(CNN) — Researchers have created the world's smallest boat, measuring just 30 micrometers in length, so small it could sail down a human hair.
Researchers have created the world's smallest boat, measuring just 30 micrometers in length, so small it could sail down a human hair.
Using an electron microscope, a team from Leiden University constructed the vessel as part of research into potential designs for vehicles that could travel inside the human body, for example to administer medical treatments.
It is a tiny copy of the “Benchy” boat, a test structure often used to test the effectiveness of 3D printers.
Researchers conducted the study, published in the Soft Matter journal, to understand how certain shapes of synthetic self-propelled microswimmers affected motion and traction, and better understand the behavior of bacteria. Experts were able to create objects measuring just 4 micrometers. One micrometer is equal to 0.001 mm, or about 0.000039 inch. — Amy Woodyatt, CNN/@CNN