UPDATE: We are now selling a $93 kit for making this electrophoresis system with platinum electrodes.
Almost all of the assembly steps described in this tutorial require solvent welding the custom laser cut acrylic parts together using Weld-On #4, a fast-setting, clear, thin liquid cement. Weld-on is applied to the edge with a syringe applicator and drawn into the contact surfaces by capillary action. It is actually an easy and quick procedure, however, be sure to practice welding two scrap pieces of acrylic together if this a new technique to you.
The total length of time to complete assembly is 2-3 hours. Once complete, you will have the following parts:
- A UV-transmissive gel tray for casting a 7 x 7 cm mini-gel and comb;
- An electrophoresis chamber with lid.
Step 1: Parts and tools
From any supplier of acrylic materials (McMaster-Carr, US Plastics etc):
12” x 12” x 1/4" clear acrylic
12" x 12" x 1/4" blue acrylic (or preferred color)
5" x 5" x 1/8" clear acrylic
6" x 6" x 1/16" teflon sheet , Cat # 8545K13
From Loop Acrylics:
1/8" solacryl (UV transmissive) - Optional : If you do not need a UV-transmissive gel tray then simply make these parts from regular clear acrylic.
Using the design files attached below, cut the parts from your material - the type of material to use is given in the title of the file. If you do not have access to a laser cutter, you can send the files to any laser cutting service (we use Pololu). These services will also carry most of the material you need with the exception of solacryl.You can also purchase a kit from our online store (IO Rodeo , Cat #IMG-01) for $93. The kit contains all of the laser cut parts and hardware, platinum wire (instead of stainless steel wire) and pre-assembled combs. You will still need to buy the Weld-On.
Hardware and tools
2-56 Hand Tap Taper, Cat # 2522A663
Tap Wrench Sliding T-Handle, 0-1/4" (1.6-6.3mm) Tap Size, Cat # 2546A22
2x 2-56 Nylon Pan Head Slotted Machine Screw, 3/16" Length, Cat # 93135A076
4x 2-56 Nylon Pan Head Slotted Machine Screw, 1/8" Length, Cat # 93135A074
Stainless steel wire, 0.01" diam. Cat # 9882K31
2x 6/32 Hex machine nuts Cat # 91841A007
2x Flat Washer, No. 6 Screw Size, 5/16"Cat # 92141A008
From TAP Plastics:
IPS weld-on cement #3 or 4, Cat # 10792
Hypo-type solvent cement applicator, Cat # 25658
2x Banana plug, Cat #655K-ND
Black banana plug cable, 36", Cat # 4771-36-0-ND
Red banana plug cable, 36", Cat # 4771-36-2-ND
4x Rubber feet , Cat # SJ5012-0-ND