Adding additional functionality

A project log for PCB inspection microscope

Create a fiber optic light illuminator for the 3D printed microscope v3

Apollo TimbersApollo Timbers 12/19/2018 at 15:260 Comments

In a effort to make this a tool that I would not hesitate to use day to day I have made a few small improvements to the design and one large one. As this scope will be running off of a Raspberry Pi I found a nice display model off of GrabCAD  (credit to max morozov for his work). This display is from the Raspberry Pi foundation and features capacitive touch. Its small, light and interfaces with a Pi well. Only downside is the resolution is not as high as I would like, but this is one of those times where you use what you got. To be honest it is still a cool display. I went ahead and modeled up a support arm for it that has angle adjustment. The small changes were moving the power switch to the front of the machine for easy access. I also made the case a little taller overall to accept different heat-sink sizes. This was mainly so that people would be able to mix and match a few different sizes in the future if they decide to build one. This should be fine as long as they don't put too small of a heat-sink in place of the one shown. I went and ordered two 40cm gooseneck conduits online, that I will stuff with end to end fiber cables. 

Well enough of me rambling here is the newest revision of the scope:

A view of the back (not rendered)