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Lego Spectrometer

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This is the latest version of Public Lab's DIY Desktop Spectrometry Kit -- the Lego Spectrometer. It addresses issues of rigidity, sourcing, modularity, and image quality over previous versions.

We've been making and distributing Do-It-Yourself spectrometers since 2011, and have been through 4 major kit versions and hundreds of different community contributed modifications, new versions, changes, and more.

Get a kit

This is an open source kit, so you can just build your own -- but to order parts for a kit, visit the Public Lab Store:

Design goals

Over the years, we've identified a few really critical improvements that have been tough to solve:

  • rigidity
  • easy to source parts
  • modularity - working together
  • image quality

Our mission is to make it easier, cheaper, and more accessible to do environmental monitoring, and to do that as an open source, collaborative community. And of course part of that is cost -- while people build upon our kits with more expensive options and upgrades, we want the basic kit to be extremely affordable.

Quick start

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Assembling the Public Lab Lego Spectrometer

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Introducing a Lego Spectrometer

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Questions

Title Author Updated Likes
What size cuvettes are used for the lego spectrometer? @joquendo about 2 months ago
What could be some applications of a hand-powered paper centrifuge? @mimiss 3 months ago
Lego Spectrometer cardboard cut out template? @aga 8 months ago
Does the image quality of the raspberry camera higher than the webcam? @Builder6274 10 months ago
Does the image quality of the raspberry camera higher than the webcam? @Builder6274 10 months ago
Raspberry pi operating system for Lego spectrometer @Aleksi12358 12 months ago
Do a DVD is provided with the LEGO kit ? ty ! @adamsanta about 1 year ago
Can I use the lego spectrometer to measure enviromental light spectrum? @baxamook over 1 year ago
Uploading images from raspberry pi. @cedarlodge over 1 year ago
Lego Spectrometer suitable for studying sunlight? @jsbonillam over 1 year ago
Do I need to use a DVD-R? Will a CD-R work too? @jordankc over 1 year ago
normal or noIR camera? @iamben over 1 year ago
Quantifying Phytonutrients using a Spectrometer, Possible? @zayas over 1 year ago
How do I... @Sahil over 1 year ago
I want to know a method to quantify milk proteins using the foldable mini spectrometer, Is this possible? @julsmill over 1 year ago
Can a DIY spectrometer be used to measure water turbidity? @warren over 1 year ago
How do I trigger a photo on a Raspberry Pi camera using a button? @warren over 1 year ago
How can we set up a Raspberry Pi camera as an ethernet USB device to avoid using WiFi @warren over 1 year ago
How can we stream video to SpectralWorkbench.org or Infragram.org from a Raspberry Pi camera? @warren over 1 year ago
What's an easy way to compare two liquid samples with a spectrometer? @warren over 1 year ago
Can I upgrade a DIY spectrometer with a Raspberry Pi camera? @warren over 2 years ago
Getting the spectrometer to work with a Raspberry Pi? @anjohn12 about 3 years ago
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Building your Lego Spectrometer

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Spectrometry activities

Purpose Category Status Author Time Difficulty Replications
Detecting Pesticides in Organic and Conventional Raspberries using Open Source Instrumentation - - @silverhammer - hard 0 replications: Try it »
Using the Spectroscope for Analysis of Concentration (Beer's Law) test-limits - @straylight 3h medium 0 replications: Try it »
First "PIG Oil Only Absorbent Mat Pad" Test - - @Matej - - 0 replications: Try it »
Separating Oil from Water by Freezing the Water - - @Matej - - 0 replications: Try it »
Preliminary LED and isopropyl alcohol solvent tests for oil fluorescence analysis - - @warren - - 0 replications: Try it »
Testing the Oil Testing Kit: identifying a "somewhat unknown" sample - - @warren - - 0 replications: Try it »
Oil Testing Beta --plus Grand Isle tar - - @eustatic - - 0 replications: Try it »
Spectrometry Sample Extraction at the Parts & Crafts Toolshed-Raising - - @warren - - 0 replications: Try it »
Spectrometer 3.0 add-on v2 - - @programmer1200 - - 0 replications: Try it »
Mobile cuvette holder - - @cfastie - - 0 replications: Try it »
Testing high-brightness 405nm LEDs in fluorescence spectroscopy of oils - - @warren - - 0 replications: Try it »
Honlian 60s LED nail polish hardener, various LED fluorescence updates - - @warren - - 0 replications: Try it »
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Spectrometer calibration

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Tinkercad model, below

Parts

3D models

  • Tinkercad: https://tinkercad.com/things/43IqCTHE7Iz
  • Thingiverse: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2711528

3D brick models

Lots of great brick models are available here: https://printabrick.org/ and on http://thingiverse.com

  • assorted standard bricks: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2626413
  • holey bricks: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1095326
  • sloped brick: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:527185
  • corner L brick: https://printabrick.org/bricks/2357
  • brick w/ peg: https://printabrick.org/bricks/2458 (I used this instead of a 1x2 hole brick + a friction peg, because I couldn't find a model for the brick)

Brick dimensions are nicely described in this diagram from Wikipedia:

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lego_dimensions.svg


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