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How to Make a Simple Smartphone Microscope #citizenscience #science #DIY #3dprinting

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A recent post on Digital Trends discussed a 3d printed attachment for a smartphone that allows it to become a microscope. The plastic piece uses a tunnel to channel the light from the camera's flash to the sample plate. The 3D print files and notes are available on Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics, Australia and the only other item needed is a phone camera lens module (which is quite inexpensive). Its capability is described as "strong enough to visualize specimens as small as a two-hundredth of a millimeter."

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This is really cool! I'm hoping this person may also be interested in pitching in on microscope work --

Thanks Leslie!

@warren should this be added to the mic page? Also, I'm hoping to print one of these before Barnraising NJ. :)

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Sure! And be sure to follow the microscopes tag -- lots going on over at #basic-microscope !!!

This seems similar to some microscopes that use a CD or DVD player lense with a phone camera to act as a microscope. Built a couple with the dvd lenses and found them very hard to use. Hope this 3d printed version is much more vesatile!

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