Microtweezer made of silicon (Image 2)
A microtweezer made of silicon grips a glass fiber 5 microns in diameter--about one twentieth of the diameter of an average human hair. Microtweezers are used to pick up small objects of interest in scientific research. The tweezer body can be attached to a wide selection of available tips. The tips can be bonded parallel to the tweezer body, or at any desired out-of-plane angle.
For further information about micromachines, visit the MEMS Precision Instruments website Here. [See related image Here.] (Year of image: 2000)
Credit: MEMS Precision Instruments (http://www.memspi.com)
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