Universal Microscope Phone Adapter

by cswaim Mar 10, 2013
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Does this fit an iPhone X?

This clamp is able to be used for a phone up to 70mm wide. I don't have a caliper on hand to measure a phone.

I really loved this print, it is one of the most useful things I have ever seen printed with the 3d printers. It really improves the laboratory experience for students, and is a great teaching tool! We printed out dozens of these for use in our Biology labs, unfortunately most of the larger phones these days will not fit. Any plans to edit the file to be able to accommodate the wider style phones?

Thanks for the feedback! I've only checked it with the iPhone 6 which fit's with mine here. What phone are you using that doesn't work. I'd be happy to design around it!

I also had Problems to fit a Samsung S6 in the Adapter.
Seccond Problem is that my hardware store didn't sell the metal parts from your list.
I used stronger springs. This caused problems whit durability.
Would you put in the construction files from openscad? So i would be able to adapt your construction to my demands.
I also had designed a small part which fits between the clamps so you can use a wing nut without breaking the parts if you tighten the nut.

Thank you for the quick response. My phone works (barely), it is a Samsung Galaxy S5. The width is 2.85 inches. I think that any phone that is larger than this would not work. I will talk to some students and find out which models are too large to work and get back to you.


Probably should have scaled my parts up a bit printing at .1mm; the holes were consistently small and required some serious filing. Works like a charm though! I made a short demo vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGy1q8JeopI

Received the parts, and assembled in about 20 minutes. The hardest part was the torsion spring. The weather is not cooperating, but I look forward to using it soon.Great design, thanks cswaim!

Update! I have parts back in stock if you would like screws, springs and pins to assemble this scope adapter.

Should it be printed with support and what percentage fill?

It shouldn't need to be printed with support with components oriented properly. I'm not sure about % fill. My printer does not have that option.

Just wanted to leave another comment saying how great this item has been - I made 2 for my lab and they are both still in use over a year later. We also purchased a similar product that was marketed as providing the same function but it was total junk - this has been one of the most useful 3D prints I have ever completed!

You are correct, they should be printed flat. It would make sense that if you printed it on edge as shown that it would break. Sorry for the issues. Let me know if you are still having trouble after printing flat.

I've printed one of these and the cell phone holder is great but I am having trouble with the narrow sides of the clip breaking in use. I notice you had everything in the STL files oriented on it's edge. I flipped everything flat to make it easier to print. Is this the mistake I am making or is it something else I am doing wrong?

I just finished printing all the parts for this, the holes were almost close enough to not need any further machining, but I went through with some tools anyway. Waiting on the pin and a spring, can't wait to try it out though. One question - how did you work out your positioning so that the camera lens is the correct distance from the eyepiece? Really solidly designed (and printable) parts though, well done.

Is that needed? Can't one just compensate for that by focusing with the microscope?

Late reply but no - to get the best field of view you want the camera at the same spot your eye would be. I ended up using a block of those little post-it notes as a shim under the phone and peeling them away until the distance was good for that particular phone and microscope.

AMAZING JOB! This can be so handy in the lab

Thanks! Let me know how it works for you? What else do you need in the lab?