Automated Western Blotting

Western Blots are a ubiquitous technique in biological and biochemical laboratories used to detect a specific protein in a sample using antibody binding. Running a western blot is one of the more mundane and time consuming tasks of a lab researcher. A new paper “Open source automated western blot processor” from Jorge Bravo-Martinez describes a […]

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A low cost microfabrication toolbox

If you are interested in working with microfluidics and are having difficulty getting started, check out a paper by Jérôme Charmet, Rui Rodrigues, Ender Yildirim, Pavan Challa, Benjamin Roberts, Robert Dallmann, and Yudan Whulanza. The paper describes cheap solutions to several chamber fabrication techniques including photolithography, micromilling, 3D printing, xurography (knife cutting) and screen-printing. The […]

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An open source pick-and-place machine for $500

Pick-and-place machines are used to quickly and precisely place electronic components onto printed circuit boards. The open source IndexPnP with software powered by OpenPnP is a new cheap DIY pick-and-place machine. Commercial options cost thousands to tens of thousands of dollars. There are several open source designs already out there, a portion of which are […]

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