This configuration of the microscope has the objective above the sample rather than below. It is newer and less well tested than other versions of the microscope.
If you use this microscope for research please consider citing our paper in Optics Express.
If you have problems building this, please let us know on GitLab or on our forum.
Before you start building the microscope you will need to source all the components listed our bill of materials (csv).
The assembly is broken up into several steps:
- Test your printer
- Print the plastic parts
- Solder the LED
- Prepare the main body
- Prepare the seperate z-actuator
- Prepare the microscope stand
- Assemble the actuators
- Assemble the basic optics module
- Assemble the illumination
- Mount the optics and the microscope
- Assemble the motors
- Attach the sample clips
- Complete the wiring
These instructions assume you will build the microscope with a basic optics module. If you have a RMS objective you can put high resolution optics in this microscope.
If using the high resolution optics module a 400mm Raspberry Pi ribbon cable is preferable due to the additional height.