At the University of Bath in the U.K., researchers have developed an open-source design that allows labs around the world to three-dimensionally (3D) print their own precision microscopes.
The OpenFlexure Microscope is a fully automated, laboratory-grade device with motorized sample positioning and focus control, and can be constructed for as little as £15 (about $18.50).
It is unique among 3D-printed microscopes in its ability to yield high-quality images, according to the university.
In addition, it was designed to be easy to use, with an intuitive software interface and simplified alignment procedures.
Said Bath’s Richard Bowman, “The medical device industry is very conservatively regulated, and it would be a good thing if all of this new attention (on 3D-printed hardware) means there’s some rethinking done about how we can uphold high safety standards but make it easier to build something if you’re not a mega corporation.”
From "Print Your Own Laboratory-Grade Microscope for £15"
University of Bath (04/28/20) Vittoria D'Alessio
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