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Open-source 3-D platform for low-cost scientific instrument ecosystem
Journal of Laboratory Automation
  • C. Zhang, Michigan Technological University
  • Bas Wijnen, Michigan Technological University
  • Joshua M. Pearce, Michigan Technological University
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The combination of open-source software and hardware provides 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 that has the capacity to perform scientific applications, including (1) 3-D printing of scientific hardware; (2) laboratory auto-stirring, measuring, and probing; (3) automated fluid handling; and (4) shaking and mixing. The open-source 3-D platform not only facilities routine research while radically reducing the cost, but 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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C. Zhang, Bas Wijnen and Joshua M. Pearce. "Open-source 3-D platform for low-cost scientific instrument ecosystem" Journal of Laboratory Automation Vol. 21 Iss. 4 (2016) p. 517 - 525
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