The Spectrum of Size
Printing technology is always changing and improving, making new things possible all the time. We have found two examples of printing to excess and small dimensions.
Tiptoe through Turnip Town
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the smallest book in the world comes from Canada coming in at 70 by 100 micrometers and was made by Robert Chaplin who used his brother’s story. Teeny Ted from Turnip Town was printed on pure crystalline silicon and fits on the width of a human hair. It cost $15,000 to create and was made using a focused ion beam and scanning electron microscope.
Step into Bhutan
One of the largest books in existence, Bhutan: A Visual Odyssey Across the Last Himalayan Kingdom comes in at 7 foot by 5 foot as an experience through the Bhutan culture. Headed by Michael Hawley, this giant of a book takes a gallon of ink to print on paper longer than a football field. It takes 24 hours to print a copy and weighs 133 pounds and has heavy binding to keep it together. The pictures are as large as some people and that may be why it garners so much attention other than its size.
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