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96-well Thermal Blocks

These are blocks that each hold 96 individual biological samples, and due to the high thermal conductivity of aluminum, rapidly bring those samples to the temperature of water being run through the system.  It’s part of a robotic system I’m going to be working with at my job, which will ultimately be able to “print out” synthetic microorganisms overnight, all on its own.  These blocks will be in charge of incubating several reactions, and growing up the cells at the end of that process.

The trickiest part of this process was drilling 96 conical holes in each block.  I had to make a custom drill bit for that by shaping and hardening some tool steel, then use a CNC mill to locate the holes all accurately.  This is a job that absolutely could not have been done entirely manually, no way.  

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