The OpenFlexure microscope

 

The cornerstone of the water testing kit developed by WaterScope is the pioneering, 3D-printable OpenFlexure microscope. Released as an open source project under the CERN Open Hardware License, it also gives anyone the means to 3D-print the parts for the microscope and build it themselves.

 

Add a Raspberry Pi camera module and the microscope comes into its own. Thanks to its flexure-based design, its motion is free from friction and vibration, and achieves sub-micron precision and a range of 8mm. The images from the camera can then be processed by a Raspberry Pi and transmitted wirelessly to a smartphone, tablet or PC.

 

And to see the main body of the microscope being printed, you can watch our video below.

 

unassembled waterscope