New open-source website features blueprints for lab-on-a-chip devices

A new MIT-designed open-source website might well be the Pinterest of microfluidics. The site,, is a free repository of designs for lab-on-a-chip devices, submitted by all sorts of inventors, including trained scientists and engineers, hobbyists, students, and amateur makers.

The researchers modeled their Metafluidics site after popular open-source repositories such as GitHub—a free site that hosts open-source software projects—and Thingiverse, a website that features hardware design files for user-created toys, gadgets, and robots.

Each device uploaded to the site includes a brief description, along with a list of materials used to fabricate the chip.

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