Building the weirdest iPad stand in existence...

A project log for Quick and Dirty High Performance EE Microscope

I bought an iPad and constantly look for more real life use cases. Turns out it's an excellent electronics microscope!

Timo BirnscheinTimo Birnschein 08/03/2021 at 04:150 Comments

After about 9h of printing... okey. After three failed attempts, about 20h total, I hold in my hand the largest print ever to come off my printer.

It took almost the entire platform and almost the entire available height of my Malyan M180.

The printed holder leaves enough space to place a desk lamp as additional lighting to the flashlight the iPad already provides.

The iPad can simply be slid into the holder for easy access and should be stable even for the large iPad Pro 12.9.

The app allows to adjust the camera settings in magnification, brightness, contrast, and false colors, as well as taking photos and I think also videos (needs to be checked).

The magnification at 50% is already quite substantial, especially on the large screen! 0603 parts can easily be seen and worked on. Part designations can be read, traces followed and LGA parts checked for proper soldering.

It's just brilliant, to be honest!

This is a closeup to the screen, what the quality actually looks like. But keep in mind, at the bottom there is the menu, so this is a really small part of the screen. There is also high reflectivity because of the angle of the part to the light source. So this can look much better if you hold the part slightly differently. All in all, you can guess how much more detail can be seen when using this instead of just your eyes...

Adding to this thing, I would think about two things: