Polyfuge is an open-source alternative to commercial microcentrifuges.
Made with an Arduino Nano, 2300kv brushless motor, and 12A electronic speed controller, Polyfuge provides effective centrifugation for a substantially lower cost.
Polyfuge provides an exceptional interdisciplinary learning experience for high school or college level students.
Through building a microcentrifuge for basic biological protocols, students learn about both engineering and biological/medical applications of centrifugation.
In addition to instructional documents on creating your own Polyfuge, we will be releasing free STEM education lesson plans highlighting the role of microcentrifuges in separating precipitates.
At the moment, we are working hard to fulfill rewards for our 100+ Kickstarter backers.
Once we finish shipping out our Polyfuge units, we plan on releasing the Polyfuge hardware and software documents online for free (estimated to be posted in May, 2018).
Eventually, we would like to expand to other research instruments. Currently, we have been looking into creating affordable micropipettes or NanoDrop Spectrophotometers.