Product Idea


LEGO Pinned Insect Manipulator

This is the LEGO IMp as published in the journal Zookeys ( ). The models are designed to hold and manipulate rare and fragile museum specimens of different sizes. It is especially good for viewing insect specimens under the microscope.  Below is the abstract of the published paper.



We present a pinned insect manipulator (IMp) constructed of LEGO® building bricks with two axes of movement and two axes of rotation. In addition we present three variants of the IMp to emphasise the modular design, which facilitates resizing to meet the full range of pinned insect specimens, is fully customizable, collapsible, affordable and does not require specialist tools or knowledge to assemble.