Beginning the design process, we first set our specs:
Move biological samples from a radiation free zone to the radiation hotspot
Be able to store multiple biological samples at a single time
Capability to expose different samples for different periods of time
Prevention of radiation effects on electronics/PLA plastic
Interface with existing Northwest Nuclear Consortium computer systems
Inspired by custom 3D printers and autonomous machines in industry, our approach meets all of the specs outlined above while maintaining flexibility. Critically, the reliance on 3D printed components ensures affordability despite the highly custom nature of the device. Furthermore, the "bird-cage" structure serves as a convenient target for our research into the effect of high intensity neutron radiation on PLA plastics. Finally, smooth and precise motion is driven by high strength stepper motors operating at low loads, transferring motion via lead screw and timing belt systems with limit feedback. Lined with deck appropriate lead seals, the toaster is designed with radiation protection in mind, while software safe-guards confirms deck seal prior to reactor operation.
In order to take our idea from design to reality, we used various manufacturing techniques...
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Team lead (& co-conspirator with Nick to get people to work much harder than they want to). Project management, finance, & hardware input.
Enjoys cooking Italian food 🇮🇹 and playing the cello 🎻, though spends most of his time watching movies instead 🍿.
Aspiring mechanical engineer and current student at Stanford.
Co-founder of team with Daniel and Software lead. Current lead project manager - responsible for all failings of the machine.
Enjoys the making & playing of video games. That is, in addition to all things babies find attractive: balloons 🎈, candy 🍭, snow ❄️, driving carelessly 💥...
Aspiring video game designer and Disneyland imagineer.
Hardware and design lead, manufacturing specialist.
Looking forward to the many hours of engineering puzzle-solving 🛴, video-gaming 🎮 , and of course, the cat-&-mouse of modern romance ❤️.
Aspiring extrovert and human of healthy life-style.
Designer and prototype specialist. Connoisseur of terrible jokes and official team driver.
Enjoys the sound of his English accent and the silent-nobility of craigslist diving . Beyond those character-defining traits, a lover of impractical and upsetting pranks 😢 and good food 🥘.
Aspiring college student and master of his destiny.
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Special thanks to:
The team of students at NWNL