Open-Source Lab: How to Build Your Own Hardware and Reduce Research Costs

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

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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.

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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

For a collection of free and open-source scientific hardware see this collection on Thingiverse or this for a collection specifically focused on optics.

For more printable open-source scientific equipment see the Learning Category at Thingiverse or any of the subcategories including engineering, math, physics, and biology.

Table of Contents

Preface

  1. Introduction to Open Source Hardware for Science
  2. The Benefits of Sharing - Nice Guys and Girls Do Finish First
  3. Open Licenses - 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

External Links with Open Hardware for Science

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