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The Lego Microscope Really Does Its Job!

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Image credit: Carl Merriman via Lego Ideas.

With Lego bricks, Lego artist Carl Merriman has successfully created a microscope of the totally functional compound. The LEGO Microscope MkII is capable of the 10x magnification by installed with the magnifying glasses, adjustable knobs as well as LEDs.

Like the microscope used at a lab, this one also have the coarse and fine adjustment knobs to maintain the slides in place for lights and magnification adjustments.

The idea was originated from the Lego X-Pod , which is used for storing or carrying small pieces around, similar to a deep petri dish.

Talking of his Lego microscope, Carl Merriman said that he applied a planetary gear system to make sure both coarse and fine adjustment was available for the objective ‘lens,’”, after some tinkering, he then connected a magnifying glass and fiber optic light in the eyepiece to the focus so as to adjust the focus knobs showing the writing on a LEGO stud in and out of focus. However, the microscope could not be used for examination of viruses or red blood cells due to its exactness.

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Image credit: Carl Merriman via Lego Ideas.

In the past twenty-seven years, Merriman has been engaged in Lego bricks building for 27 years. If his invention could garner 10,000 supporters, a review board will make a decision whether it would be turned into an actual Lego product and marketed globally. If you really appreciate the idea, you can ballot your vote to support this project at the Lego Ideas (formerly Cuusoo) website.

Source: LEGO Ideas