Article | May 13, 2021

When The Right Microscope For Your Application Doesn't Exist

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What to do when you cannot find a suitable microscope for your application? Many microscope users face this question when developing novel microscope imaging methods or software. Available systems are general microscopes with additions for specific known microscopy techniques, and they are not easily customizable.

Then the question becomes, build or buy? Building a custom microscope has traditionally meant taking the do-it-yourself (DIY) route or outsourcing it to someone else. The DIY way may be the cheaper option but has its limitations. It can also be difficult if you do not have the required expertise and ties up valuable personnel time. Outsourcing the design of a complete motorized solution, conversely, can incur high costs. To overcome these problems, Prior Scientific developed the OpenStand, a versatile imaging system development platform. Customers with needs for customized microscopes and optical systems can build their unique solutions using proven components and Prior’s expertise.

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