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J Lab Autom. 2016 Aug;21(4):517-25. doi: 10.1177/2211068215624406. Epub 2016 Jan 13.

Open-Source 3-D Platform for Low-Cost Scientific Instrument Ecosystem.

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1
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI, USA.
2
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI, USA Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI, USA pearce@mtu.edu.

Abstract

The combination of open-source software and hardware provides technically feasible methods to create low-cost, highly customized scientific research equipment. Open-source 3-D printers have proven useful for fabricating scientific tools. Here the capabilities of an open-source 3-D printer are expanded to become a highly flexible scientific platform. An automated low-cost 3-D motion control platform is presented that has the capacity to perform scientific applications, including (1) 3-D printing of scientific hardware; (2) laboratory auto-stirring, measuring, and probing; (3) automated fluid handling; and (4) shaking and mixing. The open-source 3-D platform not only facilities routine research while radically reducing the cost, but also inspires the creation of a diverse array of custom instruments that can be shared and replicated digitally throughout the world to drive down the cost of research and education further.

KEYWORDS:

3-D platform; 3-D printing; fluid handling; laboratory equipment; open-source hardware

PMID:
26763293
DOI:
10.1177/2211068215624406
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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