The Plugable USB microscope is an incredibly versatile and fun product to use. When I plugged it in, I was immediately struck by how even the most mundane objects became totally fascinating. This week I designed a rigid stand for the microscope to allow stable picture-taking and durability. Here is the design.
While the gooseneck stand included in the box is quite useful, it does have some limitations. It is tricky to get the microscope to sit perfectly square to the object. Also, the top-mounted snapshot button requires a very delicate touch to avoid sending tremors down the arm. The stand I designed is meant to compensate for these things and also harken back to the classic look of laboratory microscopes.