Interesting note from the Open ePhys newsletter this week, that might be of interest to members of the list:
LabMaker, which launched last year, is a company that assembles and sells hardware designed by scientists—an objective that we wholeheartedly support. The LabMaker store already carries a number of tools from Open Ephys, including some that can’t be purchased anywhere else. In addition to our acquisition board and I/O board, LabMaker sells fully assembled Twisters (an open-source tetrode spinner) and components for flexDrives (an open-source tetrode implant). We hope the availability of these tools will lower the barrier to entry for scientists that want to carry out experiments with tetrodes. LabMaker is always looking for more hardware to produce, so please get in touch with them if you have something you’d like to share with the broader community. A portion of LabMaker’s revenues will be donated to Open Ephys, to fund our continued development and support efforts.
How do others deal with distribution? Would a model like this be of assistance to you? Interesting to think about as we discuss open science hardware efforts scaling and how to effectively share kit and designs across different countries.