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Countdown to April 30. 3D printing design deadline!

April 6, 2012 in Our News

Tekla Labs’ 3D printing competition is in the final stretch.  Enter now to win oscilloscopes, kindles, tools for your shed, Make magazine subscriptions, and more!

Read about the competition, and about Tekla Labs, in this recent blog from PC World: Tekla Labs Wants To Help You Print Your Own Lab

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Nature’s Soapbox Science talks the Future of Funding

March 26, 2012 in Our News, Things We Like

The most recent series in Nature’s Soapbox Science blog focuses on different ways scientists worldwide are funding their research in the current economic climate. Tekla Labs, Kickstarter, and Petridish are all featured as new avenues for scientists to fufill their research needs in the face of decreasing federal funding and parallel increases in crowdsourcing and social networking.

As part of this discussion, see Tekla Labs’ text on Soapbox for our ideas on engaging individual scientists as active global citizens.

Share your ideas!

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Innovations at UC Berkeley: Tekla Labs

March 19, 2012 in Our News


Check out this write-up about Tekla Labs in UC Berkeley Engineering’s magazine Innovations.

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We are Makers – Dale Dougherty talks at TEDx about ‘making stuff’

March 11, 2012 in Things We Like

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.

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2-for-1 3D Printing Competition Submissions

February 25, 2012 in Our News, Things We Like

Tekla Labs’ 3D printing competition is on and the first designs have been submitted! We’ll be acccepting submissions until the end of April.

There have been some questions about the ownership/sharing of submitted designs: we’re encouraging everyone to be as open as possible and to share their designs through our website or other online portals. See the competition guidelines for details of our open license suggestion. However, this is ultimately up to you, and feel free to suggest alternatives that work for you!

In addition, Instructables is hosting an even larger competition – Make it Real – with $100,000 in prizes for the best designs! And best of all, you can submit the same designs to both competitions!  Thanks to Instructables again for sponsoring our competition at the same time as they are running their own and for supporting “2-for-1″ dual submissions.

Tekla Labs’ competition:

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Tekla Labs demo at Biocurious!

February 22, 2012 in Our News

This coming Monday, February 27th, Tekla Labs will be demoing some designs we are working on at the BioCurious hackerspace in Sunnyvale, CA. Join us there to hear more about what designs we are working on, and test out some of our recently build DIY lab equipment. Space is limited, so sign up soon!

DIY Research Grade Equipment for Laboratories in Developing Regions
Monday, February 27, 2012, 6:30 PM
BioCurious: 845 Stewart Drive, Suite C, Sunnyvale, CA

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Chemical & Engineering News covers Tekla Labs

February 22, 2012 in Our News

Chemical & Engineering News just published a great article, Makeshift Chemistry, on the need for affordable lab equipment–featuring Tekla Labs and other interesting projects to increase research capacity in emerging regions!

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AAAS Annual Meeting This Weekend in Vancouver

February 13, 2012 in Our News

Just a reminder that Tekla Labs is going to be at the AAAS Annual Meeting this weekend!

We are organizing a symposium on Friday, featuring talks focused around ways in which scientists, engineers, and policy makers can encourage the growth of research capacity in emerging regions. Dr. Iruka Okeke, an associate professor in biology at Haverford College, will be joining us to discuss her experiences working with labs in Africa and share insights on how to build fruitful international scientific collaborations. Our own Lina Nilsson will give a talk about Tekla Labs and other recent efforts to make low-cost, high quality laboratory tools using off-the-shelf resources. Finally we will hear from Dr. Barbara Gastel, a professor at Texas A&M University, who will discuss her work on the AuthorAID project, which aims to connect researchers in developing countries to the global science community by helping them write about and publish their research.

Toward a Global Lab: Building Science Capacity in Developing Countries
Date: Friday, February 17, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Where: Vancouver Convention Center, Room 213

To hear more about Tekla Labs and meet some of our members, stop by our poster on Saturday:

Advancing Community-Driven Do-It-Yourself Solutions for Scientific Lab Equipment in the Developing World: The Tekla Labs Model
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre, West Exhibit Hall A-B1

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Winter 2012 Update

February 7, 2012 in Our News

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Enter Our 3D Printing Competition!

February 2, 2012 in Our News

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!

Categories
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!

Who can enter: Anyone!
Details & submission: teklalabs.org/3dprinting
Quesions: 3dprinting@teklalabs.org

Important Dates
April 30: Last possible day to submit a design (11:59pm PST)
May 10: Final winners are announced

Happy Designing,
The Tekla Labs Team
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