The 3D Niche houses a microscope, a macroscope, and a 3D printer. The high-resolution Nikon microscope, an ECLIPSE 90i, is capable of DIC and fluorescence and uses the objectives listed below. Data are acquired using NIS-Elements software.
The lower-resolution Nikon macroscope is made up of the Mi Macro Imaging Station and a moveable stage built by Prairie Technologies. This system provides detailed pictures of larger samples and can be used in conjunction with the microscope to more fully study an organism or sample.
The 3D printer is used to build 3D models of any image provided via software. These images can be graphic designs from artists or pictures of objects taken from the microscope itself.