An inverted microscope’s main distinguishing feature is the location of the optics. The optics are located below the stage. As a result, the sample is placed on top of the objectives. This means you will look at the sample from below it. Because the optics are underneath the sample, inverted microscopes offer ample working space to view samples of all shapes and sizes.
Which industrial samples would I typically use an inverted microscope for?
Inverted microscopes are used in metallography and quality assurance tasks in medical device or microelectronics manufacturing as well as automotive and aviation industry, or materials science for analysis of other materials. They are especially advantageous for viewing huge samples that weigh up to 30 kg. Upright microscopes, in comparison, can only be used to view samples with a maximum height of 80 mm and weight of 3 kg.
How big and heavy can samples be that I put on an inverted microscope?
Inverted microscopes are designed with the objectives and turret positioned below the stage. In theory, the sample could be as high as the ceiling – there is no height limitation. However, the maximum weight of a sample is limited to 30 kg depending on the stage used. This is ten times larger than can be accommodated by an upright microscope: samples can only be up to 80 mm high and weigh up to 3 kg.
What are the main differences between the Leica DMi1, the Leica DM IL, and the Leica DMi8?
The main difference is that they are designed for tasks of different complexity.
The Leica DMi1 is conceived for quick cell checks. You can perform cell and tissue checks quickly and efficiently in Brightfield and Phase Contrast.
The Leica DM IL enables you to perform more applications, for example involving fluorescence.
The Leica DMi8 is the fully modular high-tech instrument which can be equipped for almost every application.
What happens if I need to repair the microscope?
Please contact your local Leica sales representative. We will arrange everything for you.
What is an Infinity Port?
The Infinity Port gives users direct access to the fluorescence light path, which allows maximum flexibility for addition of illumination sources, without compromising imaging quality. The concept is unique and currently only available with the Leica DMi8.
Can I use the Leica DMi8 for in-vitro diagnostics (IVD)?
Yes, the Leica DMi8 is certified for IVD. Contact your local Leica Microsystems partner to find out more.
I want to use my microscope in a hood, are any modifications needed?
If required, the Leica DMi8 can be configured exclusively for digital imaging, often a great solution when working in a biohazard environment and when remote monitoring via the software is preferred.
How can I use the Leica DMi8 to build my own research solution?
Fully modular and flexible, the Leica DMi8 can be built exactly as you need. For advanced solutions, this is the platform of choice to integrate additional components such as photomanipulation devices, optogenetics, super-resolution, microspectroscopy, and many more. Homebuilt solutions can be attached via the Cage System 30 mm Infinity Port Connector.
Is there a solution for microinjection?
Applications that require micromanipulation such as transgenics, in-vitro fertilization, and more can be performed using the Leica DMi8 and micromanipulation solutions from Leica Microsystems, Narishige, Eppendorf, and other suppliers.