Mosquito prototype presented at the Bal du maire,
Montreal City Hall, on 27 Nov. 2012
Measuring the contraction of a small bundle of muscle cells
3D modeling Daniel Brastaviceanu
Exhaustive list of parts and suppliers (members only)
Installation procedures (coming soon...)Service (coming soon...)
More about the force transducer
Opto-electronics device used to interpret data produced by the force transducer. Physiological bath - chemical stimulation Temperature controlled bath to hold the biological sample within a physiological medium (liquid). Further, the bath is also equipped with channels for fast solution exchange. Physiological bath - electrical stimulation Temperature controlled bath to hold the biological sample within a physiological medium (liquid). Additionally, the bath is also equipped with channels for fast solution exchange, and graphite electrodes for electrical stimulation of the sample. Microscope adapter Custom-made microscope adapter to mount the physiological bath and other parts of the system for an inverted microscope. A multi-axis piezo-based actuators for sample manipulation The range is up to 100 microns. Electrodes stage A dual micropositioning stage for electrodes, which are used for electrical stimulation.
|Fiber grooving device||Device used to sensitize polymer optical fibers by grooving. works well with 1mm and 0.5mm diameter.|
|LED-optical fiber coupler||A 3D printed, highly customizable optomechanical adapter to couple LED to optical fiber.|
| DAQ card|| An open source data acquisition card based on Propeler microcontroller chip and using a Python UI. |
Open project page.
|Laser and LED driver|| Variable power laser and LED driver.|
Open project page
In the pipeline
|The Scientific Instrument System for Field Studies||This system is a version of the Scientific Instrument System suitable for field studies. It is a suitcase instrument and can be operated with a laptop computer.|
|The Educational System||This system is a lower grade version of the Scientific system for Field Studies. It is easily transportable into the classroom and used for demonstrations. Furthermore, it can also be used during lab classes. It can be operated from a laptop computer. The experiment can be imaged and projected on a wide screen, giving students direct real-time access to the observed phenomena. Moreover, it is suitable for demonstrations of muscle contraction at the cellular level and of other dynamic mechanical properties of tissues and cells.|
|Optical fiber coating|| Coating of the tip of optical fiber for back reflection works well on glass fibers and PMMA fibers, up to 1mm in diameter. Only silver is used. Perfect for prototyping! We coat one fiber at the time, and can control the back reflection with high precision. Follow development.|
Coating of the length of the fiber on a few cm length - this is still not an optimized process, but we can try it for you for free.
|silver coated 62.5 core glass fiber|
|Optical fiber micro assembly||Self-aligning tubular assemblies. Components are held together in a bio-compatible polymer tube. Parts can also be of a slightly different diameter.|
125 microns in diameter glass fiber held in place with a metal wire at a very precise distance
|Shaping of optical fiber tip|| Processing glass fiber to create a lens on its tip.|
|Experimental systems integration and automation|| We can provide help in integration and automation of experimental systems used in physiology and biology labs. See list of already offered services. |
Apart from our direct input, we can also share with you our generic and modular automation software (LabView) that integrates imaging, motion, dosing, and data acquisition devices. This platform was also extended for data characterization, data conditioning and analysis. See more details on IAC (the IAC network is part of SENSORICA).
|Electronics design and prototyping ||Please contact us if you need help for your projects in electronics.|
|3D modeling and prototyping||SENSORICA members have acquired experience in 3D modeling, using Solid Works and Sketup. They also have access to 3D printing equipment and CNC. We can assist you in designing and executing your prototypes.|
|Simulation and data analysis|| SENSORICA members have acquired
experience in Matlab modeling and simulation, and image processing using ImageJ.|