An open-source, motorized, and modular microscope built using LEGO bricks, Arduino, Raspberry Pi and 3D printing. The microscope uses a Raspberry Pi mini-computer with an 8MP camera to capture images and videos.


OpenFuge describes all the materials and gives step by step instructions to the assembly of a centrifuge that is able to deliver 6000 G’s of force and to rotate at 9000 RPM, while being able to hold 4 eppendorf tubes.


GogoFuge is a good example of the power of opensource designs. IT was based on the idea of the DremelFuge and altered to be a tabletop centrifuge with vortex capability. It was created by Keegan Cooke

5 Dollar PCR machine

The 5 dollar PCR machine is a project from David Ng. he created a very interesting design for the PCR machine. Instead of using eppendorfs, he is using teflon tubes and three different heating elements, which allows for cheaper (he has a working PCR machine for 5 dollars!


Katharina and Alex are developing a classic PCR machine: 16 samples and a heated lid. You can find more details of their project here Here is a demo video:


DremelFuge is a very simple and clever centrifuge, buit perhaps not the safest one (be careful if you end up using it!). It takes advantage of 3d printing technology to print an adaptor that goes on to a Dremel (a precision tool that has really high rotation rates).

Open PCR

Open PCR is an open source PCR machine with heated lid and space for 12 samples


A very neat picospritzer initially created by Joe (PI at Raimondo Lab) using basically a solenoid valve, microcontroller and a power source. Was later further developed by Chris at the Baden Lab, and collaboratively published as a peer reviewed article.

Syringe Pump

From the Pearce lab, this syringe pump was published in Plos One and is built using 3d printed parts, stepper motors and a raspberry pi, costing 5% or less than commercial available systems.