Desktop microscopes can be extremely expensive especially when you go for larger magnifications. One interesting 3D printing mod has used the frame and a 3D printed fitting to create a desktop Ender 3 USB microscope. The 3D printed microscope mount requires no screws and snaps into place for easy installation and removal allowing you to transform your Ender 3D printer into a microscope whenever needed.
Created by Thingiverse member “Urish” the 3D printed microscope mount can be customised to suit your 3D printer and requirements. “I designed this part to allow attaching a USB Microscope to the printer. The microscope can be used to check the layers while printing / close-up time lapses. You can also use your printer to precisely control your microscope’s position and take a video of the microscope moving slowly over a surface. The printer stepper can move as little as 12.5μm on X/Y axes, and 2.5μm on Z axes, which allows for very accurate positioning of the microscope.”
For more information and to create your very own desktop microscope using your 3D printer jump over to the websites below for more details and 3D print files.
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