May 15, 2014 AT 12:00 am

Advanced Manufacturing Research Institute – Last Day to Apply! #3DThursday #3DPrinting

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Advanced Manufacturing Research Institute – Last Day to Apply!

Check out this Fellowship program to work on open-source bioprinting this summer with @jmil. AMRI Fellowship deadline is TODAY at midnight CT. Jordan writes: thanks so much to our sponsors Ultimachine, SeeMeCNC, Ultimaker, Misumi, and Adafruit!!

http://www.amrinstitute.org/

Updated eligibility: The program is now available for anyone who can legally work in the United States. This includes foreign student VISAs.

Note also that they added a 4th project:

Project 1: e-NABLE 3D Printed Prosthetic Devices

In collaboration with the worldwide e-NABLE group, and Gloria Gogola, M.D. at Shriners Hospital for Children, Fellows will aid in the design, 3D printing, testing, and refinement of open-source prosthetic hand and finger designs. This unique fellowship will bring 3D printing into the clinical setting, working closely with Dr. Gogola and her patients in need.

Project 2: Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)

Fellows will augment and refine the open SLS design pioneered by Andreas Bastian last year. SLS machines typically cost $50k or more, we built ours for under $15k. This year we will focus on powder manufacturing and powder handling, as well as characterization of SLS parts via scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and mechanical testing. Andreas’ 2013 AMRI Presentation is available here.

Project 3: OLED 3D Photolithography of Living Tissues

Related to Anderson Ta’s exciting digital light projection (DLP) photolithography last year, Fellows will investigate and program organic light emitting diode (OLED) screens as a light source for 3D photolithographic printing of living tissues. Chemical functionalization of glass surfaces will also be investigated to passivate the screen surface and aid in detachment and 3D printing from the light source surface. Andy’s 2013 AMRI Presentation is available here.

Project 4: Open Source Ink Jet Printing of Bacteria

A continuation of Steve Kelly’s inkshield augmentation of RepRap motherboards to print living bacteria, Fellows will investigate fluid mechanics, python scripting, and multicolor printing to create interacting bacterial colonies on top of and within agar gels. Fellows will also learn how to insert genes of interest into bacterial colonies for protein production. Steve’s 2013 AMRI Presentation is available here.

We are pleased to announce that the Advanced Manufacturing Research Institute (AMRI) will again be hosted by the Department of Bioengineering at Rice University for Summer 2014 Fellowships.

AMRI is dedicated to fostering collaboration between the open source Maker community, the DIY Bio community, and the scientific research communities. Fellows at AMRI use their familiarity with open source technology to develop tools used for forwarding scientific research. Mentors at AMRI use their background in scientific research to suggest strategies for overcoming engineering challenges encountered in development of open source technology. The goal is to use this collaboration to improve the general public’s accessibility to science and engineering as a whole.

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