What is it about?

We describe the methodology needed for microbiologists to develop their own novel and unique tools, or to fabricate and customise existing consumables. A workflow is presented for designing and 3D printing labware and quickly producing easy-to-sterilise and re-useable plastic parts of great utility in the microbiology laboratory

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Why is it important?

Fused filament fabrication technology can become an essential tool to facilitate innovation in the microbiology laboratory. Whether producing in-house versions of existing labware to avoid supply problems, customising standard labware for specific methods, or developing entirely new components, our method guide and findings, can help researchers create or replace many types of labware without waiting for vendors to innovate or for delivery of supplies, as well as quickly iterating any parameters for experiments. This will save time, ease research budgets, and ultimately reduce turnaround time to improve the quality of microbiology.


The open publication of these designs will support a new wave of microbiology innovation across the globe.


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This page is a summary of: Methods for rapid prototyping novel labware: using CAD and desktop 3D printing in the microbiology laboratory, Letters in Applied Microbiology, December 2021, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/lam.13615.
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