New York (The Verge) — This microscopic 3D-printed Star Trek Voyager can move on its own theverge.com/2020/11/3/2154….
Physicists from Leiden University 3D-printed a microscopic starship from the television show Star Trek. The five micrometer long ship looks like the USS Voyager and is propelled by chemical reactions. The physicists created the ship to study microswimmer movement and hopefully better understand similar biological microscopic entities like bacteria and white blood cells.
The five micrometer long ship looks like the USS Voyager and was microprinted by the physicists for their microswimmer research. Unlike the impulse engines and warp drive of its TV counterpart, this Voyager is propelled through liquid by chemical reactions between its platinum coating and the hydrogen peroxide solution the physicists placed it in. Their article notes that these studies usually use sphere-shaped models for tests, so the more out-there shapes you see here were intended to produce different results and push the limits of the researchers’ 3D-printer in the process. — Ian Carlos Campbell/@verge