Spectrometer assembly is in full swing!
Things are humming along! Fellow Public Lab staff member Mathew Lippincott has been up to his elbows in foldable paper spectrometers out in Portland OR for the past week or two, and here in Somerville MA, we are preparing for our own big assembly of desktop spectrometry kits. Some of you may have been following our progress at PublicLaboratory.org, but for the rest of you, I know you're eager to see our progress. Here are some photos and other updates, including a look at our super-hot newly redesigned spectrometer kit at the bottom! Apologies for slow responses to your messages and comments; please bear with us as we get these rewards out the door.
Mathew spent a lot of time cutting up DVDs, which will be shipping with your foldable spectrometers. I get to do this tomorrow. After extensive testing, DVDs have been shown to be as good or better than purpose-made gratings.
Assembly instructions with DVDs taped to them.
Lasercut spectrometers ready to be folded up by you.
This is what you'll be receiving shortly if you selected the foldable spectrometer reward!
A partially assembled spectrometer prototype:
DIY Spectrometry Kits
The black paper inserts, conduit boxes, and other parts have been steadily flowing into our workspace in Somerville (the Pirateship). The inserts are now being lasercut, and we've put a call out for folks to volunteer packing boxes in exchange for free pizza and spectrometers! At this point the only thing missing is the webcam shipment. Fingers crossed for this to arrive in the next few days!
The 800+ lbs of aluminum conduit boxes which are our new spectrometer enclosures were the most dramatic:
Finally, we stickered a few with our new labels, assembled final packaging, and did a quick photo shoot. Gorgeous!
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This completely egregious "steampunk" spectrometer is made from polished aluminum, brass, and finely finished, laser engraved wood. It's functionally identical to the "countertop" model, but has enough polish to make Isambard Kingdom Brunel proud. Don't back this unless you are a) feeling sooo rad or b) trying to support the Public Lab nonprofit.Estimated delivery:
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