Nikon Instruments Inc.’s LV-UDM universal design microscope is designed to switch easily between the transmitted light techniques used in bioscience and the reflected light techniques used in industry. Users in academe, bioscience, materials science, pharmaceuticals and industry may observe thinly sliced biological tissues and larger 3-D industrial samples without changing hardware. A turret condenser supports transmitted bright-field, dark-field, differential interference contrast and phase contrast observation techniques, while a motorized nosepiece and increased sample height support reflected bright-field, dark-field, differential interference contrast and fluorescence observations. Stand options include motorized and manual operation or a separate focus module for applications requiring working distances up to 102 mm. Accessible controls, a tilting eyepiece tube and motorization increase ease of use.