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Cite as Citation reference for the source document. Chenlong Zhang, Bas Wijnen, Joshua M. Pearce. Open-source 3-D Platform for Low-cost Scientific Instrument Ecosystem. Journal of Laboratory Automation 21(4) 517-525 (2016). DOI: open access
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Authors Joshua M. Pearce
Status Designed
Completed 2016
Made Yes
Replicated Yes
Cost USD 499
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The combination of open-source software and hardware provide 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 having the capacity to perform scientific applications including: i) 3-D printing of scientific hardware, ii) laboratory auto-stirring, measuring and probing, iii) automated fluid handling and iv) shaking and mixing. The open-source 3-D platform not only facilities routine research while radically reducing the cost, but it 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.

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

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