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We engraved the first million digits of pi on crystal and sapphire. Now: pi pendants, lockets, display pieces and Instagram mashups.
We engraved the first million digits of pi on crystal and sapphire. Now: pi pendants, lockets, display pieces and Instagram mashups.
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#nanojemspiproject scanning electron microscope zoom-in image of the second million digit crystal made by nanojems - August 23, 2013. the scale bar is the width of one human hair
#nanojemspiproject scanning electron microscope zoom-in image of the second million digit crystal made by nanojems - August 23, 2013. the scale bar is the width of one human hair
#nanojemspiproject million digits of pi engraved on a 3" crystal on Friday August 23, 2013 (The larger image is an optical image of the crystal, the two insets are, 1)  an electron microscope image of the 3.14.., and 2) an optical image of the last digit)
#nanojemspiproject million digits of pi engraved on a 3" crystal on Friday August 23, 2013 (The larger image is an optical image of the crystal, the two insets are, 1) an electron microscope image of the 3.14.., and 2) an optical image of the last digit)
#nanojemspiproject million digit crystal engraving seen through low power microscope
#nanojemspiproject million digit crystal engraving seen through low power microscope
#nanojemspiproject display piece viewer next to 3" million digit crystal
#nanojemspiproject display piece viewer next to 3" million digit crystal

Nanojems has a big dream - to revolutionize jewelry, fashion and art with a light-scattering marriage of technology and meaning. We see this happening through the design and sale of our pendants, rings, lockets, desk pieces, projectable Instagram and Facebook mashups, and wall art and also by making meaningful fund raising pieces for causes and campaigns. We can engrave many thousands of words on crystal and sapphire gems and mount these in various fixtures such as we plan to do for the core of this Kickstarter project to honor the number pi.

#nanojemspiproject first million digits of pi pattered in gold on sapphire on Friday August 23, 2013
#nanojemspiproject first million digits of pi pattered in gold on sapphire on Friday August 23, 2013
#nanojemspiproject million digits of pi gold on sapphire collage showing how light is carried through and projected from the side of the sapphire crystal
#nanojemspiproject million digits of pi gold on sapphire collage showing how light is carried through and projected from the side of the sapphire crystal

We're going to use our patented micro-engraving technology to engrave the first million digits of pi on single-crystal gems and then mount them on pendants, in lockets, and in display pieces. Not only are we offering a teaching and presentation pack but we also think this is a great way to honor pi, Pi Day, and Einstein's birthday all in one and we want to share it with the world (especially before Pi Day 2015, which will contain a once in a life-time sequence of the digits of pi).  We've proven these concepts before with our record breaking engraving of a million digits of pi on 3" crystals and with our Hobbit project where we engraved 92,000 words (552,000 characters) on two gems, mounted on a gold-plated copper dog-tag. Both of these examples used text sizes larger than needed for display and coverage so we plan to use smaller text size for the pi gem to pack the digits in a smaller space but we are also considering highlighting certain sections of the number or adding additional labeling with larger text size on the side of the gem.

NanoJems® Hobbit Dog Tag Engraved With 92,000 Words
NanoJems® Hobbit Dog Tag Engraved With 92,000 Words

Sterling silver pendants have been designed and manufactured and the first design concept for the gem pattern on the pendant has been completed.

#nanojemspiproject sterling silver pendant designed and manufactured for this project
#nanojemspiproject sterling silver pendant designed and manufactured for this project
#nanojemspiproject sterling silver pendant with chain
#nanojemspiproject sterling silver pendant with chain
#nanojemspiproject complete design illustration of the million digits of pi pendant including the gold on crystal gem mounted on a silver pendant
#nanojemspiproject complete design illustration of the million digits of pi pendant including the gold on crystal gem mounted on a silver pendant

To help get the word out for follow-on orders and to celebrate this accomplishment before the 2013 holiday season and Pi Day 2014 and 2015, the $25 reward level is a custom T-shirt that will display 9000 digits of pi. We've also made a custom calendar that shows each day as its first location in the number pi.

#nanojemspiproject T-shirt design
#nanojemspiproject T-shirt design
#nanojemspiproject #picalendar August, 2013 example
#nanojemspiproject #picalendar August, 2013 example

In addition to making the T-shirts, calendars, custom art, mashups and legacy pieces offered as rewards, the majority of the project funds will be used to finish the semiconductor fabrication masks for the compact pi gem design, perform the fabrication of the gems, acquire and engrave pendants and lockets, and assemble the final pieces.  Funding this project will also help us further develop our software and hardware infrastructure so we will be able to make more custom designs in the future and eventually have an automated online design platform that will allow anyone to upload images and text and design their own pieces for print on crystal or sapphire.

#nanojemspiproject example of a million digits of pi scaled up to the size of the pendant
#nanojemspiproject example of a million digits of pi scaled up to the size of the pendant

And there's more ...

#nanojemsprojection nanojems instragram mashup [chrome on glass] to be patterend on projectable sapphire or glass pendants guitar picks or charms
#nanojemsprojection nanojems instragram mashup [chrome on glass] to be patterend on projectable sapphire or glass pendants guitar picks or charms

We are also unveiling Instragram and Facebook Mashup gems that include 9 to 100 of your favorite images and up to 20,000 words of text ( about you and what you want to say! ) that make a custom pattern that can be used to create crystal, glass or sapphire pieces for collection, sharing, displaying and projecting ( with your iPhone or Android flashlight or other light source ).


And finally, we are offering custom artistic pieces for display in personal or public collections.  Entry level pieces can include crystal or sapphire of various colors with patterns that highlight the beauty of this new artistic media. Higher level pieces are custom legacy pieces crafted with images and hundreds of thousands of words selected to add meaning and make a lasting and unique expression.

#nanojemspiproject #nanocanvas #artrevolution framed piece made with a patterned single crystal wafer.
#nanojemspiproject #nanocanvas #artrevolution framed piece made with a patterned single crystal wafer.

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk was that this would have been our first 1 million character engraving. However, we just achieved the 1 million digits of pi goal on August, 23, 2013. Now the biggest challenge will be to reduce the size of the engraving for pendants but we think the larger three inch size will work great for desk displays. For the pendants we found that managing the million digits and getting everything ready for mask fabrication was the main challenge and now that we have our mask files we can simply scale the text size down. In our record attempt on August 23rd we were using 5X larger text than needed so we are confident the digits will scale down to fit on the pendant - we just need to prove that. We also have more than 30 years of combined experience in the microfabrication industry and experience with challenging projects so we're confident we can deliver on this design! :)

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    Shout out on the Nanojems twitter feed!

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    Pi project pdf document with your name, number of interest, and coordinates to that number on the top of the first page. Your number of interest will also be highlighted in the pdf document where it exists in the first million digits of pi.

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    Glossy Wall Calendar for 2014 and 2015 with Each Day of the Year Displayed as The First Location of That Date in Pi. See our example for August 2013: https://twitter.com/Nanojems/status/368615110584975360/photo/1

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    Unmounted pi gem on a gel strip holder. (same gem that will be mounted on pendants and in lockets) Hold 1 million digits of pi in your hand! View with a viewer and see key numbers.

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    Single Crystal Surface Framed Wall Art. 8.5 x 11 inch framed and matted display with single crystal silicon wafer piece of brilliant color where the color is not painted on but created from the interference pattern of the light waves through the thin glass film on the surface. This brings the beauty of this novel artistic media ( used for making the gems ) to view as art by itself. Each framed piece is numbered and signed.

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    One of the original Nanojems US Flag Pins with the Constitution, Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights engraved on the Nanojems Crystal

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    Pi Pendant

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    Pi Pendant Desk Piece. Pendant mounted under a globe magnifier for display on a desk or shelf.

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    10-Image Instagram Mashup. 10 favorite images from your social media or personal collection combined with 5,000 words from your posts and writing or favorite works - all combined in a custom design as a signature personal piece engraved on clear glass with gold.

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    Teaching and Presentation Pack. 1 Pi Pendant Desk Piece, 1 Pi-Project T-shirt , 1 PDF document with lesson/presentation plan, presentation slides and quiz. (Pack includes access to online fly-by video of engraving on gem)

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    30-Image Instagram Mashup. 30 favorite images from your social media or personal collection combined with 20,000 words from your posts and writing or favorite works - all combined in a custom design as a signature personal piece engraved on clear sapphire with gold.

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    Custom Two Piece ( 3" diameter ) Commissioned Nanojems Legacy Set. Up to 200,000 words of your choice and up to 50 images to create a custom and unique work on a solid sapphire canvas patterned with gold.

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    Custom Five Piece ( 3"X3") Commissioned Nanojems Legacy Exhibit. Up to 4,000,000 words of your choice and 600 images to create a custom masterpiece.

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