We are pleased to have been selected as winners of the Cambridge University Technology and Enterprise Club (CUTEC) 3D printing innovation award. The prize, an Ultimaker 2-type 3D printer, was given for one of our most recent 3D printing projects, the “FlyPi” (video). The project envisages to build a flexibly programmable fluorescence microscope and behavioural rig for small model species such as Drosophila or zebrafish. It is based on a Raspberry Pi 2 single board computer controlling a webcam microscope setup, an Arduino microcontroller, seveal LEDs and other actuators and a whole bunch of 3D printed mechanical parts. Critically, the project is fully Open Source, and can be assembled for ~100 USD (“the 100$ lab”). Over the past few months, we already used different versions of the FlyPi in training events in Durban and Nairobi. We aim to publish all plans and detailed assembly instructions in a scientific outlet in the near future- watch this space! In the meantime, check out the link to the current version above, and see below for some pictures of Andre accepting the award. Picture credit: CUTEC.

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