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Microtiter plate translation stage

Discussion in 'Other Builds' started by Helmut Strey, Aug 15, 2014.

  1. Helmut Strey

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    I am building a microtiter plate interface that consist of a x-y translation stage to automatically deliver liquids into the wells of a microtiter plate (96 wells). I have found a very nice x-y translation stage on the builds site (http://www.openbuilds.com/builds/x-y-table-openrail-v-slot-build-examples.62/). But in order to deliver the liquids I need to translate the microtiter plate to the right position and then move it up in z so that pipette that delivers the liquid reaches into the individual well.

    Can anyone suggest a good way to translate a platform upwards in z in a fast fashion? It should not take more than a fraction of a second to move up by 1 cm. I was thinking of building a spring loaded plate that is attached to rails and the movement is done by a motor that has a non-concentric wheel. I have seen designs with a screw drive but I suspect that they are too slow.

    Thanks in advance

    Helmut Strey
    www. streylab.com
     
  2. Rick 2.0

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    A simple solenoid should do the trick.

     
  3. Helmut Strey

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    Thanks, I will try that. I almost done with the build.
     

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