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There is an DIY AFM workshop with one hobbyist from the States and one professor from India. They assembled their own DIY AFM within 2 hours crafting time.

Here is a link to previous project:

https://www.instructables.com/id/A-Low-Cost-Atomic-Force-Microscope-%E4%BD%8E%E6%88%90%E6%9C%AC%E5%8E%9F%E5%AD%90%E5%8A%9B%E9%A1%AF%E5%BE%AE%E9%8F%A1/

Step 1: Preparing the Parts Before Assembly......

Finish edges of the parts.

Step 2: This Time...we Use Instant Glue....

In stead of solder, all the structures are glued by instant glue, which makes assembly easier and healthier.

Step 3: Wiring the Scanner....

Use solder iron for wiring cables of the scanner.

Step 4: Gluing the Z Axis Transducer of the Scanner

Very important!

Step 5: Assembling the AFM Head

Again....glue everything.....

Step 6: ​The Optical and Mechanical Parts Are Done!

Just put one magnet on top of the Z transducer.

Step 7: Performance Evaluation

The optomechanical part is connected to a AFM controller

Step 8: Low Cost AFM Calibration Sample: DVD Data Tracks

Use the DVD data tracks (pitch= 740 nm) for calibrating scanning range of the scanner.

Step 9: Measuring the AFM Calibration Sample (NT MDT TGQ1)

The DIY AFM with economy AFM controller can successfully measure height of square calibration features 20 nm with contact mode.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomic_force_microscopy

Step 10: Measuring 1.4 Nm Features on the TGQ1

Surprisingly we found that the DIY AFM can work with non-contact mode (attractive interaction between atoms caused by van-der-Waals forces) which resolves 1.4 nm height feature on the TGQ1.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-contact_atomic_force_microscopy

Step 11: The DIY AFM With Advanced Controller

The DIY AFM with advanced AFM controller can clearly see the DVD data tracks when operated in AC (Tapping) mode.

Step 12: The DIY AFM With Advanced Controller

20 nm Squares and 1.4 nm features are clearly seen.

Step 13: Measuring Nano Particles

Step 14: Resolution Limit Test....

The DIY AFM system with 12bits controller can resolve 0.5 nm which is similar to height of 2 carbon atom layers on HOPG (Highly Ordered Pyrolytic Graphite) surface.

<p>Dear Professor Hwu,</p><p>I like this project very much, i'm studying a telecommunication degree and i'm thinking about doing something similar as final degree project but I dont know if this project will exceed my project time. Could you send me the the detail instruction about how to make it?.</p><p>Thank you very much in advance and please keep posting interesting projects.</p><p>email:javipereirogarcia@gmail.com<br></p>
Hi JavierPG, sure! I sent you some references already. Enjoy!
<p>Dear Professor Hwu,</p><p>I like this project very much. I'm currently working on redesigning of AFM, which was made in 2004 at our institute. Could you send me the detail instruction on how to make it, it would be easy for me.</p><p>Thanks in advance!</p><p>Email: mukesh.seep@gmail.com </p>
Sure! Enjoy!
<p>Dear Professor Hwu,</p><p>I find your project very interesting. I'm currently building a low cost DC sputtering machine from microwave oven spare parts. If I manage to get it work, it would be wonderful if could measure the deposited thin layers at home. If it is possible, I'd like to ask you to send me a detailed instruction about your AFM solution (components, assembly, software descriptions).</p><p>Thank you for your help in advance and wish you success for your future work.</p><p>My email address: manyjanos@gmail.com</p>
Hi Manyjanos, I am glad that you like this project. I've sent you some references, have fun!
<p>Dear professor Hwu</p><p>A truly impressive project!!!.</p><p> I am a Spanish high school teacher. I would like to try this with some students!!!.<br>Would you send me more details, please?.<br>Thank you very much in advance.</p><p>aladfar@gmail.com</p>
<p>Sure! The documents are sent!</p>
<p>Hello Professor Hwu,</p><p>First of all I must say this is one of the best DIY project I ever saw!</p><p>could you please share with me the detailed instructions on how to build it?</p><p>many thanks in advance</p><p>Kenigedan@gmail.com </p>
<p>Sure!</p>
<p>Hello Professor Hwu,</p><p>This is really an awesome project. I would like to try it. Can you send me the additional schematics and code? Thank you in advance</p><p>elevisconti@libero.it</p><p>A PhD student<br></p>
<p>Sent!</p>
<p>Sure!</p>
<p>Dear Prof. Hwu,</p><p>I love this AFM project!</p><p>Please kindly email me the instructions at deusglory@yandex.com</p><p>Thanks!</p>
<p>Sent!</p>
<p>Sent!</p>
<p>Dear Dr. Hwu,</p><p>I am interested in learning more about this AFM project and would like to build one myself. Could you send me more information like schematics and instructions.</p><p>Thank you,</p><p>sean.kula@gmail.com</p>
<p>Sure!</p>
<p>Hello Dr. Hwu,</p><p>This is an amazing project! A very useful analytical tool. </p><p>My students will love this project.</p><p>Could you please send me more information ( files, schematics, etc) about this project? Look forward to hearing from you soon.<br>Kindly,<br>Roberto</p><p>rsuarez@unpa.edu.mx</p><p>rsuarez270473@hotmail.com</p>
<p>Sent!</p>
Hello Dr. Hwu,<br><br>I love this idea and I'd like try to build one for my little daughter, is it OK for share the related information? Hope it not so difficult...<br><br>Thanks very much in advance, for this project, and for my little daughter.<br><br>bigbadmouse@hotmail.com
<p>Sent!</p>
<p>Dear Dr. Hwu,</p><p>It's a fun, exciting, and amazing project !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!</p><p>I would greatly appreciate if you could send me the detailed materials and information. Thanks very much in advance.</p><p>ahnsungi79@gmail.com</p>
<p>Sure! The details has been sent.</p>
Dear Dr. Hwu,<br>This is a very successful project.Congratulations.Could you please send me more information ( files, schematics) about this project?Thank you for your help.Have a nice day.<br><br>pemberun@yahoo.com
<p>Sent</p>
<p>Hello Dr. Hwu,</p><p>This is an amazing project! A very useful analytical tool. I never ever imagined making an AFM on my own. Could you please send me more information ( files, schematics, etc) about this project? Look forward to hearing from you soon.<br>Kindly,<br>Chris</p><p>cboggs18@gmail.com</p>
<p>Sent!</p>
<p>Hi, Dr. Hwu,<br>your project is very nice, I never ever imagined making an<br> AFM on my own. I would be <br>really grateful if you could help me with this project by sending me <br>more information ( files, schematics, etc) about this <br>project.<br>Sincerely yours,<br>mousavi_force@yahoo.com</p>
<p>Sent!</p>
<p>Please send me the schematics of the parts. Do you have gerbers for the PCB's? My email address is isaac@revsci.com.</p><p>Isaac</p>
<p>Sent!</p>
<p>Please start with a BOM at the beginning and their price.</p><p>What is the price of all these components when buying them at an online supplier?</p>
<p>How do I send you?</p>
<p>Please put that information in the instructable.</p>
Hi Dr.Hwu,<br>The DIY AFM is really an Intriguing project. I just wanna built one by myself~ Could you send me the BOM, schem, software, etc.<br>Thanks a lot.<br>xoidxerg@gmail.com
<p>Dear Dr.Hwu,</p><p>I am interested in building a homemade AFM! I am from Greece and find your project extremely fascinating. Could you please provide me with schematics and materials needed? My email is : tasoskoulouklidis@gmail.com</p><p>Thank you in advance,</p><p>Tasos</p>
<p>Sent :)</p>
<p>my name is Trushant and i am from India. i am interested in making afm microscope so can you provide me with schematics and materials. thank you</p>
<p>Maybe you can semd me email.</p>
Hi, Dr. Hwu,<br>your project is awesome, I never ever imagined making an AFM on my own, I think I'm lucky to meet you Dr. Hwu, I would be really grateful if you could help me with this project by sending me more information ( files, schematics, etc) about this mind blowing project.<br>I appreciate it in advance.<br>Mohsen.beglou@gmail.com
<p>Sent!</p>
<p>Your project is so great. I like it very much. please send the reference to my Email: <a href="mailto:yuenchunkwong@gmail.com" rel="nofollow">yuenchunkwong@gmail.com</a>. And I would like to share it with my students. Thanks</p>
<p>Sorry for late reply Or2...It's sent.</p>
i want to make this project by my own to i tried but big fail plz help me if u can help me with all diagram also and all coding my id is sandeep200828@gmail.com hope for help thanku do reply ......
<p>sorry for delayed answer....Or2...</p>
<p>I'm working with a coatings start-up (3 people) and we need a very low cost AFM to look at our polymer coatings on nano-particles. Is it possible to share the other parts of this project - the DVD head + PZ driver schematics + software links? This is a GREAT project. I'd be happy to build an extra one and donate it to our local high school. john@jstockton.com</p>
<p>Hi John, thank you for your comment. I am not taking care of the DIY AFM. My student will contact you.</p>
<p>hello sir</p><p> i want to make AFM and plz help me to regarding the data of afm i have tried of my owm of afm but i had a big fail plz help me thanku</p>
<p>Where is the link of your previous projects? Thanks</p>

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