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Open-Source Lab, 1st Edition: How to Build Your Own Hardware and Reduce Research Costs[edit]

Open-source Lab

Free content[edit]

FREE access to select content from Open-Source Lab: How to Build Your Own Hardware and Reduce Research Costs.

This guide details the development of the free and open-source hardware revolution and provides you with step-by-step instructions on building your own laboratory hardware.

In the first two chapters displayed here, the author defines the basic terms of open-source software and discusses the rise of the open-source hardware revolution and how it impacts science before exploring five pragmatic advantages to joining the open-source scientific community for both your research in general, and most importantly, your equipment and instrumentation.

Key Features[edit]

  • Numerous examples of technologies and the open-source user and developer communities that support them
  • Instructions on how to take advantage of digital design sharing
  • Explanations of Arduinos and RepRaps for scientific use
  • A detailed guide to open-source hardware licenses and basic principles of intellectual property

Description[edit]

Open-Source Lab: How to Build Your Own Hardware and Reduce Scientific Research Costs details the development of the free and open-source hardware revolution. The combination of open-source 3D printing and open-source microcontrollers running on free software enables scientists, engineers, and lab personnel in every discipline to develop powerful research tools at unprecedented low costs.

After reading Open-Source Lab, you will be able to:

  • Lower equipment costs by making your own hardware
  • Build open-source hardware for scientific research
  • Actively participate in a community in which scientific results are more easily replicated and cited

Examples[edit]

Open source scientific hardware is open source hardware used by scientists to do research or for education. This gallery and associated sub-pages are an extension of the book the Open Source Lab, which is about how to make scientific equipment following open source principles. Click on the hyperlinks under the images in this index to go to pages with hundreds of examples.


Open-source scientific hardware collections and resources
The Open-source Lab: How to Build Your Own Hardware and Reduce Research Costs  
Arduino - a class of open source microcontrollers useful for automating equipment  
Raspberry Pi - credit-card sized computer running Linux  
Red Pitaya - open source measurement and control tool  
NIH 3D Print Exchange - 3D-printable Custom Labware  
3D printable science equipment - 3D print your lab  
3D printable science equipment page 2 - more 3D prints for your lab  
Open Source Optics Library - and your optics lab  
Michigan Tech's Open Sustainability Technology Lab's efforts in open source hardware  
Open-source syringe pump - Parametric library of web-controlled open-source syringe pumps  
OpenLabTools - University of Cambridge initiative in open source hardware for science  
Tekla Lab - Berkley's initiative for a library of open source DIY quality scientific lab equipment.  
Sensorica - an Open Value Network providing sensing and automation solutions.  
Hackteria - webplatform and collection of Open Source Biological Art Projects  
Open Solar Outdoors Test Field - Solar photovoltaic testing  
Open Source Physiology Lab- 3D printing physiology equipment  
open ephys works on open-source electrophysiology  
Backyard Brains - neuroscience experiment kits for DIY electrophysiology  
Flypi - Portable device for microscopy, thermo and optogenetic experiments [2]  
GaudiLabs- Swiss Fab Lab making low cost lab instruments  
OpenTrons - Open source fluid handling  
IOrodeo - company making open source science instruments  
Cambridge JIC - 3D printable programmable digital microscope  
Open Source Imaging, NMR, MRI, EMF]  
Open-source scientific hardware by discipline

Table of Contents[edit]

Open-source 3D Printing for Scientific Equipment

Preface

  1. Introduction to Open-Source Hardware for Science
  2. The Benefits of Sharing - Nice Guys and Girls Do Finish First
  3. Open Licensing - Advanced Sharing
  4. Open-Source Microcontrollers for Science: How to Use, Design Automated Equipment with, and Troubleshoot
  5. RepRap for Science: How to Use, Design, and Troubleshoot the Self-Replicating 3-D Printer
  6. Digital Designs and Scientific Hardware
    1. OpenSCAD, RepRap, and Arduino Microcontrollers
    2. Physics: Open-Source Optics
    3. Engineering: Open-Source Laser Welder, Radiation Detection, and Oscilloscopes
    4. Environmental Science: Open-Source Colorimeter and pH Meter
    5. Biology: OpenPCR, Open-Source Centrifuges and More
    6. Chemistry: Open-Source Spectrometers and Other Chemical Research Tools
  7. The Future of Open-Source Hardware and Science

See also[edit]

External Links with Open Hardware for Science[edit]

Open-source Optical Microscope
Open Lab Tools Initiative at the University of Cambridge, UK

Supporting publications and examples in the peer-reviewed literature[edit]

Making Open Hardware the New Standard in Science @ 2015 Open Source Hardware Summit

MOST Group[edit]

External Publications[edit]

Reviews[edit]

"This is a manual that every scientist should read and it holds a message so powerful and disruptive that the Anarchist Cookbook is a fairy tale in comparison." -- 3D Printing Industry


Review on 3D Hacker! online, November 18, 2013[edit]

“3dhacker is truly impressed by the amount of work Dr. Pearce has put into Open-Source Lab. It’s immediately clear how a teacher or researcher in any institution around the world can reduce their laboratory equipment costs by 60-90%. Additionally Dr. Pearce illustrates the benefits of open source hardware and how it’s a must if the world wants to move at the fastest pace for scientific development!” -- 3dhacker Review: Open-Source Lab

Review on Nanowerk.com, November 18, 2013[edit]

“’Open-Source Lab’ is written for a wide audience, from novices to those who are “at one with the force of open source,” who can skip the introductory material and get right to work printing their own equipment.” --Nanowerk

Review Machine Design December 4, 2013[edit]

“Pearce intends his book to be a sort of guide to creating your own open-source lab gear. The topics he covers include software rights, best practices and etiquette for using open-source hardware, open-source microcontrollers, open-source centrifuges and spectrometers, colorimeters, and even open-source laser welding. There are also some helpful hints for those who are 3D-printing their equipment for the first time.” --Machine Design

Review on Midwest January, 2014[edit]

"Pearce's examples make it abundantly clear that the more people creating and sharing their hardware designs will only help research and technology accelerate and flourish. All things considered, the Open-Source Lab is a must read for every professional and amateur scientist. Even science educators would benefit from reading it and being able to improve their teaching laboratories for their students. And while he may not cover all the issues related to social and business aspects of open-source hardware, Pearce's writing throughout the Open-Source Lab is both inspiring and instructive as he covers all the information about the new and exciting possibilities with open-source hardware and 3-D printing." -- Midwest Book Review

Amazon Review[edit]

5 stars -- "Thorough guide to save a ton of money for your lab" - Amazon Reviews

Imprimalia 3D[edit]

Original Spanish text:

"Este adalid del uso del código abierto en la investigación continúa con su infatigable labor y ahora ha recopilado una serie de herramientas que pueden ayudar a biólogos, químicos, físicos, médicos, farmacéuticos e investigadores y científicos en general en la realización de sus experimentos de laboratorio." - Imprimalia 3D


English translation:

"This champion of the use of open source in the investigation continues his tireless work and now has compiled a series of tools that can help biologists, chemists, physicists, doctors, pharmacists and researchers and scientists in general in conducting laboratory experiments."

In the Media[edit]

Why Open Source Hardware is Important to Scientists - Interview with Allison Mills

Using Open Source Lab as a Textbook[edit]

US News[edit]

International Media[edit]

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Netherlands

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Pearce Publications By Topic: Energy Conservation Energy Policy Industrial SymbiosisLife Cycle Analysis Materials Science Open Source Photovoltaic Systems Solar CellsSustainable Development Sustainability Education


References[edit]

  1. http://www.scidev.net/global/technology/multimedia/open-source-through-the-lens-of-a-microscope.html