bostjan-travel-log-1
13 Dec 2016
The week framing the end of this year’s November and the beginning of December Boštjan from our Symbiolab was travelling North-West to foster new collaborations with colleagues from Germany and the Netherlands and to catch-up with old friends. Today you can read his travel log. After 17 hours on the rails between Graz and the western reaches of Germany, the...
mushroom-1
18 Oct 2016
It has been known for a while now that Oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus, Pleurotus eryngii, etc.) are so called saprotophs - meaning they grow on dead or decaying organic materials. As a result, they are easy to cultivate on various substrates such as grain berries or straw, but also coffe grounds. These are becoming more and more popular, as they...
vitaprint-3dbioprinter-2
06 Oct 2016
Developing open source DIY bio-laboratory equipment on the one hand and daily using 3D printing as a developing tool on the other, one could argue that it was an expected next step to link the two. Here we are announcing our new project - Vitaprint, an open source bioprinter, which is led by our student member Luka Banović. According to...
ars-electronica-1
16 Sep 2016
For the first time ever, we had the opportunity to present our work at this year’s Ars Electronica Festival. Now already traditionally combining art and technology while posing ethical and philosophical questions about both, the state of the art, as well as the future of humanity, the title this year was: Radical atoms and the alchemists of our time. In...
irnas-at-arselectronica
09 Sep 2016
Till Tuesday Musti and Boštjan are exhibiting our Koruza, GoodEnoughCNC, Symbiolab and Vitaprint bioprinter as well as some other projects from open source community (Safecast, AKER Urban Garden Kits, Twistab chairs) at Ars Electronica festival, titled Radical atoms and the alchemists of our time. For everyone out there currently in Linz, be sure to check out our stuff at the...
spectrometer-1
01 Sep 2016
Symbiolab added a new device to our DIY labware repository. Based on the designs from PublicLab and the hackaday prize entry by Brian Benchoff, we built a simple UV-Vis spectrometer for the analysis of liquid samples. The construction uses two razor blades which are adjusted and screwed in place very close together to form the slit and the underside of...
open-day
25 Aug 2016
You’re kindly invited to our Open Day, which we are organizing together with biolab symbiolab and fablab KreatorLab. Join us on Monday, 5th September 2016 at Tkalka (Tkalski prehod 4, 2000 Maribor) and get involved in the activities of our Ad-hoc Mini Fab&ScienceLab, where we’ll be assembling Troublemaker 3D printer, doing some DIY microscopy and spectrometry, learning about optical communication...
diy-syringe-adapter-1
10 Aug 2016
As part of our‭ ‬bioprinting story we‭ ‬developed a simple DIY‭ ‬syringe adapter.‭ ‬The purpose of the development was to make it available in small amounts, as syringe adapters have a low market price only when bought in large batches and are not easy to get otherwise.‭ ‬Following the fashion of modularity and DIY mentality we designed the first‭ ‬version...
diy-peristaltic-pump-1
08 Aug 2016
Recently we worked on the development of a cheap, yet accurate enough‭ ‬system for our bioprinter/paste extrusion printer.‭ ‬Our aim is to develop a modular extruder design where extrusion parameters can be easily controlled and adapted‭ ‬when changing the syringe content.‭ For this we wish to build a hydraulic system where the syringe piston‭ ‬will be moved according to the...
lek-donation
04 Aug 2016
Yesterday our symbiolab was visiting the biopharmaceutical division of Lek d.d. (Sandoz) where we acquired a used analytical scale but were also surprised by an enormous set of other equipment, which we were donated. A car full of stuff that includes a vortex, heating block, desiccator, Schott bottles, pipette tips and more has already been through the maintenance process and...