Article: Making a difference with open source science equipment

Materials, Open Health, Open Manufacturing, Procedures (Medical)

Making a difference with open source science equipment

Open source lab equipment is the focus of a new study, published in Science and Public Policy. Joshua Pearce, an associate professor of materials science and engineering as well as electrical and computer engineering at Michigan Tech, led the research.

Pearce proposes that instead of spending millions of dollars every year replacing quickly obsolescent equipment, that money could be redirected to developing open source tools that are “upgradeable and transformable–they will be continuously updated” using digital manufacturing techniques such as 3-D printing.

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