Notice! The following pages are out of date. MIMMS shared designs are currently available at Flintbox, with registration at that site. The MIMMS microscope has also undergone continual revisions by other members of Janelia's Instrument Design and Fabrication department since the content below was posted. Some of these revisions (mostly made by Vasily Goncharov) are available in the designs shared at Flintbox. Designs for support electronics (such as the PMT Controller or PMT Preamps) are also available at Flintbox.
Users of these designs must register first before designs will be made available. Registration forms are available in the pages for each separate microscope system.
Parts lists in MS Excel format are available.
Mechanical designs of individual parts designed at JFRC and CSHL are available as PDF files of production drawings, suitable for sending to most machine shops. Full 3D assemblies of parts are available as Design Web Format (DWF) files, which can be viewed using the free Autodesk Design Review software. The DWF assembly files contain all parts in the main assemblies, including commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) items, and contains basic information about each part (including part number, and vendor and estimated price for COTS items). Autodesk Design Review supports taking measurements on any parts in the assembly.
A few custom-made electrical components are used with these designs at JFRC. Schematic and/or PDF Gerber files are available so that these may be reproduced.
Optical designs (placement and separation of lenses, mirrors, filters, etc.) will be present in the mechanical assembly files to an accuracy sufficient for microscope assembly. Detailed optical designs of COTS and custom-ordered compound lenses are not owned or shared by JFRC. Optical designs in ray-trace modeling programs OSLO and TracePro may be available upon request.
All designs have been used exclusively with the open-source ScanImage laser scanning microscope software.
The microscope systems with shared designs on these pages are not turn-key systems. The designs were not necessarily created to maximize ease of assembly, and ease of use once assembled will usually not match that of turn-key systems.
Designs were usually created with the intent to make future customization, modifications, and experimentation relatively easy. Assemblies are generally open, and will often contain more degrees of freedom than would be expected with a monolithic, turn-key system, to allow the system to work with many different key components (lenses, scan systems, etc). Use of well-stocked, commercially available parts is made were possible. However, useless degrees of freedom which would result from exclusively COTS (e.g. Thorlabs) construction, and would require unnecessarily difficult assembly procedures, were usually eliminated through the use of custom parts.
Considerable effort and some skill will be required to successfully assemble these microscopes. Exhaustive documentation, necessary for a novice in custom mechanical construction and laser optics setup/alignment, do not exist. Experience in laser optics and alignment, and detailed knowledge of physical principle of TPLSM will be necessary.
Designs were not created to comply with any laser safely guidelines. Users are responsible for ensuring that they and others will not be exposed to dangerous laser radiation. Uncontrolled laser beams will be produced by these open-architecture microscope systems unless care is taken to block them!
MIMMS (Modular In vivo Multiphoton Microscopy System) is a modular platform for performing two-photon laser scanning microscopy (TPLSM) optimized for in vivo applications. The system generally uses the core parts of the Sutter MOM (moveable objective microscope) system to provide for 4 degrees of freedom (three linear and one rotational) of objective movement for in vivo experiments. These parts are purchased from Sutter. The mechanical backbone of this system is a movable, raised optical breadboard, providing a large area for affixing optical equipment associated with the microscope, including multiple scanners, beamshaping optics, photostimulation lasers, cameras, etc. The raised design also provides space for behavioral apparatus, and allows the entire microscope to move out of the way for easy 360 degree access to this working area. A modular approach was taken in designing the microscope components, with interchangeable systems for different laser scanning modalities, both moving (based on the Sutter MOM system) and fixed objective lens mounting, widefield conventional imaging, and high acceptance, non-descanned fluorescence detection.
The MIMMS and non-MIMMS systems use more-or-less the same non-descanned detection optics and can use the same scan mirrors, so will have similar performance for basic operation. The non-MIMMS in vivo microscope systems, in contrast to the MIMMS system:
At JFRC we use three custom electronics assemblies, both with the MIMMS and non-MIMMS in vivo microscopes: a PMT controller, a control box for the motorized mirrors that these systems use, and a system for mounting and adding connectors to the driver boards for the Cambridge galvonometer scanners. The designs for these systems are shared here.
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