What Is A Foldscope?

Foldscope is the ultra-affordable paper microscope that began as an idea to make science more accessible. It was designed to be portable and durable, while performing on par with conventional research microscopes (140X magnification and 2 micron resolution). It has reached over 1 million people and created a global community of explorers unlike any other!

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What Can You See With A Foldscope?

You can view very tiny things like bacteria, blood cells, and single-celled organisms. As well as larger things like insects, fabrics, organic tissues, and more! View the Foldscope galleries for more of what you can view, and visit Microcosmos, to see what people around the world are exploring.

How To Assemble Your Foldscope

Written instructions in English (pdf)

Spanish Video

Vietnamese Video

Viewing With Your Foldscope

Spanish Video

Vietnamese Video

How To Prepare and Insert Slides

Spanish Video: Preparar e Insertar

Vietnamese Video

More Information

For more information check out the Online User Guide, or Foldscope’s Translation page for other languages.

Want to be part of the Foldscope Community?

Learn how to register on Foldscope’s community website, Microcosmos, and start sharing your discovery with fellow Foldscoper users around the world!