Background:

Accel Biotech developed an automated sample to answer qPCR prototype instrument. A belt driven 3- axis robot and pipetting system moved liquid to different zones on a disposable cartridge to perform DNA extraction and a PCR reaction.

 

My contribution:

 

I was the lead mechanical engineer from initial concept through development of a final instrument. I initiated the design and testing of the injection molded disposable cartridge, cartridge loading and interfacing to the instrument and an automated air displacement pipettor. I designed the system layout and generated cable drawings for all of the cables on the system. 

 

•CNC part design

•Sheet metal part design

•Component placement

•Wire routing/ cable management

•Cable drawings

•Part procurement

•BOM management

•Calibrating instrument software

•System Assembly

•Initial system verification testing

Automated qPCR Sample to Answer IVD Instrument