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Just last week we mentioned the OpenPCR project and included a link to their Kickstarter page. Throughout the week support for the project poured in from all over the Internet and eventually the project surpassed their initial target. Then on Friday the project hit a snag. The heated lid that warms the top of the tubes kept burning out. That’s when Tito Jankowski decided to post a question soliciting feedback on O’Reilly Answers. From the OpenPCR blog:

A good discussion on the OpenPCR heated lid over at O’Reilly Answers.

We’ve been thinking a lot about the heated lid, and have had some great ideas suggested.

Windell Oskay from Evil Mad Scientist Labs suggested actually making a custom PCB printed with copper trace to form a heater. What an awesome idea, definitely want to try it out.

Not only are they making their plans for a key piece of DIY Bio hardware open for everyone to use, but they’re also soliciting input on its design. Now, that’s what I call Open Hardware.