Tuesday, 20 November 2012

3D print lab combs

Ever since I read Cory Doctorow's Makers, I've wanted a 3D printer (or at least access to one). Completely unjustifiably, I might add; I freely admit I just want to play, maybe make some custom lego bricks or miniatures of myself or something frivolous.

So it is with great excitement that I read stories like this, about people generating standard, useful lab equipment in house using 3D printers (Russel's blog is particularly relevant, as I could do with some custom mixed-width gel combs that aren't available commercially!).

Every story I read is one step closer to 3D printers becoming standard lab items, making me able to make my own unnecessary bits of plastic fun practical pieces of lab equipment cheaply and conveniently.

Update: I just did a quick search on Thingiverse (a repository of files and instructions to construct objects with tools like 3D printers and laser-cutters), and there already is a selection of electrophoresis parts available.

I have a feeling the DIYbio movement is going to run riot with this technology.


  1. You local hackspace might have one? If not the university almost certainly does (we have one in the printing department and we are an ART school, so surely you guys must have one kicking about)

  2. That's a good point, and definitely true - I know the architecture department at my uni has one.

    As it happens, my flatmate works in the nanotechnology building, and they're thinking of getting (a proper sized) one, so I think I'll wait until they get theirs and have a go on that!