We are keen users of modern consumer oriented manufacturing techniques such as 3-D printing or off-the-shelf electronics – with a view to build useful lab equipment for a fraction of the commerical costs. Such “tinkering” is a growing thing these days with new designs being published under open source licences every day. We have already published a number of designs including low-cost microscopes, pipettes or a micromanipulator. More are sure to follow. Beside the hope to save some money on equipment, we want to explore designs to see what can be useful for research and education in financially disadvantaged schools and labs around the world.
Open Hardware publications
Janiak FK, Bartel P, Bale M, Yoshimatsu T, Komulainen EH, Zhou M, Staras K, Prieto Godino LL, Euler T, Maravall M, Baden
Zimmermann MJYbioRxiv version). d, Chagas AM, Bartel P, Pop S, Prieto Godino LL, Baden T . LED Zappelin’: An open source LED controller for arbitrary spectrum visual stimulation and optogenetics during 2-photon imaging. HardwareX e00127 (