This microscope was built by veteran Lego builder Carl Merriman who’s been making Lego creations for 27 years. It’s not going to replace a lab microscope, but it does have a magnifying glass and an adjustable lens. He writes:
This build was originally inspired by the LEGO X-Pod sets. While trying to find a use for the pod itself, I realized that it was very close to a deep petri dish. I used a planetary gear system to allow both coarse and fine adjustment of the objective “lens”. A little more tinkering and I connected the focus to a magnifying glass and fiber optic light in the eyepiece, so adjusting the focus knobs would actually bring the writing on a LEGO stud in and out of focus.
Too bad this one isn’t a kit because I’m sure there are legions of budding scientists who’d love to have one. Lets hope it submits it to CUUSOO.
See a picture of the interior mechanism after the break…