This web site is dedicated to the free dissemination of instrument design information as used in basic and applied medical research using nonhuman primates, with an emphasis on neuroscience research. This is a community effort! Our small group cannot be the ultimate source of information regarding every scientific instrument imaginable, given the wide range of electrical, mechanical, and other specialized devices necessary for advanced experimental neuroscience research. We can provide a place to store designs and design ideas for our mutual benefit.
If you are interested in medical instrument designs, you are encouraged to JOIN -- use the link near the upper right corner of the browser window to create your own login account. (Despite the use of the word "account", it costs nothing beyond supplying a valid e-mail address. You will have to have web-browser "cookies" enabled -- per-session cookies are adequate.) Within a few minutes, you will receive an email with your initial password.
Once you have your own password, use the LOGIN link to access the content of this web site. If logging-in fails after several attempts, you can complain to the web-admin through a form on the About page. Access the design library by clicking on the Designs link at the top of the page. Click on the Services link if you might be interested in getting assistance with the design, modification, or construction of devices. We also have a few Tutorials meant to help those of us with biological backgrounds understand some technical subjects. Lastly, in the About section we acknowledge some of the work used to operate this web site.
For you--not a cent! The devices and techniques to be found on this site are freely downloadable. You may build any of these devices for your own use without having to pay the designer. If you need assistance -- whether it be with design modification, fabrication techniques, or because you don't have the facilities to build some or all of an instrument -- help is available, though it probably will not be free. If you require our paid assistance, we accept Visa and MasterCard as well as institutional POs.
You may have an idea for an instrument, or a modification to an existing device, stemming from some unmet experimental need. You don't need to know how to satisfy that need, so long as you can clearly describe it. There are Request/Comment sections throughout the Design hierarchy to request designs, or to constructively criticize existing designs. Your (login) name will get credit for this contribution.
For those with the necessary skills, we encourage you to contribute your own design(s) with new capabilities, lower cost, or easier fabrication, there are -- once again, spread throughout the design hierarchy -- facilities to upload fully realized designs. The license for any given design is up to you, its creator, but must allow researchers to build devices for their own use, in keeping with the freely-available nature of all the designs listed here.
If you have found a problem with a given design, please describe the difficulty in the associated comment section. Better yet, if you know how to fix the problem, or add some really useful feature, provide that information so that the designer may update the design files. We will all benefit!
Oh yes... you will find that this web site (designed and operated by technical folk) may not be the most esthetically pleasing site you've ever found. Hopefully this will improve over time; please forgive our stylistic lapses until then. If there are aspects that do not render well on your web browser -- please let us know, we are concerned with usability.
You cannot buy these devices pre-made from us - we do not stock already manufactured devices. However:
Commercial use or production of these designs may be restricted -- please check the licensing for the design being considered. You may share the design files with other researchers, though we encourage you to give them our web address so that they may download the files directly from us.
It is frequently a problem you have a device (or can get one) that almost meets your need... only to find that it fails in some small but crucial way. We may be able to modify the device so that it does what you need. See the Services section for more details.
We are not going to know much about you beyond your name and e-mail address. We aren't going to ask for any financial or personal information, so don't send us any. We aren't going to be spamming you, not even sending you unrequested ads about how wonderful our services are. There is information regarding our services on this web site, but you are not obligated to look at it. We will not sell or otherwise divulge any specific contact information with anyone else with the possible though highly unlikely exception of a law enforcement action. We do not keep track of who downloads what. If you upload designs, or make requests/comments on one or more of those sections, we'll have that; and if you leave contact information in any of these, others could use that to contact you. The login procedure provides a weak shield of e-mail addresses from the outside world, so we cannot offer any absolute guarantees of anonimity. It should block most spambots from harvesting email addresses from this web site.
There are two circumstances in which we might contact you: (1) you submit a design- the reviewer(s) may need some clarification or other changes prior to acceptance; and (2) if you download one or more designs- quite infrequently, our NIH/ORIP sponsors require proof that we are providing a useful service to the community. We might inquire whether your use of this service has benefitted you.
This web site is provided by the Bioengineering Services Core of the National Primate Research Center in Seattle, WA. We're part of the University of Washington, and are subsidized by the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs, part of the National Institutes of Health.
Thanks for your interest!