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.

unassembled waterscope

Education using the microscope

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