Specialist laboratory equipment costs an absolute fortune - but scientists can now use 3D printing technology to build the equipment they need at a fraction of the cost.
Oftentimes a large portion of research money ends up getting swallowed buying kit. Lab machines are expensive and the market is relatively small so the mark-up is huge. That’s why more scientists are discovering they can do a better job themselves (and save valuable research funds along the way) by sharing technical plans and using 3D printing technology to make parts.
Joshua Pearce is an engineer at Michigan Technological University who has written a guidebook for scientists on how to create a low-cost lab.