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I am pleased to share with you that the DIY AFM is reported by the latest Nature Nanotechnology 10, 480 (2015) that the DIY AFM is assembled by junior high school student and successfully measure PM 2.5 particles.

Microscopes are awesome! They help us see things that are not visible to bare eyes. Optical microscopes can only see micro scale (1/1,000 millimeter) structures. However, you can explore nano scale (1/1,000,000 millimeter) world by Atomic Force Microscopes (AFM). Yet a stock-ready AFM usually costs hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy. Thus we are providing you a solution to make your own AFM optomechanical system out of daily used parts including optical pickup unit (OPU) in a DVD player and piezo buzzers in your watch. The total cost is between 500 to 1,000 dollars (AFM controller not included). Most of the traditional AFM systems use beam deflection method for monitoring the AFM probe, the low cost educational AFM directly use an OPU for the same purpose. This low cost educational AFM is originally designed and made by Dr. En-Te Hwu, Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan. Idea of using circuit boards as structure: Sebastian Buetefisch.

Traditional AFM:

DVD OPU based AFM

DVD OPU based AFM in German National Metrology Institute

顯微鏡可讓我們看到肉眼無法觀察的結構,实在是太棒了!光學顯微鏡能看到微米等級(1/1,000釐米)結構,然而原子力顯微鏡更可讓我們看到奈米(1/1,000,000 釐米)結構。一般的原子力顯微鏡動輒數萬至數十萬美元,只有研究機構可以負擔得起。我們希望透過這次介紹,告訴大家如何利用身邊的元件,包括DVD Rom的光學讀寫頭以及你手錶裡面嗶嗶叫的壓電喇叭,來製作一套自己的奈米級原子力顯微鏡的光機系統,材料價格不超過1000美元(不包含控制器)。傳統原子力顯微鏡大多使用光槓桿原理,而教育型原子力顯微鏡使用像散式光路偵測探針位移,此教育型原子力顯微鏡由台灣中央研究院物理研究所胡恩德博士設計並製作。使用電路板作結構之概念源自:Sebastian Buetefisch.

显微镜可让我们看到肉眼无法观察的结构,实在是太棒了!光学显微镜能看到微米等级(1/1,000毫米)结构,然而原子力显微镜更可让我们看到納米(1/1,000,000毫米)结构。一般的原子力显微镜动辄数万至数十万美元,只有研究机构可以负担得起。我们希望透这次介绍,告诉大家如何利用身边的元器件,包括DVD Rom的激光头以及你手表里面哔哔叫的压电喇叭,来制作一套自己的納米级原子力显微镜的的光机系统,材料价格不超过1000美元(不包含控制器。传统原子力显微镜大多使用光杠杆原理,而教育型原子力显微镜使用像散式光路侦测探针位移,此教育型原子力显微镜由台湾中央研究院物理研究所胡恩德博士设计并制作。使用电路板作结构之概念源自:Sebastian

Buetefisch.

Step 1: Materials and tools 材料與工具

Materials for the low cost AFM are: 1.OPU disassembled from a DVD ROM. 2.Piezo speakers. 3.Signal connector. 4.Precision screws. 5.Circuit boards. The tools needed are: 1.A soldering iron 2.Solder 3.Quick-dry adhesive 4.Epoxy 5.Magnets 6.Screw driver. The consumable is AFM probes (working frequency 300 kHz).

組裝原子力顯微鏡需要材料為:1.從DVD光碟機上的讀取頭 2.壓電喇叭 3.訊號接頭 4.精密螺絲 5.磁鐵 6.電路板結構。 工具為:1.烙鐵 2.銲錫 3.瞬間膠 4.AB膠 5.螺絲起子。耗材為:原子力顯微鏡探針(工作頻率300k赫茲)。

组装原子力显微镜需要材料为:1.从DVD光驱上的激光头 2.压电喇叭 3.信号接头 4.精密螺丝 5.磁铁 6.电路板结构。 工具为:1.烙铁 2.焊锡 3.瞬间胶 4.AB胶 5.螺丝刀。耗材为:原子力显微镜探针(工作频率300k赫兹)。

<p>Dear Dr Hwu,</p><p>I am quite interested in your DIY afm, and I also want to try it by myself. So can you send me the detail information? electronic schematic and so on. Thank you.</p><p>lin.kang@mines.sdsmt.edu</p>
<p>Dear Dr Hwu,</p><p>Your project is simply the best. I want to make it for my college project.</p><p>Would you please send me the electronic schematics , software, etc on my </p><p>Email: v_thakre.1996@rediffmail.com</p><p>It will be very helpful. Thanks in advance.</p><p>Regards,</p><p>Saurabh</p>
<p>Hi Saurabh, thank you! I've send you some reference material already.</p>
<p>Dear Dr Hwu,</p><p>I am quite interested in your DIY afm, and I also want to try it by myself. So can you send me the detail information? electronic schematic and so on. Thank you.</p><div>lin.kang@mines.sdsmt.edu</div>
<p>Dear Professor Hwu,</p><p>Thank you for sharing such amazing things. I am thinking about to build such an AFM by myself. Could you please send me detailed information about the electronics, schematics, code, mechanical parts,etc.?</p><p>My email address is chiwing7777@gmail.com</p><p>It will be very helpful. </p><p>Thank you!! </p>
<p>Dear Dr Hwu,</p><p>I would like to reproduce your project in our fablab. Could you send me your files with electronics schematics/wiring + files to cut to reproduce the mount, etc ?</p><p>Bests,</p><p>romain</p>
<p>Hi Romain, I can send you some reference if you leave your email.</p>
<p>Hi Romain, I can send you some reference if you leave your email.</p>
<p>Dear Dr. Hwu</p><p>Thank you for sharing this impressive project!</p><p>Would you please send some more details of schematic, electronics and software ?</p><p>I also would like to do for scientific education.</p><p>My email id is mariaizquierdo2014@gmail.com</p><p>Thank you in advance</p>
<p>Thanks, recently I am very busy but you will receive some references.</p>
<p>Dear professor </p><p>Absolutely love this project considering it's a relatively cheap afm and would be perfect to use for educational purposes. Also was wondering if you would be able to send more detailed schematics, material and software information. </p><p>Cheers</p><p>Email: Jake60012@gmail.com</p>
<p>Thanks, recently I am very busy but I will ask my student contact you.</p>
<p>Dear professor </p><p>Absolutely love this project considering it's a<br> relatively cheap afm and would be perfect to use for educational <br>purposes. Also was wondering if you would be able to send more detailed <br>schematics, material and software information. </p><p>Cheers</p><p>Email: Jake60012@gmail.com</p>
<p>Thanks, recently I am very busy but I will ask my student contact you.</p>
<p>Dear Professor,</p><p>Really nice work! Would you please send some more details of schematic, electronics &amp; software used to control your AFM ? My email id is soumitrasatapathi@gmail.com. I can develop it for school student. Thanks and Regards, Soumitra</p>
<p>Replied.</p>
<p>Dear Professor,</p><p>Really nice work! Would you please send some more details of schematic, electronics &amp; software used to control your AFM ? My email id is soumitrasatapathi@gmail.com. I can develop it for school student. Thanks and Regards, Soumitra</p>
<p>Thanks! I replied.</p>
<p>Dear Dr. Hwu,</p><p>Your project is wonderful. I also would like to do it myself for scientific education and research. Would you please send some more details of schematic, electronics &amp; software used to control your AFM ?</p><p>Thank you for your guidance.</p><p>email_id: kiyo.yasuda(at)gmail.com</p>
<p>Hi Kiyo, the mail is sent.</p>
<p>Hi Kiyo, the mail is sent.</p>
<p>Dear Professor Hwu,</p><p>Thank you very much for sharing. I thinking about building such an AFM by myself. Could you please send me detailed information about the electronics, schematics, code, mechanical parts,etc.? </p><p>My email address is <a href="mailto:aaronlee821@gmail.com" rel="nofollow">aaronlee821@gmail.com</a></p><p>Thanks for your patience and I really appreciate your help.</p>
<p>Replied.</p>
<p>Dear Professor Hwo, </p><p>Thank you for sharing this impressive project and the info on the use of OPU based instrumentations. I am a postdoc researcher exploring DIY instruments to be applied in investigating mechanical properties and behavior of cultural heritage materials. As well as many users, I would really appreciate if you could provide me with additional info on electronics, schematics, code, etc. of your AFM. </p><p>my personal e-mail address is siroasi@yahoo.it</p><p>but I will also contact you via my academic e-mail to keep in touch</p><p>Thank you in advance</p>
<p>Thank you! We tried to build nanoindentor based on this setup, so I think this is possible. Reference is sent.</p>
<p>Hello Professor!</p><p>I am so impressed by your work on this project!</p><p>I thinking about building similar AFM and I would be really glad if You could provide me with some more information about the electronics, schematics, code and mechanical parts.</p><p>My e-mail address is shlomico@yahoo.com </p>
<p>Sent!</p>
<p>Hello Professor!</p><p>I am so impressed by your work on this project!</p><p>I thinking about building similar AFM and I would be really glad if You could provide me with some more information about the electronics, schematics, code and mechanical parts. </p><p>My e-mail address is coffinek@gmail.com</p><p>Thank you a lot in advance! :)</p>
<p>Sure! I send you reference materials.</p>
<p>Hello Professor!</p><p>Fantastic work, it's good to see someone so enthused about science education!</p><p>I was wondering whether you could possibly send me the information regarding the electronics, code and the schematics. I really applaud that you have been doing this in such an open source way!</p><p>My email address is thobur@outlook.com and I look forwarding to receiving your email. </p><p>Thanks in advance from Australia!</p><p>Thomas</p>
<p>Replied!</p>
<p>Hello, Professor.</p><p>I am from Mexico, nice work.</p><p>Could you send me the information of the electronics, code, etc. to my email <br></p><p>chemical_23@outlook,com</p><p> Thank you!</p>
<p>Sent!</p>
<p>Sorry professor, I was reading my commentary, and I see my e-mail it is wrong.<br>The correct is the next one:<br>chemical_23@outlook.com</p><p>Sorry, Would you re-send me all the files of your creation?</p>
<p>Hello Professor Whoand,</p><p>I&acute;d like to build the AFM and I have already some some parts laying around in my workshop but I really would need some help for the beginning, especially for electronics.</p><p>Therefore I&acute;d like to ask for informations of electronics, code and mechanical parts.</p><p>My email man-machine(at)gmx.at</p><p>Thank you in advance!</p>
<p>Sent!</p>
<p>Professor Whoand, are you fine?</p><p>The AFM project on Instructables is very good!</p><p>It's really a great project. Would you please send detail schematic, electronics and software used to control this AFM ?</p><p>Could you say me if this AFM microscope was patented? </p><p>I really thankful for your help!</p><p>My email is: agnysjone_ru@hotmail.com</p><p>Best regards,</p><p><br>Agnys Gomes.</p>
<p>??</p>
<p>Professor Whoand, are you fine?</p><p>The AFM project on Instructables is very good!</p><p>It's really a great project. Would you please send detail schematic, electronics and software used to control this AFM ?</p><p>Could you say me if this AFM microscope was patented? </p><p>I really thankful for your help!</p><p>My email is: agnysjone_ru@hotmail.com</p><p>Best regards,</p><p><br>Agnys Gomes.</p>
<p>??</p>
<p>Professor Whoand, are you fine?</p><p>The AFM project on Instructables is very good!</p><p>It's really a great project. Would you please send detail schematic, electronics and software used to control this AFM ?</p><p>Could you say me if this AFM microscope was patented? </p><p>I really thankful for your help!</p><p>My email is: agnysjone_ru@hotmail.com</p><p>Best regards,</p><p><br>Agnys Gomes.</p>
<p>Sent!</p>
<p>Hi,</p><p>It is a great work. I would like to make one, could you please send the files. My emaild id is</p><p><a href="mailto:scientistnobee@gmail.com" rel="nofollow">scientistnobee@gmail.com</a></p>
<p>I sent you email already.</p>
<p>This is a really great project! I'd like to build this for a small teaching lab. Could you send detailed schematics, electronics and any of the software/code to emorie332@yahoo.com. Thank you</p>
<p>sent!</p>
<p>sent!</p>
<p>sent!</p>
<p>Simply outstanding. Could you send me the information of the electronics, code, etc. to my email </p><p>fads5235@gmail.com</p><p> Thank you!</p>
<p>OK!</p>

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Bio: Research Scientist En-Te Hwu E-mail: whoand@gmail.com Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=129035139&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile_pic
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