npsm 새물리 New Physics : Sae Mulli

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Research Paper

New Phys.: Sae Mulli 2019; 69: 128-135

Published online February 28, 2019

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Design and Fabrication of a Low-Cost Teaching Atomic Force Microscope with 3D Printed Parts

Melody CHEPKOECH, Bernard Ouma ALUNDA, Luke Oduor OTIENO, Sang Joon PARK, Clare Chisu BYEON, Yong Joong LEE*

School of Mechanical Engineering, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 41566, Korea


Received: December 11, 2018; Accepted: December 17, 2018

This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Over the past decade, additive manufacturing and three-dimensional (3D) printing have had a profound impact on manufacturing. With the emergence of affordable 3D printers, rapid prototyping has been quite accessible to researchers in academic and industrial laboratories. As a consequence, the number of laboratory instruments that have been assembled with 3D printed parts has risen. We present an atomic force microscope (AFM) constructed with as many 3D printed parts as the design would permit. Due to its simplicity, the proposed AFM is suitable for assembly by undergraduate students in a project-based laboratory course setting. The images of compact disc (CD) data tracks and standard samples obtained using the proposed low-cost AFM effectively demonstrate its nanoscale imaging capability.

Keywords: Atomic force microscopy, Scanner, 3D printers

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