Research in physiology often requires the design and construction of specialized equipment. With the advent of high resolution 3D printers, prototyping and manufacturing components is becoming ever easier and cheaper. Here I will post designs for some of the equipment I have used in my research.
Using the high resolution X-ray microtomography beamline at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, I have been scanning at approximately micron resolution stems, leaves, and flowers in order to characterize structures in three dimensions. Here and in a database we are developing, I will be posting high resolution 3D models of plant structures that can be 3D-printed for teaching and display purposes.