It's about as wide as a Strand of Spaghetti
(average; restaurant and supermarket applications) (based on FMA Omcan Italian Made TR50 Counter Top Pasta Machine Extruder 13317)
An average strand of restaurant-grade spaghetti measures 1,700 microns in thickness. In 2010, a California Buca di Beppo set a world record by preparing a 13,780-lb bowl of spaghetti, served in a swimming pool.
It's about one-and-one-third times as long as a Grain of Sand
In other words, 1,700 microns is 1.36 times the length of a Grain of Sand, and the length of a Grain of Sand is 0.735 times that amount.(medium grain)
Composed mainly of quartz, mica, feldspar, or magnetite, a grain of sand measures an average of 1,250 microns. In 2007, a team of seven in Myrtle Beach created the world's tallest sandcastle, which measured 15,100,000 microns in height.
It's about one-tenth as long as an Aspirin
In other words, 1,700 microns is 0.12 times the length of an Aspirin, and the length of an Aspirin is 8.3 times that amount.(for up & up aspirin, 325mg, regular strength tablets) (a.k.a. acetylsalicylic acid, a.k.a. ASA)
A single aspirin tablet measures 14,000 microns in diameter. One of the most common medicines in the world and a foundation of worldwide health systems, an estimated 40,000 metric tons of aspirin are consumed each year.
It's about seventeen times as wide as a Strand of Hair
In other words, 1,700 microns is 17 times the width of a Strand of Hair, and the width of a Strand of Hair is 0.06 times that amount.(average)
A strand of human hair averages 99 µm (micrometers), with blond hair being the finest and black hair the thickest. On a healthy scalp, each strand of hair will last up to 6 years.
It's about twenty times as tall as a sheet of Paper
In other words, 1,700 microns is 20 times the height of a sheet of Paper, and the height of a sheet of Paper is 0.1 times that amount.(for US Letter, a.k.a. ANSI A; 215.9mm by 279.4mm (8.5 in x 11 in); 20lb)
A single sheet of 20 lb, 8.5 inch x 11 inch paper is just 100 microns thick. This style of paper weighs a mere 5 g per sheet.
It's about one-thirtieth as tall as a Golf Tee
In other words, 1,700 microns is 0.03 times the height of a Golf Tee, and the height of a Golf Tee is 32 times that amount.The most common golf tee size and the length preferred for iron and most wood clubs is 54,000 microns tall. The tee did not come into common use until it was promoted by professional golfers Walter Hagen and Joe Kirkwood, as part of a marketing effort by the patent-holder of the well-known, "Reddy Tee."
It's about one-two-hundredth as tall as a Bowling Pin
In other words, 1,700 microns is 0.0045 times the height of a Bowling Pin, and the height of a Bowling Pin is 224 times that amount.(USBC specifications; tenpin)
According to the United States Bowling Congress specifications, a tenpin bowling pin should be within 794 microns of 381,000 microns in height. The USBC further mandates that certified pins be made of sugar maple wood, unless otherwise approved by the organization.