Building on the success of last year’s challenge, first year PhD students from the CDT-ACM were asked to build working microscopes for just £100. Four teams competed to win a prize awarded by the staff and students from the CDT. The winning microscope, designed and built by Hannah Lord, Nick Williams and Horatio Cox, used a 200 mW red laser and three identical lasers to build a high resolution / transmission laser microscope. The body of the microscope was built using 3D printing (Fusion360 modelling) and steel rods. The final cost of the microscope was £84.50. It was an enjoyable afternoon, and staff were impressed by the resourcefulness and ingenuity of everyone who took part in the challenge.
Microscope Challenge 2018