Low Cost Laboratory Equipment: Building your own centrifuge
Presented by: Synthetic Biology Club Brazil (Synbio Brazil) of the University of Sao Paulo Saturday April 1, 2017 from 2 - 5 p.m.
Artisan’s Asylum, Somerville MA
For laboratories and researchers it’s very difficult to afford good Lab
equipment because of expense.
Moreover, when equipment breaks, it can not be quickly or easily repaired without the vendor’s assistance. Thus, the main advantage of open hardware is the possibility of building a new technology in a cheaper and faster manner. Besides, as the source code and all the instructions to build the devices are available, it is also easier to update, maintain and repair it.
When thinking of the needs of research and educational laboratories, the centrifuge is certainly one of the most important equipments. Thus we propose the construction of a small centrifuge for bench work (with a Harry Potter inspired name and code). In order to be fully functional, our centrifuge includes some upgrades, such as the “spin” function, better RPM reading and setting, reduced acoustic reverberation, anti- vibration support, better interface and a personal touch - “Harry Potter” themed modifications! With this compact version of the centrifuge one can perform experiments like DNA extraction, PCRs (Polymerase Chain Reaction), Minipreps and much more!