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Make: Technology on Your Time Volume 31 by Mark Frauenfelder

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UNBLENDERS, DREMELFUGES, AND OPTICAL TWEEZERS

Making research-grade equipment from repurposed parts.

BY LINA NILSSON

image Two of the most useful DIY projects I know of are a modified record player that doesn’t make a sound and a kitchen blender that unmixes its contents. Both are research-grade science equipment. Scientists, both amateur and professional, build equipment to do real and important experiments. The instruments range from simple modifications of $10 gadgets to $100,000 precision instruments built from scratch. DIY equipment is an alternative that can save money and be easier to repair than closed-box commercial versions of standard equipment. ...

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