Some experimental challenges cannot be solved using off-the-shelf components. We are here to help you build bespoke components or complete custom solutions. We take the time to understand the research need; and apply engineering to the science.
At Cairn we have a dedicated design and R&D team using industry standard mechanical, electronic and optical CAD software and complimented by our own machine workshop with the latest CNC and 3D printing equipment. Our multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers are dedicated to product design and development in the fluorescence microscopy field. Please see portfolio below.
A researcher needed an open frame invert microscope for training their students.
We came up with a design that allowed the user to perform fluorescence studies whilst imaging with any standard research camera. The prep is mounted on an XYZ stage plate. We used our own custom designed lens set for optimal...
Dual Beam Expander
A researcher had a requirement for a device that could take a collimated beam from a laser and switch between full field illumination and a focused spot.
We designed a device that has xy adjustment on 2 separate drop in lens holders, with the full field lens also having Z adjustment for calibration. This device has become part of our standard product family as demand was so...
TwinCam With Integrated OptoSpin
A researcher needed the functionality of our OptoSpin Filter Wheel on the reflected port of their TwinCam.
We designed a coupling that allows the integration of the Cairn OptoSpin, as a retro upgrade. This is now available as an option to our standard TwinCam.
Hybrid Invert/Upright Olympus Microscope
A researcher approached us with the crazy idea of combining an upright Olympus microscope with an Invert IX70.
After lots of head scratching we managed to solve the various pitfalls and came up with a solution that our customer is very happy with. We have since completed 2 other similar orders.
Emission Relay Device
A researcher needed to add a specialised filter wheel to their microscope sideport without compromising the parfocality.
We used our own custom design lens sets to make a camera relay device with enough infinity space to incorporate the filter wheel and be suitable for large sensor cameras. This has proved so popular that it’s now available as...
Lucia (custom) Faraday Cage
A researcher had a Newport VIS30/36 table (950mm x 750mm) and needed an electrically quiet enclosure for their electrophysiology experiments.
We modified our existing Lucia product to suit the Newport AV table. For electrophysiology requirements, an additional tri-metalic layer (Cu/Ni/Ag) was integrated into the fabric to block electromagnetic radiation over a wide range of frequencies offering a dual purpose light-shielding...
Custom TIRF Interlock Unit
A researcher carrying out experiments, using a system bought from Cairn, needed a laser/TIRF safety interlock for their Nikon stage.
We liaised with Nikon to obtain the CAD drawing of our customers stage and modified Cairn’s standard TIRF interlock unit to suit.
OptoScan With OptoSpin
A researcher who purchased one of our Optoscan units needed the addition of various filters for their experiments.
We fitted a custom optical relay and Optospin mounting cartridge to the output port of the Optoscan. This gave our customer the full functionality of our filterwheel without compromising the Optoscan.