A 3D Printed Lab

Tomorrow is the SASTA (South Australian Science Teachers Association) Conference. We have booked an exhibition space there and we are hoping to meet over 100 South Australian science teachers. This is our first real promotional event. We are ready. We hope to convince teachers that phones make great labs. Here’s a peek preview.

We have been working quietly on replacing old world lab equipment with our own 3D printed ones which can then be freely distributed with our apps.

It is early days in 3D Printing

Despite being overtaken by hype, 3D printing holds great promise for PhoneLabs, as it will allow students and teachers to create and customise lab equipment relatively cheaply and easily. But 3D printed parts are a bit fragile without the structural and material qualities of mass produced manufactured items. We, therefore, use 3D printed parts primarily from stainless steel, wooden rulers and 8 mm steel rods and iterated our designs a number of times. They seem to work well. We will soon make these parts downloadable from our site and you will then be able to use them to do the majority of your physics lab experiments.

Those who grew up playing with Meccano sets will get this name. Too bad for the rest,  – especially those who were born too late in the consumer world to experience the skills that created it.

Our 3D Printed Lab kit uses a variety of simple components consisting of rulers (wood and metal), 8mm rods and G clamps, bits of Velcro and string. We like to keep it that way – limited! As a result, they can be combined with the unlimited capabilities of mobile devices – they do the clever things.

 

2 Comments

  1. Hans Erdmann says:

    Very nice creative creation. My Spaghettiscanner idea would fit to it its free and tasty and my idea of open source:
    Put Spaghetti on a surface stabil and massive and thin as possible side by side above each other and let them be steared from the sides by consolewalls, put sheet on sheet to cover the hight of an fixed object and let the pins touch the surface. Measure the distance between each layer and move one by one fixated to a paper scanner. Scann each layer as picture and give each layer a control fixation like the holes in a paper carring the Spaghetti. Import pics and postion them (X/Y/Z) to a Open sorce CAD systeme and create by using curves, put on limits of the pinends of each layer in the postioned hight. Use then the curves to sweep or orientation for surface creation. It can be done in Blender or for a while in Rhino V5 evaluation license with limited number of saves and exports.
    The Spaghettiscanner can be fixated layerwise with glue and can perform this way a positive and negative copy of the form and shape of an object to mall by aluminiumfolie or any kind of material like vax. (Put spray olive oil at the ends of the Spaghettis to ease the removal from them).
    Try to copy a face. If not glued you can cook and eat the scanner afterwards 🙂

    Tell me if you like my invention to train young scientists?

    Kind regards Hans Erdmann
    Madbäcksvägen 6h
    SE-42677 Västra Frölunda
    SWEDEN
    MOBILE: 0046735660801
    hans_erdmann@hotmail.com

    PS send me a nice picture of a decent result of my method if used and tell when dustributing the result that I was the creator so you are free to use it.
    Bon apetite… Curious Hans

  2. Jules says:

    Have you considered using Nylon filament for more functional 3D printed pieces? Thomas Martzall, the man behind Taulman Nylon developed his Nylon filament specifically for mechanically usable items.

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