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OpenPCR Shows How Design And Manufacturing Are Changing

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:13 AM
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Open PCR via Ponoko It is such a remarkable story about how design and production are changing. 20 years ago a PCR machine ( polymerase chain reaction, a copy machine for DNA) was the size of a fridge, cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, and got its inventor a Nobel Prize. Now, a designer can have an idea for building something like a cheap open source PCR, raise cash on Kickstarter, draw it up on Sketchup, manufacture it at Ponoko, and ship it out the door for $512. ... Read the full story on TreeHugger






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