Open Source Completely 3-D Printable Centrifuge

These are the STLs to make an Open Source Completely 3-D Printable Centrifuge - the project includes a means to monitor the system in real time with a web cam to determine rpm and relative centrifugal force.



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This design was from previous versions from Salil S. Sule.


Build instructions, videos, and software to use are available in the paper: Salil S. Sule, Aliaksei L. Petsiuk and Joshua M. Pearce. Open Source Completely 3-D Printable Centrifuge. Instruments 2019, 3(2), 30; open access

Abstract: Although there are commercial and open source centrifuges, the costs of the former and the required electricity to operate the latter limit accessibility in resource-constrained settings. There is a need for low-cost, human-powered, verified, and reliable lab-scale centrifuges. This study provides the designs for a low-cost 100% 3-D printed centrifuge, which can be fabricated on any low-cost RepRap-class (self-replicating rapid prototyper) fused filament fabrication (FFF)- or fused particle fabrication (FPF)-based 3-D printer. In addition, validation procedures are provided using a web camera and free and open source software. This paper provides the complete open source plans, including instructions for the fabrication and operation of a hand-powered centrifuge. This study successfully tested and validated the instrument, which can be operated anywhere in the world with no electricity inputs, obtaining a radial velocity of over 1750 rpm and over 50 N of relative centrifugal force. Using commercial filament, the instrument costs about U.S. $25, which is less than half of all commercially available systems. However, the costs can be dropped further using recycled plastics on open source systems for over 99% savings. The results are discussed in the context of resource-constrained medical and scientific facilities.

Based on design by Salil S. Sule.

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Mini jmpJoshua Pearce commented ago

A few people were having trouble printing part A and B. If you are please try A and B fixed stls that load error free and slice in Cura.

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