Small houses have become a very popular trend these days. It’s no longer fashionable to own a huge mansion, even if you only need one or two rooms for yourself. The smaller, the better. However, a team of scientists have recently taken this trend to an entire new level. They have managed to build the smallest house in the world, so small that even a mite would not fit in. In a study, which the Journal of Vacuum Science &Technology A recently published, the team from France explained how they managed to build this unusual house.
It is reportedly only 20 micrometers long, and it’s so small that it wouldn’t even be able to house a mite. The team created the house from a layer of silica which they put upon the tip of an optical fiber. What’s even more interesting is that this tip measures less than the width of a human hair. In order to do so, the team used a new device called the μRobotex platform. This one works by combining three different technologies: a gas injection system, a dual scanning electron microscope, and a very small maneuverable robot.
The tiniest house in the world
According to the new study, the techniques the researchers used to build this tiny house resemble those found in origami. They reportedly used the ion beam like scissors to cut the silica membrane. Once these walls have found their position, the gas injection system makes sure that the edges of the house are stuck in place. The small house even has a tiled pattern on the roof.
Apart from this, the mini-house has four walls, seven windows, and a very small chimney, in case it gets cold and snows. As for the reason why they built this house, it was to prove that the μRobotex platform is able to operate at such accuracy.
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