Building research equipment with free, open-source hardware
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Building Research Equipment with Free, Open-Source Hardware
Pearce, Joshua M. 2012. “Building Research Equipment with Free, Open-Source Hardware.” Science 337 (6100): 1303–1304.
- DOI: 10.1126/science.1228183
Most experimental research projects are executed with a combination of purchased hardware equipment, which may be modified in the laboratory and custom single-built equipment fabricated inhouse. However, the computer software that helps design and execute experiments and analyze data has an additional source: It can also be free and open-source software (FOSS). FOSS has the advantage that the code is openly available for modification and is also often free of charge. In the past, customizing software has been much easier than custom-building equipment, which often can be quite costly because fabrication requires the skills of machinists, glassblowers, technicians, or outside suppliers. However, the open-source paradigm is now enabling creation of open-source scientific hardware by combining 3D printing with open-source microcontrollersTemplate:W running on FOSS. These developments are illustrated below by several examples of equipment fabrication that can better meet particular specifications at substantially lower overall costs.
Pearce, Joshua M. Share, and We All Grow Richer, The Analytical Scientist, Issue #0213, Article #301 (2013).
- Free and open-source scientific hardware has the potential to liberate collective intelligence and cut costs
Open Source Hardware 
For more printable open-source scientific equipment see the Learning Category at Thingiverse or any of the subcategories including engineering, math, physics, and biology.
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In the News
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- 3-D Printing- Anything You Can Dream Jumps Into Three Dimensions - Txchnologist
- Do it yourself and save: Open-source revolution is driving down the cost of doing science - MTU News,CBS Detroit, Detroit City and Press, Phys.Org, Science Daily, Adafruit Blog, Timbuktu Chronicles, Innovation Toronto, Florida Biotechnology News, Lab Manager Magazine
- Open-source, low-cost, and low-input scientific instrumentation - Harte Lab UC Berkley Blog
- How DIY Tech Is Making Science Cheaper - Treehugger, Berita Buzz, Grep Science
- DIY Lab Tools Save Scientists Thousands of Dollars - - BioTechniques
- 3D Printing in the Lab - Will Lab Hardware Follow Software into Open-Source? - Mad Scientist at Large
- Scientists bring 3D printing into the lab - 3Ders.org
- Our Open Source Future - The Analytical Scientist
- Making Equipment for the Lab,in the Lab - The Economic Times India
- Chế tạo thiết bị cho phòng thí nghiệm dùng Arduino và công nghệ in 3D - Sotatec's Blog about Arduino
- Science Enabled By Open Source Hardware - Openalia
- DIY analytical instruments - Separations Now
- DIY, open-source science drives costs down - Hematology Times
- Build your own lab equipment - The Stochastic Scientist
- 3-D Printing - The Scientist
- 3D Printing and Open Source Appropriate Technology - PrintThat
- A Paradigm Shift - Industrial Engineer
- Building research equipment with free, open-source hardware Adafruit
- Print your own lab - Chemistry and Industry Magazine
- 3-D Printers Move Into Research Labs - Chemical and Engineering News
- Need A Centrifuge? Print One Out - Central Science Newscripts
- The 3-D Printing Revolution-Dreams made real, one layer at a time Science News
- Less Expensive and Greener 3-D Printing- IEEE Institute
- Opinion: Science Counterculture - On taking DIYbio to the next level - The Scientist (great op ed with biohack examples)