Open Source Nutating Mixer

Open Source 3-D Printed Nutating Mixer

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GPLv3

A free software license that requires that all work based on this must also be free software as in freely remixable and sharable by anyone under the same license but may be used commercially.

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Description

3-D printable open source desktop nutating mixer, which provides a fixed 20Β° platform tilt angle for a gentle three-dimensional (gyrating) agitation of chemical or biological samples (e.g., DNA or blood samples) without foam formation. The custom components for the nutating mixer are designed using open source FreeCAD software to enable customization. All of the non-readily available components can be fabricated with a low-cost RepRap 3-D printer using an open source software tool chain from common thermoplastics. All of the designs are open sourced and can be configured to add more functionality to the equipment in the future. It is relatively easy to assemble and is accessible to both the science education of younger students as well as state-of-the-art research laboratories. Overall, the open source nutating mixer can be fabricated with US$37 in parts, which is 1/10th of the cost of proprietary nutating mixers with similar capabilities. The open source nature of the device allow it to be easily repaired or upgraded with digital files, as well as to accommodate custom sample sizes and mixing velocities with minimal additional costs.

Original designs by: Dhwani K. Trivedi

Full instructions for assembly: Dhwani K. Trivedi and Joshua M. Pearce. Open Source 3-D Printed Nutating Mixer. Applied Sciences, 2017, 7(9), 942; doi:10.3390/app7090942 https://www.academia.edu/34589801/OpenSource3-DPrintedNutating_Mixer

More open source scientific equipment at: http://www.appropedia.org/Open-source_Lab

Materials and methods

Full instructions for assembly and BOM at: Dhwani K. Trivedi and Joshua M. Pearce. Open Source 3-D Printed Nutating Mixer. Applied Sciences, 2017, 7(9), 942; doi:10.3390/app7090942 https://www.academia.edu/34589801/Open_Source_3-D_Printed_Nutating_Mixer

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D4f5babed338425237d53a75732b472e?default=blank&size=40Alexander added this to the Tools collection ago
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