the paper MiCRoscope

Foldscope is the ultra-affordable, paper microscope that you assemble yourself. 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!

Our 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.

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Visit our store to shop our products, explore our store FAQ, or track a current order. We are shipping immediately to many countries worldwide. If you don't see your country listed but are still interested in Foldscope, contact info@foldscope.com regarding other international shipping locales.

Our Community

Visit our Community page to learn about the Microcosmos, how to register a Foldscope, and various other ways you can get involved!  

Spanish translations of our materials are also on our community page, with more languages coming soon.

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


Manu Prakash discusses Foldscope's vision, a microscope in the pocket of every child. credit: Moore Foundation


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