Thanks to 3D Printing, your smartphone could become a microscope that is good enough to be used by scientists.
With a 3D-printed small clip-on device, your smartphone can see objects as small as 1/200th of a millimeter, which is pretty freaking small. The device is being developed by researchers in Australia.
|3D-printed smartphone microscope is good enough for scientists|
Your smartphone could soon be a fully functional microscope capable of examining samples as small as 1/200th of a millimeter. Australian researchers have developed a clip-on device that requires no external light or power sources to produce a clear picture of microscopic organisms and cells from animals, plants and blood — and it can be made by anyone with a 3D printer, as the team is sharing the 3D printing files publicly.
Unlike other phone-based microscopes which use bulky LEDs and other power sources, the device works using internal illumination tunnels, which use light from the camera flash to illuminate the sample from behind. Lead developer Dr Anthony Orth said: “We’ve designed a simple mobile phone microscope that takes advantage of the integrated illumination available with nearly all smartphone cameras,” adding that the device can be used as “an inexpensive and portable tool for all types of onsite or remote-area monitoring.”