OpenFlexure Microscope Kit Build Instructions

OpenFlexure Microscope Kit Build Instructions

Once you are ready to start building your OpenFlexure Microscope kit, you will follow the official OpenFlexure Microscope build instructions. For both the Low-Cost and High-Resilution microscopes, skip steps 1 and 2 and start assembly at Step 3: "Prepare the Main Body". Images of most of the assembly steps are below for additional guidance along with notes applicable for this kit.


Step 3: Prepare the main body

With both versions, the first step is to remove the brim and support ties from the main body. Below are before and after images of the 3D-printed main body. In the before images you can see how the part arrives in the kit with the brim and support ties. The after images show how the part will look after you have trimmed and removed the brim and support ties.


Step 4: Prepare the microscope stand

The OpenFlexure documentation instructs users to mount the trapped nuts in the Microscope Stand using one of the M3 x 10mm socket screws. However, we found that a shorter M3 x 8mm socket screw works better. We recommend using the M3 x 8mm socket screw for these steps and have included one in the kit.


Step 5: Assemble the actuators

No modifications to the OpenFlexure instructions. Images below are included here for guidance only.

Large gears assembly

Step 6: Assemble the optics

The kit includes two optics versions, depending on which version of the OpenFlexure Microscope you are building. As both parts are included, you can easily upgrade from the low-cost version to the high-resolution version at a later date.

  • Low-cost microscope: Assemble the Basic Optics Module using the included Pi camera platform and lens spacer
Assembled Basic Optics Module for the Low-Cost microscope
  • High-resolution microscope: Assemble the Optics Module using the included Optics Module and Pi camera cover
Assembled Optics Module for the High-Resolution microscope

Step 8: Assemble the illumination

In this step you can skip sections 4 & 6. Use the diffuser and cables included in the kit.

Image of OpenFlexure after mounting the Illumination Dovetail & Condenser Arm

Step 9: Assemble the motors & Step 10: Attach the sample clips

No modifications to the OpenFlexure instructions. Image below is included here for guidance only.

Image of OpenFlexure after mounting the Stepper Motors, Cable Tidies and Sample Clips

Step 11: Complete the wiring

Instructions for the next steps are on the Electronics Assembly page linked below.

OpenFlexure Microscope Electronics Assembly
These steps are also covered in the official OpenFlexure Microscope Complete The Wiring assembly page. We have also included some additional images and instructions below specifically for the OpenFlexure Kit and the Sangaboard v5. About the Sangaboard Each kit includes a pre-programmed Sangaboard v5. The Sangaboard is the motor control

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