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Cite as Citation reference for the source document. Dhwani K. Trivedi and Joshua M. Pearce. Open Source 3-D Printed Nutating Mixer. Applied Sciences, 2017, 7(9), 942; doi:10.3390/app7090942 open access
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Assembly instructions https://osf.io/bqysc/
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Hardware license CERN-OHL-S
Certifications Start OSHWA certification

As the open source development of additive manufacturing has led to low-cost desktop three-dimensional (3-D) printing, a number of scientists throughout the world have begun to share digital designs of free and open source scientific hardware. Open source scientific hardware enables custom experimentation, laboratory control, rapid upgrading, transparent maintenance, and lower costs in general. To aid in this trend, this study describes the development, design, assembly, and operation of a 3-D printable open source desktop nutating mixer, which provides a fixed 20° 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. View Full-Text

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Keywords mixing, nutating mixer; shaker; stirrer, open hardware, osat, 3-d printing, scientific hardware, open source hardware, chemical mixing, open source hardware, heat exchangers
SDG SDG09 Industry innovation and infrastructure
Authors Joshua M. Pearce
License CC-BY-SA-3.0
Organizations MTU, MOST
Language English (en)
Translations Portuguese
Related 1 subpages, 40 pages link here
Impact 927 page views
Created September 17, 2017 by Joshua M. Pearce
Modified February 28, 2024 by Felipe Schenone
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