Just a quick one to note the build I did over Christmas. I saw the project mentioned recently in Physics World. Being the happy owner of a 3D printer and always wondering what real use it was, I knew I had to build a microscope. I’ve played with microscopes since childhood, but I’m completely blown away by this one!
I’ve built the pi camera lens version, the image quality is simply amazing. My childhood optical microsocpes could never really reveal very much detail - I used to search for insect compund eyes but never saw them, with openflexure a whole new world is revealed! I’d tried as a child to image red blood cells but never succeeded - now they are revealed in some detail. Nuclei in cells from the inside of my cheek, or the front end of an ant are all equally exciting.
I can’t tell you how impressed I am, thank you for such a great project. I’ve ordered a 40x objective and will fit that when it arrives. My son is a primary school teacher, my next build will be for him to use in the classroom, he thinks it will be a great resource!
My only problem was the small gears were a very loose fit on the stepper motors supplied by Amazon. I’ve modified the OpenSCAD source to make them a much better fit, would it be helpful if I contribute that back?
Thanks again, Martin