The world’s tiniest vinyl cut holds just 25 seconds of "Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree."
There's very little holiday cheer to be found on this Christmas record printed by DTU Physics at the Technical University of Denmark.
That's because it's a record so small that it could fit within a single groove of a standard sized copy. This impressive feat of engineering marks the world's smallest vinyl printed record, and it holds just 25 seconds of "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree."
In a demo showcased by the university's DTU Physics organization, the Nanofrazor Scholar 3D lithography system presses a 15×15 micrometer record into polymer film. More impressively, the depth of the grooves inscribed on this sliver of a record are just 65 nanometers deep.
Dillon Francis shared his painful, eight-hour experience wolfing down 16 supersized pancakes.
The world's tiniest vinyl cut holds just 25 seconds of "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree."
KDrew and Culture Code prove themselves to be a high-flying powerhouse duo in their new collaboration.
"I have done lithography for 30 years, and although we’ve had this machine for a while, it still feels like science fiction," said Peter Bøggild, a physicist at DTU. "To get an idea of the scale we are working at, we could write our signatures on a red blood cell with this thing. The most radical thing is that we can create free-form 3D landscapes at that crazy resolution."
Though there may not be a whole lot of practicality in a microscopic Christmas record, the endeavor showcases a powerful advancement in the world of material science: the ability to manipulate and contour materials with nanoscopic accuracy. In fact, the DTU team believes the exercise marks an important research development, considering the approach could be applied to manipulate other materials in the future to make things such as tiny magnetic field sensors.
Sign up for the latest news, exclusive giveaways & more.
“With less noise and an excellent stereo image at low frequencies, this is the vinyl manufacturer the world has been waiting for.”
After discovering a 1960s-era stereo, Panasonic outfitted it with a particularly unique design and one-of-a-kind functional features.
Wax collectors, get your wallets ready!
In a world where streaming music is not the norm, a charity store in Glasgow is making a profit off of vinyl and cassette sales.
Mind = blown.
The U.S.’s music revenues are up, and CD and vinyl sales are selling more than digital for the first time since 2011.
The rare vinyl of Prydz’s debut studio album was just one of 500 ever pressed.
Vinyl pressings of the original “TRON” film’s soundtrack, scored by legendary composer Wendy Carlos, are also available for pre-order.