Researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) based in Australia, have this week unveiled a new 3D printable smartphone microscope they have created. The small clip-on device requires no external power or light source and is powerful enough to view specimens as small as 1/200th of a millimetre. Enabling those interested to examining blood cells, cell nuclei, plant cells, microscopic organisms and more.
Harnessing the light from the smartphone flash via “internal illumination tunnels” smartphone microscope offers improvements when compared to other smartphone microscopes that use external LEDs and other power sources, say its developers. The awesome smartphone microscope is easy to assemble and requires just a single step and no additional illumination optics. The ARC researchers have made the 3D printing files publicly available, which can be accessed via the link below and used by anyone who has access to a 3D printer.
Lead developer and CNBP research fellow at RMIT University Dr Anthony Orth explains “We’ve designed a simple mobile phone microscope that takes advantage of the integrated illumination available with nearly all smartphone cameras. Our mobile microscope can be used as an inexpensive and portable tool for all types of onsite or remote-area monitoring.” For more information on the 3D printed smartphone microscope jump over to the Nature.com website, or the CNBP.org For the 3D printing files required to create your very own.