3D printing is the Next Big Thing, I’m pretty sure. Here’s a blog post by my former lab mate Luis Zaman on how he used a 3D printer to construct an adapter for our algae-analyzing Turner Designs Trilogy fluorometer. Basically, he designed a tiny plastic adapter that let me use the fluorometer to track the growth of algal cultures in test tubes using their innate chlorophyll fluorescence.
On Luis’ advice, we plan to install a (very affordable) Ultimaker 2 3D printer in the lab in the near future. I have high hopes that it will assist in some very inventive science.