Open Labware: 3-D printing your own lab equipment.

PLoS Biology. 2015;13(3):e1002086 DOI 10.1371/journal.pbio.1002086


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Journal Title: PLoS Biology

ISSN: 1544-9173 (Print); 1545-7885 (Online)

Publisher: Public Library of Science (PLoS)

LCC Subject Category: Science: Biology (General)

Country of publisher: United States

Language of fulltext: English

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Tom Baden
Andre Maia Chagas
Gregory J Gage
Timothy C Marzullo
Lucia L Prieto-Godino
Thomas Euler


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Abstract | Full Text

The introduction of affordable, consumer-oriented 3-D printers is a milestone in the current "maker movement," which has been heralded as the next industrial revolution. Combined with free and open sharing of detailed design blueprints and accessible development tools, rapid prototypes of complex products can now be assembled in one's own garage--a game-changer reminiscent of the early days of personal computing. At the same time, 3-D printing has also allowed the scientific and engineering community to build the "little things" that help a lab get up and running much faster and easier than ever before.