Spinning toy inspires hand powered 3D printed centrifuge device that could assist in diagnosing malaria

Written by Sonia Mannan

Stanford University (CA, USA) researchers took inspiration from a spinning children’s toy to create a 3D printed device that could function as a centrifuge to separate blood samples in remote locations. Researchers at Stanford University (CA, USA) have created a 3D printed tool using inspiration from a whirligig, a spinning toy dating back to the Bronze Age. This tool could potentially assist in the diagnosis of malaria in remote areas where there is no access to standard laboratory equipment. Their findings were published in the journal Nature Biomedical Engineering. Typically a centrifuge is used to separate blood samples in order...

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