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