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Stanford inventor designs low-cost science tools for the world | Bioengineering - More than a century after Ford, Bioengineering professor Manu Prakash, is applying the same cost-cutting rigor to the design of scientific instruments. The results are jaw-dropping. June 12, 2017 by Kris Newby I LOVE THIS! Reminds me of George

Stanford inventor designs low-cost science tools for the world | Bioengineering


Henry Ford, the father of the first affordable automobile, once said, “I 
will build a motor car for the great multitude… constructed of the best 
materials, by the best men to be hired, after the simplest designs that 
modern engineering can devise… so low in price that no man making 
a good salary will be unable to own one…”
More than a century later, bioengineering professor Manu Prakash
PhD, is applying Ford’s same cost-cutting rigor to the design of 
scientific instruments. The results are jaw-dropping. To date, his lab 
has invented a $1 microscope made of folded paper, a 20-cent 
blood centrifuge and a $5 programmable chemistry set made from 
a toy hand-crank music box.
In an article in the spring issue of Stanford Medicine magazine, 
Prakash discusses his dreams for what he calls the “frugal science 
movement.” The article also describes his wildly inventive past, his 
plan to ship 1 million microscopes around the world by year’s end, 
and his most audacious frugal design challenge yet — to build a 
high-powered scanning electron microscope out of only $100 in 
parts.

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