DIYbio:Notebook/Open Gel Box 2.0/Materials and Costs
Acrylic - $20
- Free at public lab in Boston
- Monel wire - $0.10 (http://www.shopwiki.com/detail/d=20Lb_14%22_Monel_Wire_(30pc_per_tube)/jumpToFirst=t/)
- Platinum electrodes - $10
- ($100 worth to make 10-15 boxes) http://www.a-msystems.com/electronics/wire/platinum.aspx
- Silver or nickel?
- Copper turns gels blue
Cap/plug connectors for supersafe lid- $5?
Plugs: Banana -> thread (to penetrate acrylic into gel chamber)http://www.newark.com/johnson-emerson/108-0750-001/banana-jack/dp/39F888 Cost ~1.25 ea @ 2 per box = $2.50
Power supply cables/leads (Plug to socket)= $12.00 ea.
Glue - $1?
Power supply - $150?
Light filter system
Tiffen Glass 4"x4" - $125
- Colored acrylic?
Built-in excitation light
In Box Casting
Cutting Gasket Groove
Groove Cutting in 1/4" Acrylic, Image under Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0 License
Time and Labor
Time to cut ~15 acrylic parts: 1 hr Time to cut specialty parts (tray groove Time to sand/drill/glue together parts: 2 hrs Time to solder leads: 30 min