Last updated: Haley Holcomb 9/13/22
|Thinky ARE-310 Mixer|
|Tool Type: PDMS|
|Location: mFL 3430|
|David Bothman||Brian Dincau|
|(805) 893-4125||(661) 917-7355|
|Description: PDMS tool|
The Thinky Mixer is one of the PDMS tools in the Microfluidics lab. This machine is used for mixing and de-aerating the elastomers that are used in fabrication of microfluidic devices. The mixing time and revolution speed of the device can be programmed using the machine’s controller interface.
Goggles, gloves, a lab coat, long pants, and close-toed shoes should be worn while operating this machine. Long hair should be tied back. Review Sylgard 184 resin SOP before handling.
The STD recipe works well for mixing Sylgard 184 resin. It should be programmed for 30 seconds of mixing at 2000 RPM and 30 seconds of defoaming at 2200 rpm. Please do not change this recipe.
Operation mode: If you would like to use different settings please use the STEP mode. Stepwise mode allows access to multiple steps of operation and enables the user to vary the revolution speed, while standard mode only allows for variation of mixing time within one step. You can switch between these modes using the MODE button. Each step of operation can have one or two sub-steps - mixing and, possibly, defoaming. The MIX and DEFOAM LEDs highlight the sub-step for which the time and revolution speed are being displayed.
Changing Operating Conditions: To change the time and revolution speed for your process,
Altering the Memory Slot: By default, the above operations change the settings of the program saved in the first memory slot, as displayed by the memory LED’s. There are up to 6 programs that can be saved on the machine. To use a different slot, press the MEMORY button