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Edge innovates PLUG & PLAY accessories to convert your current light microscope into a 3D image analysis system. Edge 3D Panfocal Microscopy offers confocal-like results at 1/10th the price.

The Edge 3D Panfocal Imaging System is compatible with your upright or inverted microscope, with transmitted, reflected and fluorescence illumination. It's simple to set up. Just attach a Prior focus device to your microscope's focus knob, and then download the Edge 3D Panfocal Software onto your Windows 10 computer. The Panfocal software takes control of your microscope focus and USB camera to automate Z-focus stacking and produce 3D images with dramatically extended depth of field.

The optional Edge 3D Illumination System accessory for transmitted light microscopes for live-cell imaging provides real-time 3D without z-focus stacking. The 3D illuminator offers extraordinary 2D capabilities such as superior resolution and contrast with extended depth of focus.

Why 3D?

  • Reveal Hidden Depth Information
  • Reduce misdiagnosis
  • Increase productivity

Why Edge® 3D?

  • Fully automated 3D imaging
  • 5 Types of 3D Visualization
  • Plug & play and user friendly

Multiple features can be used on each operation mode...


  • Z-Focus Stacking and Reconstruction
  • 3D Measurements
  • Tomography
  • Stereo 3D
  • Topography Surface Profiling (reflective light only)

Modes of Operation

  • Transmitted, Reflected, and Oblique Illumination
  • Brightfield/darkfield
  • Phase Contrast
  • Polarization
  • Epi-Fluorescence
Example of features on a single specimen
Z-Focus stacking Full-Focus Reconstruction
Full-Focus Reconstruction
3D Tomography 3D Measurement (in Microns)
3D Measurement (in Microns)
Topography Surface Profiling and 3D Measurement modes on a Firing Pin Impression
Topography Surface Profiling Topography 3D Measurement (in Microns)
Topography 3D Measurement (in Microns)
Firing Pin impression in shell casing Firing Pin impression in shell casing

Image GalleryApplications


The nervous system is a complex three-dimensional network. Using the Edge-3D imaging system, your microscope becomes the ultimate Neurobiology microscope as it defines and reveals otherwise ambiguous areas in samples.

Forensic Science

Edge-3D provides increased visual information and several modes of imaging that makes it the perfect tool for Forensic Science.


The full depth of focus 3D features of the Edge Imaging System make it ideal for examining a large range of different industrial products for quality control, production line vision, and failure analysis applications.


With Edge-3D technology you can examine rocks, pebbles, sand or polished sections, all with amazing three-dimensional clarity. The rotational 3D motion movie to the right demonstrates how much 3D information exists even in a polished section of a meteroite.


Edge's extended depth of focus features provide greatly enhanced imaging of thick, real-world specimens encountered in applications such as Marine Biology and Plant Biology.


The Edge 3D Imaging System will help to solve the difficult problems encountered in visualizing the placement and integrity of circuitry components, such as bond testing application as seen in the image on the right.


Cytopathology is a perfect application for the Edge 3D Imaging System microscope as specimens such as PAP smears and needle biopsies are very three-dimensional by nature. The rich depth information that the Edge 3D Imaging System provides results in less false negatives. We encourage our customers to section their samples 50 micron thick, rather than the standard 5 micron sections. Three-dimensional visualization of thick samples improves both productivity and accuracy.

arrow13Edge® 3D Basic Panfocal Imaging System


Your Microscope, Computer, Monitor + Prior Focus Device + Edge 3D Software and Glasses


  • Compatible with your current microscope
    • Transmitted, reflected, or epi-fluorescence illumination
  • Compatible with most optical systems, including
    • Brightfield, Darkfield
    • Phase Contrast DIC
    • Polarization

Six Modes of 3D Imaging

  1. Motion parallax 3D movie loops
  2. Reconstructed 2D version of Z-stack
  3. Full-focus reconstructed stereo 3D
  4. 3D profiling of surface topology
  5. 4D stereo movie loops
  6. 3D measurement of specimen features

Edge 3D Panfocal Imaging System includes software and 3D glasses only. You must use your own microscope, computer, monitor.

Edgearrow13Prior Scientific Z-Focus

Prior Scientific Z-Focus includes ES10ZE Focus controller, PS3H122 Focus drive.

Select matching Focus Sleeve when ordering. *


96520 Edge 3D Panfocal Imaging System:
includes Software (Windows 10: 64 bit OS) and 3D glasses
each 4,000.00 Add to Cart
96522 Prior Scientific Z-Focus:
includes ES10ZE Focus controller
PS3H122 Focus drive
* Select matching Focus Sleeve
each 3,160.00 Add to Cart

* Focus Sleeves

96522-01 Leica DM4000/5000/6000 & 3000B/4000B/5000B/6000B Add to Cart
96522-02 Leica DM2500 Add to Cart
96522-03 Leica DMT, DMIRB Add to Cart
96522-04 Motic Add to Cart
96522-05 Nikon 50i, 80i, and TE2000 Add to Cart
96522-06 Nikon AZ100 - lower focus only Add to Cart
96522-07 Nikon Diaphot/Epiphot 300, TE200/300, Labaphot 2, Optiphot II, L150, L200, Microphot SA, LV100, E400/600/800, Optiphot 150/300 Add to Cart
96522-08 Nikon TS100 Add to Cart
96522-09 Nikon Ti Add to Cart
96522-10 Olympus BH, IMT-2, PME-3, PMG-3, CK-2 & Navitar Micromate Add to Cart
96522-11 Olympus BX, IX, AX, MX, CK40, GX51, SZX9, SZX12 Add to Cart
96522-12 Olympus SzX16, MVX10 Add to Cart
96522-13 Prior Add to Cart
96522-14 Zeiss Axioskop 2, Axiovert 200, Axioskop 40, Axiophot 2, Axioplan Add to Cart
96522-15 Zeiss Axiolmager Add to Cart

Accessories and Options

arrow13Edge® 3D Multiple Oblique Illumination System - Available Fall 2020


This optional accessory provides your microscope with real-time 3D and superb live-cell imaging


  • Compatible with your current microscope
    • Transmitted or reflected illumination

Superior 3D live-cell imaging with no need for DIC

  1. Real-time Motion Parallax 3D Movie Loops
  2. Real-time Stereo 3D
  3. Real-time Stereo 3D plus Real Time Motion Parallax 3D combined


96521 Edge® 3D Multiple Oblique Illumination System (provide coupler type needed in "Notes" when placing order online) each 6,500.00 Add to Cart

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