Fun with a $1300 3D printer – featuring @ryneches in my lab

Just a quick one here.  I am posting some links to videos and blog posts about efforts by a student in my lab – Russell Neches – to use 3D printing to help with carrying out high throughput studies of microbial diversity. Basically the idea is that we can use new very cheap 3D printer technologies to help with normalizing sample volumes by printing in essence micro titer dishes with variable well depth. For more on this see some of the links/videos/etc below:  

From Russell’s blog:

Some of Russell’s videos

Aggie TV news story about Russell’s work on this:

Author: Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

5 thoughts on “Fun with a $1300 3D printer – featuring @ryneches in my lab”

  1. With my current design and the current firmware, about 70 minutes.

    There are some shortcuts I can make in the design that will cut that down by about 50%, and there are pending updates for the firmware that should double or triple the print speed. So, I should be able to get a print finished in about 20 minutes, give or take.


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