From Instructables and Tekla labs (which “enables scientists to construct their own high quality lab equipment using readily available, off the shelf items”) comes a truly awesome contest that’s perfect for science hackers: Build My Lab.
Tekla Labs has surveyed twenty labs from countries throughout Latin American and Africa to identify the specific equipment needs of researchers around the globe. We found that over 50% of researchers surveyed are in need of and would be willing to build their own:
microscopes, media rotators, fluorometers, sterilization equipment, spectrophotometers, PCR machines, incubators, water baths, hot plate/magnetic stirrers, pH meters, electrophoresis chambers, sonicators, UV lamps, tissue culture hoods, centrifuges, and ELISA plate readers.
By submitting a design for one of these pieces of equipment to our Instructables competition, you are not only eligible to win one of our grand prizes AND a 3D printer, but also will be providing a real life solution for a researcher in need!