On Nov 17 2020, the journal Nature published a feature about how “How DIY technologies are democratizing science” by Sandeep Ravindran. Key takeaways: “The idea that scientists build their own equipment is as old as science,” (Tom Baden) a reminder that the trend itself is not new, scientists have been building their own equipment for centuries, often out of necessity, as it doesn’t exist yet. DIY is time consuming, labor-intensive,… Read More »Recent Nature feature on DIY science equipment
Here’s another project delayed by COVID-19 that we’re finally starting. Tech Hotel is a grant from the Dutch Research Council (NWO) that focuses on technological advances and knowledge transfer. Two researchers from the Donders Institute – Tansu Celikel and Joanes Grandjean – set out to push the limits of protein imaging. More specifically, their aim is to achieve “in-vivo whole-brain quantitative protein expression mapping”. A further step will be to control these… Read More »Tech Hotel: A new collaboration for 3Dneuro
We believe value creation – be it new software, hardware or methods – comes with a moral obligation to make it available to everyone who needs it. As a commercial company, we create designs that we sell as products (our main thing, microdrives). However, now we also create custom designs that we sell once, then shelve. Custom designs don’t become products for a range of reasons. The main one being… Read More »A little opening: Sharing some designs as open hardware
iNavigate is a recently funded project, under the Horizon 2020 MSCA RISE program for a period of four years, starting December 2019. Last week was the kick-off meeting, gathering 40+ partners under the leadership of Tansu Celikel from the Donders Institute. 3Dneuro participates in the systems neuroscience part, and will collaborate on new designs and validation studies.
In recent years, 3D printing technology has been getting better and cheaper, bringing performance usually accessible only to large industrial companies into the consumer market. New materials are constantly developed, and nowadays it is possible to print objects with high detail in a variety of plastics, metals, and even sandstone or wood. In neuroscience research, 3D printing is now being used – often in combination with an open source philosophy… Read More »The rise of 3D printing in neuroscience research
Since 2016, the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behaviour awards 5000€ to scientists that want to take an idea from the lab to create bigger impact for society. In 2017, the voucher was aimed to support scientists to do market research or start a company based on their research. Martha entered the race for us and convinced the jury that out of all applicants, 3Dneuro was one to support.… Read More »Donders Startup Voucher
Today, we are finally online and presenting 3Dneuro to the neuroscience community. A bit more than two years ago, Abdel, Martha, and Tim chatted for the first time about the possibilities for making the 3D printed silicon probe microdrives Tim developed during his PhD available for a wider group of scientists. Up to that day, starting up and running experiments with awake behaving rodents using silicon probes wasn’t easy. The… Read More »3Dneuro is online!