and of course Tekla Labs couldn’t agree more. Go Make!
To see some of the type of creative stuff in the talk for yourself (or to showcase your own designs!), go to one of the Maker Faires. The next Bay Area Maker Faire is May 19 & 20. NY’s edition is in September.
Tekla Labs is excited to announce a 3D Printed Design competition for do-it-yourself science and engineering: PRINTmyLAB. Get your design 3D printed! Over $1000 in additional prizes for the winning entries!
1) DIY Alternative: A 3D printing blueprint for an item that can replace a commercial product or a specific component of a commercial product used in scientific laboratories or in scientific/engineering research. Especially helpful if this part tends to break or get lost.
2) Novel Gadget: A 3D printing blueprint for a novel item not commercially available that is of use in scientific laboratories or in scientific/engineering research. Invent! Imagine! Print!
Peter Vasilnak from Rutgers University is working on a sample shaker design for Tekla Labs. We’re really excited about this project since sample shakers are very commonly used in research laboratories.
What are they? Shakers are used to agitate, aerate and mix all sorts of liquid samples that are placed in flasks and tubes on the shaker surface. They are used in many diverse applications in the lab such as to grow non-adherent cells and to stain electrophoresis gels to measure protein purity.
Here’s a short introduction to Tekla Labs in the Fall 2011 Newsletter of the Sustainable Sciences Institute. SSI is a great nonprofit that works to ‘develop scientific research capacity in areas with pressing public health problems’. They are based here in San Francisco and have been very supportive of Tekla Labs. Thanks SSI!
This is a neat project on making machine shop tools using recycled and off-the-shelf parts. So far, Pat Delaney and his collaborators have made a “multimachine” (lathe, grinder, mill, saw, etc), as well as a dedicated lathe, a steel drill, and a simple electricty generator. See read about more projects like this one at engineering4change.
On May 21-22, the world’s largest DIY festival will take place in the Bay Area. We’ll have a Tekla Labs booth (Maker 5297: Build-Your-Own Biology Lab, Phase 1) and will also be checking out all the awesome science, music, art, and tech (etc, etc) projects on display. I am excited to learn about how to build your own 3D printer!
Are you an undergraduate, graduate student or postdoc at UC Berkeley? Want to get involved building, designing or testing equipment or creating how-to documents? Interested in getting experience translating documents or doing market surveys of potential end users in laboratories worldwide? Send an email to us here at Tekla Labs, or visit the UC Berkeley graduate student group listings page.