the paper MiCRoscope

Foldscope is the ultra-affordable, paper microscope. Designed to be extremely portable, durable, and to give optical quality similar to conventional research microscopes (magnification of 140X and 2 micron resolution), Foldscope brings hands-on microscopy to new places!

As a company, Foldscope Instruments Inc’s mission is to produce low-cost scientific tools that globally expand access to science. We aim to break down the price barrier between people & the curiosity and excitement of scientific exploration.

Through the purchase of our products, joining our community, and donations, you directly support our mission and enable us to bring tools to communities that often do not have the means to engage in science - both locally and globally.




Visit our store to shop all of our products, see what's in stock, or track a current order! 

We offer Foldscopes in two different types of kits: the Deluxe Individual Kit, and various Classroom Kits. Discover which kit best fits your needs & join our community of Microcosmos explorers today!


Deluxe Individual Kit


Get the most out of your Foldscope experience. Deluxe Individual Kits provide everything to start exploring! Including tools for collecting samples, preparing slides, advanced microscopy techniques, and much more!

Classroom KitS


Our most economical option. Designed to provide large numbers of Foldscopes at the lowest cost, Classroom Kits are ideal for educators and projects looking to cater to groups of explorers!



We believe that the most important part of our company is not the tools themselves, but the communities that use them.

Visit our Community page to learn about our dynamic community the Microcosmos, discover different opportunities for educators, and visit our translations section to view & download (or even volunteer to contribute to) the various languages our materials are available in!

Want to know more?

Discover the stories surrounding Foldscope's history, philosophy, future.
Check out the Our Story and Press pages for even more information!


The New Yorker interview of Manu Prakash on the Foldscope Beta Version in December, 2015.


Manu Prakash delivers a TED talk on Foldscope, including a live demonstration. credit: TED.


A look at the wonders of the microscopic world seen through the lens of a Foldscope.