Doing science can be an expensive affair, but a new project from Michigan Technological University is trying to make science more affordable and more accessible.
In a recently published paper, professors and researchers at the university outlined their plans for creating an online, open-source library of 3D printable optics hardware. According to one of the paper’s authors, associate professor Joshua Pearce, “This library operates as a free, flexible, low-cost tool set for developing both research and teaching optics hardware.”
The Michigan Tech white paper goes on to state that by using 3D printed scientific apparatus the cost for each instrument dropped by over 97%, with some instrument components seeing a 99% decrease in cost.
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