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NEC Corp., Seiko Instruments Inc. and Himeji Institute of Technology announced Thursday they have developed the technology to build complex microscopic objects using a gallium ion beam that enables, for example, the creation of what they say is the world’s smallest wine glass in just 10 minutes.

In a dedicated apparatus, a gallium ion beam is employed to decompose carbon-containing gas to generate and build up carbon particles into a desired object, officials of the three involved parties said.

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