Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Vortex Revisited

The vortex revisited.

I improved the spinner of the vortex by using rubber instead of foam. In the upper picture you see all the parts necessary to finish the vortex. You need a blender, a nut and washer that fits on the spinning bar of the blender, a juice cap with a hole drilled through it off centre, the juice spout (the cap screws on this to close the spout)remove as much of the cardboard material around it as you can,and the rubber test tube cap from a florist (this is used for providing water for a single flower).

The juice cap is bolted down on the blender spinning bar. The rubber cap is positioned over the nut on the spinning bar. This gives us a place to put the test tube on when we vortex it. Now take the screw top spout and screw it into the cap. This holds the rubber cap in place and has a hole in it to allow the test tube to rest on the rubber. See second picture.

The cost of this vortex was absolutely free. It works very well. Now that I have it working I will clean it up and add it to my growing lab.


Johany said...

Hi Lawrence,

I have saved your blog to my favorites! It is great! Are you planning on doing any future posts on how you made your own MicroBio Lab, Homemade Parts Bins, Old Lightbulb Flasks, etc? You can post how you did it. You have such great material there for wonderful future posts! I would LOVE to know how you did it so I can duplicate it at home.

Please keep posting regularly. I am a fan! Thanks!

Lawrence said...

Thanks Johany, I do have some more ideas for some new lab hardware I am looking into. I hope to keep posting regularly.

Are you looking for how-to's of building this equipment?


KingJacob said...

Hello Lawrence,
I'm a huge fan of your blog.
I recently began work to start an amateur science magazine called The Citizen Science Quarterly and was wondering if you would be interested in putting something together for it.

If so my email is kingjacob at gmail(dot)com
-Thank You
Jacob SHiach