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PLoS Biol. 2015 Mar 20;13(3):e1002086. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1002086. eCollection 2015 Mar.

Open Labware: 3-D printing your own lab equipment.

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1
Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN), University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany; Bernstein Centre for Computational Neuroscience, University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany; Institute for Ophthalmic Research, University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany; TReND in Africa gUG, Tübingen, Germany.
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Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN), University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany; Bernstein Centre for Computational Neuroscience, University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany; TReND in Africa gUG, Tübingen, Germany; Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain research, University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany; Graduate School of Neural and Behavioural Sciences, International Max Planck Research School, University of Tübingen, Germany.
3
Backyard Brains, Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States of America.
4
TReND in Africa gUG, Tübingen, Germany; Centre for Integrative Genomics, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland.
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Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN), University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany; Bernstein Centre for Computational Neuroscience, University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany; Institute for Ophthalmic Research, University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany.

Abstract

The introduction of affordable, consumer-oriented 3-D printers is a milestone in the current "maker movement," which has been heralded as the next industrial revolution. Combined with free and open sharing of detailed design blueprints and accessible development tools, rapid prototypes of complex products can now be assembled in one's own garage--a game-changer reminiscent of the early days of personal computing. At the same time, 3-D printing has also allowed the scientific and engineering community to build the "little things" that help a lab get up and running much faster and easier than ever before.

PMID:
25794301
PMCID:
PMC4368627
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pbio.1002086
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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