Pipettin' bot

by Open Lab Automata

Pipettin is the first generation of a liquid handling robot for laboratory automation, low-cost, and DIY.

The project is growing up to be the first OSHWA-compliant, commercially available, and fully open pipetting robot.

Our project is developed by OLA: an open and collaborative community of scientists, engineers, software developers, and graduate students. We are based in Buenos Aires, where Pipettin is manufactured locally by TECSCI.

The project is supported by the Gathering for Open Science Hardware, the Alfred P. Sloan foundation, and the FITBA innovation program from the state of Buenos Aires.

Freedom to automate.

OLA's Pipettin Bot V3

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Protocol designer web-app.

Licenced under GNU Affero GPL 3.0

Fully open-source hardware.

CERN-OHL-S 2.0 licenced, OSHWA compliant.

Thorough documentation.

Licenced under CC-BY-SA-NC 4.0

In progress

First generation micropipettes.

Robust design, using widely available parts.

Second generation tool-changing.

Derived from the awesome Jubilee project.

Second generation mechanics.

Light, simplified, versatile.

About Us 

We rally behind the name of Open Lab Automata, a lovely community of free technology enthusiasts, focused on automation of laboratory protocols.

This initiative stems from the Gathering for Open Science Hardware and reGOSH, its Southamerican chapter.

Victoria Pozzo Galdon and Agustin Ferreira are working on Pipettin Bot's mechanics and Sofía Dinoia is working on the project documentation.

Zeynep Elif Tarkan (Frontend Developer), Silvina Varela (FullStack Developer) and Lucas Fernández (Frontend Developer) are working on the graphical user interface (GUI) of the robot. Nicolas Mendez designed and built the first version of the robot from scratch and is the head leader of the project. 

Pedro Rozadas designed a Python API called Newt, for creating protocols and workspaces. Alejandro Metz is working on a photocolorimeter as a tool for the robot. 

Franco D'Alleva, Ignacio Bergara, and Malena Hidalgo are part of Pipettin Bot's electronics team. Nicolas Vega is part of the mechanics team, supporting manufacturing processes.


The Pipettin project was originally conceived, designed, and developed by Nicolás Méndez and Facundo Méndez (2020-2021).

The project has since grown to include many more people and ideas.

Find a full list of collaborators here.

The project now grows at TECSCI's workshop, within UNSAM's campus.