I am thinking about a mobile case for the Openflexure for some time now. The basic Idea is, that due to it’s size/weight/cost it is an ideal microscope for field operation and other tasks where you have to bring a microscope along.
That would require a rugged, watertight case with:
- Additional Storage for Sample Prep Equipment etc.
I found some time this week to test a case and to design a first rough version of a base-platform.
I use a case from Auer Packaging, which should be available for the foreseeable future. It is also relativley cheap, 46€. Auer Packaging Case
Essentially two different types of 3D printed parts (6 parts in total), which hold a plywood board snugly in place. The parts are currently not designed in OpenSCAD, since they are based on the .stp file of the actual case provided by Auer.
I had some troubles setting the insert nuts with just some basic tools. It’s far from acceptable right now, so please ignore this ugly detail. I could have used a drill rig, but I want to come up with an easy to build design which doesn’t require much wood working and too many tools. So I may have to come up with a different solution for attaching the rod.
It would be nice if we could have a project, similiar to the Microscope itself, with BOM, printed parts and an assembly instruction to have a quasi-standard solution for a mobile case. I certainly will continue working on it, since I have the requirement for such a case. Also I will try to document but would really love some input or any other contributions.