I came across this design via @partsandcrafts recommendation -- on this Hackteria page: https://hackteria.org/wiki/Laser-cut_microscopy_stages#LifePatch_DIY_WebCam_Microscope_Stage
Is anyone interested in giving one of these a go, ordering bolts and springs, and trying it out?
It really seems to be really nice and simple, with two plates that could be identical, and even cut by hand out of wood. Plus these parts:
- 3 bolts
- 6 nuts
- 3 springs
What's nice is that after Parts & Crafts' great work on breaking this into parts, we can keep the rest of the microscope pretty much the same, and iterate on this one part.
Although we may need to do some sourcing of these, say, on http://McMaster.com
Here are some of the links I'm searching through -- there have been quite a few iterations!