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Foldable Mini-Spectrometer

18 Jul 16:55 42,290 views | Last edited by warren 3 months ago

Welcome! This page includes full instructions to assembling the Public Lab Foldable Mini-Spectrometeter.


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This page is being actively improved, so be sure to check back soon to see if more content has been added.

Public Lab Origami Spectrometer

Using your spectrometer

Once you've assembled your spectrometer and are ready to use it, plug it in and visit SpectralWorkbench.org to begin recording data with it. The web-based software works in the Chrome and Opera browsers with more coming soon.

(Peer) Support

Public Lab is not a corporation, we're an open community of DIY environmental science researchers which you have just joined! The best place to get help is the spectrometry mailing list; to join, register on this site and be sure to check the "plots-spectrometry" box.

The spectrometry mailing list is made up of people like you, who are building and improving open source spectrometry techniques. Ask questions, look for help, and consider helping others too!

Resources

Make your own

Whether or not you buy one on our store, you can follow these instructions to assemble your own Foldable Mini-Spectrometer: 8.5x11mini-spec3.8.pdf (550 kB)

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Assembly Photos

Cut out along the outer edge if not already cut out. mini fold-up spectrometer assembly

Fold as indicated by the lines. Thinly dotted lines are folded down, dashed lines folded up. mini fold-up spectrometer assembly

Glue or tape together. Start with the top flap and make sure the edges are aligned. mini fold-up spectrometer assembly

Except for the Diffraction grating on door, glue or tape all flaps down to the outside. mini fold-up spectrometer assembly

To make a diffraction grating from a DVD-R, peel back the reflective layer, and cut a small square out of the transparent layer. peeling DVD

mini fold-up spectrometer assembly

Tape or glue down the DVD-R diffraction grating to the inside of the spectrometer so that the diffraction grating is vertical, producing a horizontal spectral rainbow. Then glue the door closed. mini fold-up spectrometer assembly

Attach The spectrometer to a webcam with the aid of a box, to a phone, or to a computer. mini fold-up spectrometer assembly

Illustrated Assembly Guide

Cut out along the outer edge if not already cut out.

mini-spectrometer assembly

Fold as indicated by the lines. Thinly dotted lines are folded down, dashed lines folded up. mini-spectrometer assembly

Except for the Diffraction grating on door, glue or tape all flaps down to the outside. mini-spectrometer assembly

To make a diffraction grating from a DVD-R, cu a square from the outer edge. The DVD has is two layers of plastic. Peel back the reflective layer, and cut a small square out of the transparent layer. mini-spectrometer assembly

Tape or glue down the DVD-R diffraction grating to the inside of the spectrometer so that the diffraction grating is vertical, producing a horizontal spectral rainbow. Then glue the door closed. mini-spectrometer assembly

Attach The spectrometer to a webcam with the aid of a box, to a phone, or to a computer. mini-spectrometer assembly

get started with Spectralworkbench

spectral workbench android screenshot


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