The OpenFlexure microscope
WaterScope’s system is based around 3D-printable OpenFlexure microscope designed by co-founder Dr Richard Bowman. 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. WaterScope are using the OpenFlexure microscope for education, with currently over 10 microscopes having been printed and used around the world.
Thanks to its flexure-based design, its motion is free from friction and vibration, achieving sub-micron precision with 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.
- To access the STL files to 3D-print the OpenFlexure microscope, visit our GitHub page.
- A step-by-step assembly guide can be found at the Docubricks project.
- To find out more about the unique flexured-based XYZ stage of the microscope, you can also read the scientific paper on the Review of Scientific Instruments.