Stanford’s Cost-Effective 3D Printed Centrifuge Tests for Illnesses Such as Malaria

Published by , January 17, 2017 1:42 pm

(TCT) 3D printing may be at the heart of a new cost-effective method for lesser developed countries to test for illnesses such as malaria. Scientists from Stanford University have produced an extremely cheap and effective centrifuge made out of paper and string. But concerns over the durability of the paper and string devices means 3D-printed plastic could be used instead of paper.
During the Stanford University study, researchers created 3D-printed versions with a Formlabs Form 2 machine. These 3D-printed versions were rapidly produced and functioned similarly, though at a lower speed, to the paper and string devices. The scientists working on the study believe this has further opened opportunities to mass-manufacture millions of centrifuges using injection moulding techniques.

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