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

Open-source Lab

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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 | edit source]

  • 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

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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 | edit source]

See also graphical abstract gallery of HardwareX

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.

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Table of Contents[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

Will you 3D print your next lab?

External Links with Open Hardware for Science[edit | edit source]

Open-source Optical Microscope

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

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

Now there are even journals fully dedicated to open hardware:

MOST Group[edit | edit source]

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Authors J.M.Pearce
Published 2013
License CC-BY-SA-4.0
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