Under The Microscope: Absorbant Wipes

This episode of “Cool Stuff Under the Microscope” focusses on Absorbant Wipes (e.g. Chux), a common household staple which is typically made from non-woven fibres and are typically disposed of after a single use. The material is normally used for absorbent spilt water and materials on solid surfaces (e.g. kitchen sinks).

The following image was captured by analysing a small cut piece of the absorbent wipe on a glass slide through the Radical Microscope, with the images being focus stacked into one image (below). Images were captured with a Nikon D5300 Digital camera, with the focus stacking being carried out in Adobe Photoshop, and final editing being carried out in Lightroom.

The focus was slightly off, but the structure is nonetheless fascinating.

As always, if you have any idea’s on things to image under the microscope don’t hesitate to let me know either through this site or on social media.

 

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Image: Macro image of the Absorbant material, where you can just see the fibres through the material.

 

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Image: A Microscopic / Photomicrograph of the fibres within the absorbent towel material, where you can see the fibres as well as the colouring.