Open-Source Lab

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* Book: Open-Source Lab: How to Build Your Own Hardware and Reduce Research Costs. by Dr. Joshua M. Pearce. Elsevier, 2013


"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, 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." (

Joshua Pearce writes:

"It is a basic how to manual for young faculty and I am not exaggerating on the cost savings - for example to outfit an undergrad optics lab the costs drop from $15,000 to about $500 for equipment of equal performance. Research grade equipment cost savings are even more substantial. As a scientist and a libre advocate I really want to see this idea spread as it will create a positive feedback loop." (via email)