Open-source lab jack
by jpearce, published
This component is part of the [Open-source optics project](http://www.appropedia.org/Open_source_optics), whose goal is to radically reduce the cost of scientific optical hardware: by the [Michigan Tech's Open Sustainability Technology Research Group]( mse.mtu.edu/MOST).
For similar see the [Open-Source Lab How to Build Your Own Hardware and Reduce Research Costs](http://store.elsevier.com/coArticle.jsp?pageid=18200010&utm_source=Joshua+Pearce&utm_medium=marketing&utm_campaign=Open-Source+Lab+Free+Access)
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The print time will depend on the type of printer and the slicing settings. But I have to tell you $5/min seems insanely expensive unless it is printing in gold. There are lots of online places to find people with printers that will charge you /cm^3 try MakeXYZ to find someone in your area.
The new tech hub at the Toronto Public Library is charging 5 dollars per minute of print time to a max of two hours so is there any estimate on print times per part / device total and does any part take more than 2 hours to print?
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This works well and can get a good quality z-axis small change for any standard optical arrangement. However, the gearing is a bit sticky so will need improved if you are going to automate with lots of precise height changes.
Full information [here on appropedia](http://www.appropedia.org/Open-source_lab_jack)
Thanks to Nick for the designs and GregFrost for the gears.
This component is part of the Open-source Optics Library: Zhang C, Anzalone NC, Faria RP, Pearce JM (2013) [Open-Source 3D-Printable Optics Equipment](http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0059840). PLoS ONE 8(3): e59840.
This is part of a larger project to reduce the cost of scientific equipment using open-source hardware. Read more [here](http://mtu.academia.edu/JoshuaPearce/Papers/1935580/Building_Research_Equipment_with_Free_Open-Source_Hardware)
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