Peter Diamandis describes Nanotechnology as the “science, engineering and technology conducted at the nanoscale, which is about 1 to 100 nanometers.” Working in this field means that you are looking at a microscope, adding and constructing on a molecular level; basically, you are solving huge problems with tiny tools.
I am starting to see a correlation, however, between this kind of image generation and 3D printing. The process to create art with an electron microscope produces a unique 3D-looking object that can be used as a source for artwork; meanwhile, I have been using models on my own artwork for years, and find that only with a model of what I am trying to create, I am able to reproduce light in a realistic way.
A benefit of 3D printing is that the results are not as unexpected as what you can get from chemical reactions seen under the electron microscope. You can create a unique model (your very own monster, dragon, setting or landscape), which then can be used as a model for your artwork! All students in a class could develop their painting starting from a three-dimensional model, in essence their very own still-life, and the whole thing would cost just a couple of bucks to pull off.
I think I just had another breakthrough regarding the uses of 3D printer. The more I explore other things, the more I keep coming back to it!
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