a waste. Add in to that the saucer section is warped–but, one must keep in mind that this model is made of only thousands of molecules using a high-energy laser to cut it. It’s equivalent to sculpting the Venus de Milo using a wrecking ball.

‘What a jerk’ Makes a good point though. as wasteful as something like this might seem, this is only a showcase piece, meant to awe people and generate funds for the research that is really important: tiny machine that can cure–among other things–cancer. There are far worse things than cancer, and some day we may have the mini-machines to combat all of them thanks to research like this.

Just try to keep everything in perspective people. Very little done in science is pointless.


20 Doogie March 15, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Now they got me wondering if warp factors are radically different in nanotech-scale. If LaForge strains the engines to push warp 9.9, would they be able to keep up some ‘pants-on-the-ground-fool’ on a skateboard?


21 Pattaya Girls March 15, 2010 at 5:36 pm

that’s really cool, a whole star trek universe could fit in a shoe box.


22 MartyCasper March 15, 2010 at 8:09 pm

@Doogie. Good question, but warp speed is not relative due to the size of the warp bubble. The warp factor would not differ from one sized object to another considering it’s even possible in the first place.


23 MarktheArtGuy March 16, 2010 at 11:42 am

The Joke is this was not Michelangelo carving David or Greek artisans carving Venus de Milo or even cave paintings. This object is a poor-mans representation of trite pop. It demonstrates a “scientist’s” lack of creativity. It speaks of whim and playfulness without thought. This team of physicist was handed a very powerful microphone and said… “boobies.”

This was a masturbatory effort and represents ability but not talent.


24 MaxTheChemist March 17, 2010 at 7:06 am



You do it. No seriously, try it.

Also, you totally missed the point. Again. Good job. *slow clap*


25 Arya March 17, 2010 at 9:51 am

You do realize that most of you are just bullshitting, trying to fight for the sake of what…?
Maybe your just trying to have a go on someone to express your frustration or something but c’mon… relax!
You might think this is brilliant or crappy, but do you really have to create this kind of arguments??

You take yourselves too seriously


26 Arya March 17, 2010 at 9:51 am



27 Evan March 17, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Did anyone take time to notice that this was for a contest? It wasn’t some guys just goofing off in a lab.

It’s not as if this kind of work is trivial. Before finding a cure for cancer, scientists and engineers have to develop the tools and techniques required to get there. At a certain point in a person’s education, he won’t have the knowledge required to actually make something useful. He’s still trying to learn how to make “something.” So why not have a little fun at the same time?


28 King Flatulence March 24, 2010 at 11:49 pm

Who cares? Star Wars sux anyways.


29 chuppachop March 25, 2010 at 7:27 pm

thats nothing I just took a dump and it had wrinkles on its forehead exactly like worf’s


30 Sipylos March 26, 2010 at 12:25 pm

How much energy had been used for that ?Maybe it could have been enough for a village for 1 year?


31 bitch bitch bitch March 27, 2010 at 12:21 pm

All of the people complaining on here are really funny. They probably don’t know what they’re talking about and are self proclaimed members of “GREENPEACE” or something. Seriously…lighten up. It’s little things like this that takes us forward in science. I’m going to be honest here, I found this on Stumbleupon, and I’ll probably never look at these comments again. So replying will be useless. That’s probably the case for like…half the people here.


32 CF April 1, 2010 at 2:46 pm

The fact that it had a forehead at all is troubling.

…says the guy bumming around on the Internet, weiner in hand.


33 Rea April 11, 2010 at 9:08 pm

i would like to remind people of something… don’t feed the trolls. i have seen four troll posts already and i haven’t even read half. and every single one of them got a bite. don’t feed the trolls. if you don’t know what a troll is, look it up.


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