Research Analyst Fred Hagemeister writes of an interesting recent 3D project:

Omar Quintero, Biology, contacted me late Monday with an outreach project he is developing.  It revolves around microscopy, using a microscope built out of Lego.  To get it to work, he needed to 3D print some pieces that serve as adapters between the Legos and the optics for the microscope.  See for more information.  From a cost perspective, a Legoscope is not an obvious winner compared to value-line toy or USB-connected scopes based on cost, but the Legoscope can build on natural excitement with children, i.e., science can be fun, and it can evolve through iterative design effort and modular.  The pictures below are of the parts being modeled in Preform printing software and the actual printed parts that are most of the way through the process this morning:

Preform printing of Legoscope pieces                  Printed Legoscope pieces