The basic elements of a fairly complete optomechanical kit based on the use of LEGO are presented. Taking advantage of the great variety of standard LEGO elements, and adding a few custom components made of Plexiglas, we show how most of the mechanical parts of an optical setup can be built with little effort and at an extremely reduced cost. Several systems and experiments are presented, mainly in the fields of optical filtering and interferometry, to show that the proposed mounts are excellent for didactic purposes and often perfectly suitable even in applied research.
© 1998 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: October 16, 1997
Revised Manuscript: December 17, 1997
Published: June 1, 1998
F. Quercioli, B. Tiribilli, A. Mannoni, and S. Acciai, "Optomechanics with LEGO," Appl. Opt. 37, 3408-3416 (1998)