Yuksel Temiz, a scientist working for IBM, was fed up with the shitty images produced by the microscope in his lab. So he set out to build his own motorized microscope using LEGOs, a Raspberry Pi, an 8 megapixel Rpi camera, an Rpi screen and a 3D printer.
The commercial equivalent of this type of microscope costs several thousand euros. Your project will only cost you 280 euros, which is a big saving.
This microscope, called MicroscoPy, can take high-resolution images of objects as small as computer chips, about 10 microns (1 micron is 1/100 of a millimeter). It is intended for macro photography but also for biological imaging or can be used as a microscope or for angle measurement.
This is the type of images that can be made:
And best of all, he put the plans under a free license on the network. This means that anyone in the world can have a professional quality microscope at low cost – that’s really great!
For those who are interested, here is the list of required equipment.
All drawings, STL files (for 3D), software and manufacturing steps are here.