Tekla Labs and Instructables have teamed up to present the Build My Lab Contest, where they are hoping for brilliant DIY’ers to create helpful lab equipment that real scientists can use, as well as creative “Lab Hacks” to make their jobs easier. You know you want that Dremel Kit!
The Build My Lab Contest is a bit of a special one, as there are two distinct categories this time around. The first group involves imagining tools, equipment and gear that you can build that actual scientific researchers would use in a lab, and the other pushes designers to share creative solutions to solve the little problems in the lab, such as using a 3D printer to make a cage for your pygmy tyrannosaurs clone. You’ll want to put on your thinking caps for this one, as you’re doing to be creating picture or video based guides for scientists and researchers that exclusively think outside of the box!
The single overall grand prize winner earns themselves a HiTorque mini mill, DSO nano oscilloscope, a Dremel kit, an Open Source PCR kit, a copy of "Open-Source Lab: How to Build Your Own Hardware and Reduce Research Costs" and an Instructables prize pack. A “Judges’ Prize from both categories will get an incredible RepRap Huxley 3D printer, the book and the prize pack. There’s also a bunch of great prizes available for the five First Prize and ten Second Prize winners, so lend your scientist pals at Tekla labs a hand, and they might just reward your brilliance with a bunch of sweet swag.
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Click here to enter your inventive laboratory tools and lab hacks into the Tekla Labs and Instructables Build My Lab Contest, but make sure that you send in your entries before December 16th, 2013. Good luck, DIY Scientists!