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Derek Dallas and Health Professions


Derek Dallas has partnered with Natural Sciences Professor Scott Siechen to design a new and improved system for working with fruit flies. This new anesthetizing system is modeled using 3d modeling tools and printed using the Makerbot Replicator 2 located in the Parkland Library.

This new design reduces all external components such as brass nozzle fittings, gaskets, nuts and bolts.  It also adds a new funnel feature that aids significantly in the safe return of the flies to their storage containers. The new device was designed, modeled and printed over the summer of 2015.  Ten units have been printed and are being used in the biology labs the first week of classes for fall 2015. The new designs are more efficient, use less materials, and have greater functionality.  They also save the college money, as they cost only a few dollars to print per unit versus a few hundreds dollars to purchase per unit in the past.

Dallas and Siechen have plans for more that projects like this for the future.  Moreover, this is just the beginning for what is possible utilizing 3d modeling and printing technology on Parkland's campus and the greater community.


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