The Drip Fellowships’ project is tasked with developing a microplate clamp and drip prevention system (MPC&DPS) for a local biotechnology company called Clickbio. The microplate clamp and drip prevention system will have to fit all of Clickbio’s SBS custom labware. ClickBio’s labware is used on many automated liquid handling workstations, such as local company Hamilton’s STAR. These instruments require consistent precision so the microplate clamp as well as the drip prevention system must be designed with a high degree of accuracy in mind. Certain chemicals handled by these machines can be sensitive to contamination or unsanitary conditions. Therefore, the development of a drip prevention system may be critical to maintaining these expensive instruments. In order for The Drip Fellowships’ design to properly function, research will be conducted on the appropriate materials that can withstand constant contact with abrasive chemicals. The collaboration with The Drip Fellowship and Clickbio will produce a microplate clamp and drip prevention system that will work with any standard SBS labware while negating accidental spillage. The drip prevention system will implement gears and springs for a fully mechanical system. There will be two overlapping plates, similar to a drawbridge, that close over the microplate when the liquid handling system is in transition. For the microplate clamp itself, The Drip Fellowship has designed a base with two clamps pushing the microplate into a corner zeropoint. This will minimize positional error by ensuring consistent positioning.
Proof of Concept
The target market for the microplate clamp and drip prevention system (MPC&DPS) are consumers of microplates and labware. While Clickbio primarily markets domestically, creation of said product would create a desire amongst customers due to the uniqueness and reliability of the products capabilities. The MPC&DPS is a specific targeted product designed to initiate a new line of available options to make automated microplate systems more accurate. The drip prevention system would prevent wasted: labor, time, money, and materials. By initiating the creation of a MPC&DPs, Clickbio will grow its line of products providing for more brand recognition and an increase in their product portfolio in the labware market. Competitors of Clickbio range from domestic companies, here in the USA, to international competition. On the global scale, the top five competitors in the Global Laboratory Information Management System Market consist of: Abbott Laboratories, LabVantage, LabWare, McKesson Corporation, and Thermo Fisher Scientific. The MPC&DPS will aid in Clickbio’s endeavor of international growth by extending their line of products offered.
Testing and Results
Meet the Team
Isaac Boone was born and raised in Sparks, Nevada and is a senior in mechanical engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno. Isaac currently has an internship at Hamilton Company in R&D and has had numerous design projects. One project was a drip prevention project very similar to Clickbio’s project. For this project, Isaac used a lot of similar design processes and analysis that are currently used in the capstone class. Isaac is on track to graduate in May of 2019 and plans to continue working at Hamilton while taking computer science and machining classes.
Roman Lawlor was born and raised in Reno, Nevada and is a Senior in the Mechanical engineering program at UNR. Roman hopes to make the Dean’s list in his final year at the University. Roman has aspirations to design sports equipment or construct hollywood movie sets. Roman has maintained above a 3.0 GPA throughout his academic career and achieved academic accomplishments of creating a functional hovercraft, soldering a multimeter, becoming a Solidworks certified associate, and conducting a K-12 learning project.
Kevin Porter was born and raised in Los Gatos, California and is currently a senior in mechanical engineering. His goals are to graduate and go into the automotive or aerospace industry for design or manufacturing. Kevin had an internship with a wireless communications company called 7layers over the summer where he developed skills in OTA testing for wireless devices.
Eric Simonsen was born and raised in Reno, Nevada and is in his senior year of mechanical engineering at UNR. He has had one internship during the summer of his junior year at a Taiwanese based medical manufacturing company called New Deantronics where he developed his technical skills. There he worked on the toughest project he has undertaken where he designed and tested attachments for cooperative robotic arms. Eric plans to graduate in May of 2019 and return to New Deantronics for employment.
Erik Whatley was born and raised in Grass Valley, California and is currently a senior on track to graduate in May of 2019. He has spent a majority of his educational career as an engineering tutor helping his fellow students achieve their goals. He has worked as a representative for multiple companies at events such as Grow with Google. He plans to continue to help all those in need during his journey into the future.