Project Night: DIY Microscopes!
Thursday 10/26, 6-8 pm Somerville Fab Lab 81 Highland Ave, Somerville MA 02143
As part of our first-ever Project Night at the Fab Lab, we're building microscopes!
The goal is to find an affordable, easy-to-build scope that can be used to visualize <5um particles for silica monitoring. Parts and Crafts has been exploring a variety of options for Raspberry Pi microscopes, including the Open Flexure microscope, the Hackteria scope, acrylic and LEGO scopes, the Foldscope, and a variety of 3D-printed smartphone adapters.
We've spent a lot of the past month learning, building, troubleshooting, and sourcing materials. We need YOU to come build some scopes, test out the available options, and give us feedback on how well they work! We'll have a Raspicam setup and a few separate designs to work through. Key questions include:
- Is it easy to build?
- Are the parts accessible?
- Can we see what we need to see?
- How can we break down the project to make it simpler / more understandable?
See here for an overview of Public Lab's frac sand monitoring work.
See here for more information about FabVille Somerville
What is Project Night? A monthly meet-up at the Fab Lab to hang out and share projects and ideas! Our first project night will include pizza, microscopes, open build time, and show and tell for people to share projects they're working on. Bring your friends and bring your projects! FREE and open to the public.
Thank you to everyone who came out! We had about ten people at our first project night and had a great time building scopes. We spent a lot of time on general intro to Raspicam scopes + walkthrough of some simple builds, focusing on the Hackteria scope + the $1 Pocket Microscope, as well as introducing people to the Fab Lab.**Comparing Optics. **We looked at the side-by-side of the Open Flexure basic optics module and the high resolution assembly looking at samples of lung tissue (resolution details + images coming).
Hackteria Microscope Build
Working through the Hackteria project build with the Open Flexure optics assembly
Eric wrote up some very helpful build notes
Will took all the pieces and started rearranging them.
- Compare resolution of Open Flexure optics modules (there are many)
- Thing about how to integrate 3D printed optics with lasercut build platform
- Document the Lego thread solution (not pictured)
- Take more / better pictures