A sweet bit of outreach. The seaside rock represents the fruits of a project to make a video comparing the fabrication of microstructured optical fibres and rock candy. Both involve creating a large scale version of the final structure and then stretching it out, causing it to thin considerably and shrink the internal structure.

Rolling-rock

Processing-rock-through-machine

Rock-that-looks-like-a-fibre-optic-cable

Long-stick-of-rock

Hardened-rock

Preping-the-rock

Cutting-rock

 

Rock-product