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MEMS linear motion actuator device. Coloured scanning electron micrograph of a close-up of a MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) linear motion actuator device, showing the transfer shaft and guides. MEMS devices are constructed on a microscopic scale using technologies such as wet and dry etching and thin film deposition. Applications include sensors and optical displays. Materials used to construct MEMS devices include silicon and polymers such as plastics. Magnification: x866, when printed 10 centimetres wide.
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