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Michigan Technological University

Joshua Pearce, Michigan Technological University

Caption: Michigan Tech's Joshua Pearce with a second-generation, open-source, 3D printer called a Mendel RepRap. The machine is made up of parts available in any local hardware store, open-source electronics available online, and parts that it can make for itself--all the red, white and blue components. Pearce has saved thousands of dollars by building his own lab equipment with this machine and others like it.

Credit: Sarah Bird/Michigan Tech

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