I wonder if the shiny surface of acrylic would cause problematic or distracting reflections? My inclination would be to use (laser) plywood.
Harry and I discussed this idea at a recent "See the Biomakespace" tour and he mentioned he might be able to do the laser cutting, which would be fabulous!
Harry - would this still be OK?
Biomakespace needs a box cutting out of black acrylic to make a mini dark room for our transilluminator which is used to look at bands of DNA. The idea is to have a hole in the top to put a smartphone over and take a picture, something like this;
I made a basic design using MakerCase and Inkscape and put it on the Biomakespace Trello card with this task: https://trello.com/c/fIWxovAO/117-build-a-transilluminator-dark-box-for-main-lab
Would anyone be interested in thinking about a way to improve the design so there is a gap in the front of the box through which you could reach with hands to cut the gel? It would need to let in as little light as possible so would need to be covered. I have 3 mm black acrylic, flame retardant blackout fabric (as used in theatres) and 1 mm black rubber gasket available as materials but those aren't limiting.
Also, if anyone is using the laser cutter in the near future and would be interested to have a go at cutting and constructing one, that would be great! If no one is keen to try an improved design we can go with the original one which took me all of 5 min but will do the job (hopefully) for purely taking images of the DNA bands on the gel.
Is there not a Biology club on tonight? I tried the link on Meetup but I was the only one there?
Seems like a nice design, I’d be perfectly happy to put some time in over the coming weeks to get this done.
Would anyone like to come and give me a hand at Mill road Makespace?
This all sounds good, let me know which days you are in as it would be good to have someone around who knows more about how such a product would be used than I do.
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