Microstructures in Real Time
Studying the patterns at a cellular level
When researchers are studying new material, they rely entirely on the atomic and molecular levels of the material. Researchers want to explore the behavior of materials on this level. Why? Atoms make up all materials on our planet, including us. Being able to study particles in real-time can give us a more in-depth insight into the planet we live on and a deeper meaning to our lives.
How are researchers doing this
Researchers have made an incredible invention that allows them to see this material at a cellular level and then print them in real-time. Allowing researchers to fully comprehend the patterns and study them on a level they can see.
Why this is a fantastic invention
Subramanian Sankaranarayanan says, “What makes our algorithm unique is that if you start with a material for which you know essentially nothing about the microstructure, it will, within seconds, tell the user the exact microstructure in all three dimensions,”
You can know little to nothing about material or atoms, and this machine allows you to thoroughly learn and understand the structures. There has never been a 3D laser scanning device this accurate or fast before. Making it one of the most amazing tools a researcher can use.
What is 3D laser scanning
This technology takes rapid pictures of an object and collects information that cannot typically be seen by humans. It sometimes takes thousands of images per minute. 3D laser scanning is a way to manage, share, and then print that information with others.
It was initially created in the 1960s but never gained adoption until the 1990s. Since then, it has developed into one of the most high-tech tools on the market, and researchers can use this to print things in real-time now. It is relatively budget-friendly and easy to use. Making it suitable for many different fields.
Other fields that can use this technology
3D laser scanning is not only used to study atoms in real-time; it is used by many different professional areas. For example:
Doctors use this technology to take full-body scans in under a few minutes. Unlike the regular x-ray machines, 3D laser scanning allows a doctor to see under the skin and bones. The technology can quickly tell the materials apart, and this will enable them to overserve any abnormalities that could cause a person any harm.
Forensic investigators adopted this technology to create more evidence to use in court. 3D laser scanning allows them to capture accurate dimensions of an actual scene and create a virtual reality that enables the courtroom to go into the crime scene and view it exactly how it was when the investigator arrived.
Archeologists are using 3D laser scanning to see inside of fossils at a cellular level. This allows them to fully understand how something has developed and evolved over time. It will enable them to go back further in history without harming any artifacts.
Many fields have uses for 3D laser scanning, and many more need access and to view objects at a cellular level in real-time. The invention of this new scanner could allow many different researchers to have access to a scanner that will enable them to get the most accurate details for their individual projects.