Open-source magnetic optics base
by jpearce, published
This is a base to hold rods attached to optics equipment for optical experiments.
This component is part of the Open-source optics project, whose goal is to radically reduce the cost of scientific optical hardware: by the [Michigan Tech's Open Sustainability Technology Research Group]( http://www.mse.mtu.edu/MOST).
For similar see the Open-Source Lab How to Build Your Own Hardware and Reduce Research Costs
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Use the OpenSCAD files to customize it for your application, print on your favorite open source 3-D printer and enjoy.
The optics base here comes in two flavors. In the first it is just flat to be used on a normal table. In the second it has a small cylinder cut out in the bottom meant to glue in a magnet - then quasi-permanently hold the position of the component on a magnetic surface.
If you wish to remove or add the hole for the Magnet in the .Scad file, change the line:
magnet_hole = true;
magnet_hole = false;
Full information here: http://www.appropedia.org/Open-source_optics_base
Thanks to Xin and Nick for designs.
This component is part of the Open-source Optics Library: Zhang C, Anzalone NC, Faria RP, Pearce JM (2013) Open-Source 3D-Printable Optics Equipment. PLoS ONE 8(3): e59840.
This is part of a larger project to reduce the cost of scientific equipment using open-source hardware. Read more here