The goal of this project was to build a cost-effective automated system that can handle the process of pouring agar into plates, but is also easily sterilized and operates with no supervision. This agar plate-pouring machine is intended to increase productivity in small-scale biology and research labs by pouring at least 120 plates per hour while keeping the agar sterile and preventing contamination. This was accomplished with a multi-valve system controlled by an Arduino board which could also fit inside of a fume hood.
Mechanical Engineering Design Project (MEMS 411)
Jones, Katelyn; Stensberg, Lydia; and Ansolabehere, Rebecca, "Plate Pouring Device I" (2015). Mechanical Engineering Design Project Class. 25.