CAD we share? Publishing reproducible microscope hardware

Benedict Diederich, Caroline Müllenbroich, Nikita Vladimirov, Richard Bowman, Julian Stirling, Emmanuel G. Reynaud, Andrey Andreev

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Here we discuss barriers to reproducibility in regard to microscopes and related hardware, along with best practices for sharing novel designs created using computer-aided design (CAD). We hope to start a fruitful community discussion on how instrument development, especially in microscopy, can become more open and reproducible, ultimately leading to better, more trustworthy science.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1026-1030
Number of pages5
JournalNature Methods
Issue number9
Early online date4 May 2022
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sept 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors thank for comments Pete Dahlberg, Davis Perez, Jim Haseloff, Kay Oliver Schink and Scott E. Fraser. M.C.M. acknowledges a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship (MSCA-IF-EF-ST grant agreement no. 842893). N.V. is supported by URPP Adaptive Brain Circuits in Development and Learning (AdaBD). R.W.B. and J.S. acknowledge financial support from the Royal Society (URF\R1\180153, RGF\EA\181034) and EPSRC (EP/R013969/1, EP/R011443/1).

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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