Putting the Open in OpenPCR: open source biotech


OpenPCR PCR machineOpenPCR first came to life last February, and we showed off our first prototype at Maker Faire last May. Those of you following the OpenPCR blog know we designed, refined, and engineered our hearts out. Today, Josh and I are pleased to make the first version of the OpenPCR design docs public. Whether you’re a hardware junkie, circuit board lover, or code addict, the world’s first open source hardware PCR machine has got you covered!

OpenPCR Downloads Page link

OpenPCR CAD (SolidWorks 2011) for all 100+ components of OpenPCR
Eagle files for the OpenPCR Brains circuit board
Arduino control software (still being revised)
Adobe Air software interface (still being revised)

We also invite you to check out the OpenPCR assembly instructions which come bound and printed with every kit we ship. The cover features beautiful glasswork by Dale Chihuly, and you can read the rest of the story here: OpenPCR Build Instructions link

A question for you — What OpenPCR stories would you like to hear? Any components or topics you would like us to write up in detail? Feel free to reply to this post or email us at contact@openpcr.org

Original post: Putting the Open in OpenPCR @ OpenPCR.org

Bio: MAKE guest citizen science author Tito Jankowski works on making biotech easier to do, including developing open source tools for gel electrophoresis and a thermal cycler. Got other citizen science or garage biotech projects you want to hear more about? Comment on this article below or email him at tito at openpcr.org


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