Design of the Week: Box Microscope

The 3D printed Box Microscope

This week’s selection is the Box Microscope kit by Cults3D contributor Callen.

This item is a bit of a project, as it involves not only many 3D printed parts that must work together, but also electronics and optical components.

If you assemble the entire device, you’ll end up with an actual working simple microscope that can display magnified images on your PC. 

Fortunately, most of the 3D printed parts are pre-plated into a few STL files to make 3D printing a bit less work. 

 Conveniently plated STL files for the Box Microscope kit
Conveniently plated STL files for the Box Microscope kit

Even better, you’ll notice here that the models have circular additions on the corners to reduce the possibility of warping if you’re printing this in a fussy material like ABS. 

 Assembling the Box Microscope
Assembling the Box Microscope

The components assemble into an adjustable mechanism that varies the distance between the camera and the subject to ensure proper focus. 

 A microscopic image of coffee taken by the Box Microscope
A microscopic image of coffee taken by the Box Microscope

The STL files for 3D printing are available at no charge from Cults3D, but for the non-digital components you’ll have to purchase a kit from associate site Dagoma for €30 (USD$34). 

There’s instructions on how to put the entire set together in French, but they seem pretty straightforward. 

Via Cults3D

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