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LabBot 3-D pipetting system
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LabBot pipetter $3500
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Raspberry Pi computer running the LabBot Robotic Schedular software
Stepper motor driven syringe pump driving 8 1ml syringes and 8 servo driven 4-way valves
Pressure compensation vessel
RAMPS electronics with Marlin Firmware
Stepper motor driven Z axis for moving pipette tips
Pipette tip wash station and pipette tip removal module
The LabAutoBox controller includes the 8 channel syringe pump, 8 servo driven 4-way valves, pipette wash station, 3 peristaltic pumps, pressure compensation vessel, wash/waste bottles, enclosure, control electronics and LabBot robotic scheduling software that runs on a Raspberry Pi computer. This tool is designed to convert CNC systems (like 3-D printers) into liquid handlers not just the LabBot. Note: this is a standard line item that comes with the LabBot pipetter system.
Pipette wash station
Wash station for decanting waste, washing and drying pipette tips. For some applications this tool makes it possible to recycle pipette tips. Note: this is a standard line item that comes with the LabBot pipetter system and is part of the LabAutoBox system.
8 channel syringe pump
While the LabBot pipetter system can be set up to work with a variety of syringe pump systems, we have developed an 8 channel stepper motor syringe pump that works with low cost disposable luer-lock 1ml syringes. Note: this is a standard line item that comes with the LabBot pipetter system and is part of the LabAutoBox system.
Servo driven 4-way valve
The servo valve enables the possibility of individually controlling the pipettes, there is a valve for every syringe/pipette and it goes into 4 positions (closed, bypass, input and output). Note: this is a standard line item that comes with the LabBot pipetter system and is part of the LabAutoBox system.
The pressure compensation vessel is used to control the liquid level inside the pipettes (so that the liquid doesn't draw up the tubing or leaks out). This bottle maintains the liquid level using an electrocaloric sensor (which has a heater and a heat sensor that measures the heat so when the probe is outside the liquid it gets hot enough to turn on one of the pumps to draw more water into the vessel until the probe is exposed to enough water to cool the probe. Note: this is a standard line item that comes with the LabBot pipetter system and is part of the LabAutoBox system.
Fluorescence tube/pipette imager
The imager was designed as part of the of the Taqman real-time PCR developmental program but they can be used for a variety of purposes. It is an internet of thing device that is controlled by a separate RaspberryPi, the camera lens can be programmatically focused. It can be adapted for different fluorescence detection schemes. Note: This is an extra line item that needs to be ordered separately.
This thermoblock was designed as part of the of the Taqman real-time PCR developmental program but they can be used for a variety of purposes. Note: This is an extra line item that needs to be ordered separately.
This are used for enabling piezoelectric dispensing applications which involve generating ~500pl drops. The drops can be precisely generated so high precision low volume liquid handling is possible using this technique. The droplets can be timed with flashing LEDs that makes it possible to do stroboscopic visualization. Note: This is an extra line item that needs to be ordered separately.
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Direct drive extruder
This is a direct drive extruder module that fits on the LabBot to convert it from a pipetting system to a standard fused filament fabrication type 3-D printer.
Z axis/heat bed
Moving Z axis and heat bed that can be used to convert a LabBot pipetter to a 3-D printer.
LabBot 3-D printer
The modular coreXY LabBot 3-D printer is set up to do fused filament fabrication. In the XY dimension it is around 35% larger then typical personal 3-D printers but it is designed to be adapted to extend the functionality (like from a FFF 3-D printer to a pipetter).
This is a coreXY positioning system that includes an 8 channel syringe pump and 8 servo driven 4-way valves. This pipetting tool can load, wash and eject multiple types of pipette tips. The bed is fixed but the pipettes move up and down using a stepper motor driven linear actuator. The LabAutoBox while included in the system is a separate box from the LabBot which includes the microfluidics and control electronics.