I discovered the OpenFlexure yesterday thanks to a friend. I printed, I admit faster than expected, the parts at home so now I’m ready to get the rest. I already have few RPis and cameras so I don’t need this.
For a bit of context I’m a software prototypist but since few months, beginning with IoT, I started to tinker with hardware. The truth is I don’t need a microscope but I find the concept and the community behind this project fascinating. I’m always eager to discover how open source hardware and software can enable new usages, especially if linked to research. I don’t like to “just” read about it though and instead try to make and share back with others around me after. I’m clarifying this point to say that I’m not a medical researcher in urgent need of parts but I’d still appreciate some pointers.
The rest though of the BOM, except basic things e.g soldering iron or resistor, is missing. In particular optics or dedicated circuits e.g Sangaboard.
I noticed that some items are available via openflexure-industries but unfortunately that seems to be UK only.
I normally buy electronics with DigiKey but I’m wondering if somebody already made a BOM compatible with it (didn’t even try copy pasting the CSV as part numbers seem limited). I’d rather avoid doing multiple orders (shipped from the US) or doing several back and forth at the corner shop (Brico in my case in Belgium) to get the wrong screws.
So… to summarize does somehow have a convenient way to get all or most parts in continental Europe? Did someone else in Belgium built one and if so where did you get your parts? If you are in Brusssels, up for a beer?