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Are there any packages that would make a simple lab apparatus easy to draw?

e.g. a spectrometer connected to a computer and has a wire before a light emitting tube, the wire also being connected to said spectrometer.

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Maybe you need some GUI software, like xfig, Inkscape, MS Visio, EDraw, etc. – Leo Liu May 15 '12 at 16:18
Dia (live.gnome.org/Dia) (similar to Visio but freeware) has lab equipment templates. And it can export pgf code. – R. Schumacher May 15 '12 at 16:38
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The following are PSTricks packages for drawing lab apparatus:

  • pst-labo to draw lab apparatus related to chemistry.

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  • pst-pulley to draw pulley.

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  • Various Physics diagrams and laboratory equipments that have not been bundled into packages. The site was very very cool! Unfortunately, its contents are written in French so we might have difficulties to understand even with the Google translator.

    Particle Deflector:

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Wow! Just wow!! – Shahbaz May 15 '12 at 16:12
Great info! Thank's!!! – Thanos Dec 30 '12 at 8:27
+1 for the 3D rotating pasta! :) (you can dig it up at the French website, among older posts) – Count Zero Jan 2 '13 at 9:55
Very good, thanks – Andres Sarmiento C Jan 4 '13 at 21:32

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