3D Printable Device Can Influence Animal Behavior

The results of the new 3D printable device is reportedly “good balance between performance, cost, and versatility”. Because of the major success throughout the psychological experiments of the new device, we can expect the device to move swiftly through drug trials.

“The device was designed with reproducibility in mind, so that laboratories around the world could download it and use it for their own experiments. The device is also easily customizable, allowing it to fit the specifications of a number of different experiments. The main arena of the conditioning box measured 160 x 160 x 160mm and was printed in PLA on a Kentstrapper Verve 3D printer. The researchers included a slot for a camera so the position of the mice could be monitored at all times.”

The convenience 3D printing brings to manufacturing is unlike anything we have ever seen before. It is examples like these that prove how 3D printing is creating a dynamic shift in manufacturing and dynamic opening for the world of innovation.

“Further details of the design of the device can be found in the paper titled ‘3D Printable Device for Automated Operant Conditioning in the Mouse’. It is co-authored by Raffaele Mazziotti, Giulia Sagona, Leonardo Lupori, Virginia Martini, and Tommaso Pizzorusso.”

“One of the areas where 3D printing truly shines is in the development of educational and research equipment. Recently, a team of researchers from the University of Bath developed and released an open-source design for a “laboratory-grade” microscope, with the 3D printing materials costing just $18. The OpenFlexure microscope is fully automated, features motorized sample positioning, focus control and a precise mechanical stage.”

How exciting the future looks, especially for education, with the accelerations made possible because of 3D printing.

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