Every once in a while the beams align while making and a surprise outcome is realized!
I set out to buy a USB microscope and follow the lead of some others to use this for focussing my laser diode engraver.
After some research, I chose this unit; https://amzn.to/3lnjjEq
It worked right out of the box (connects like a webcam) including my Windows PC and Android phone.
It came with a nice zipper case, holder, software disk, USB adapter, and graticule.
I was happy with the image it created and even if it does not end up being the best way to measure focus I will use it for electronics projects and measuring images.
Enter, a New Tool
Then here is where the beams aligned.
I had been sketching up a design for a tool to help properly insert heat-set plastic fasteners. My manual soldering iron approach had gotten painstaking and never resulted in a straight insert.
Then it hit me that I could use this microscope stage to install heat inserts using a woodburning iron I already had mounted into this new stage.
After making a PVC adapter for the iron and turning threaded heads that fit all sizes of my inserts I had a new tool.
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