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Zach Smith, fellow NYCResistor and Founder of The RepRap Research Foundation decided that for Lazzzorbattle 2008, he wanted to do something cool. In QCAD, he mocked up a peristaltic pump and after about 5 versions, he had it working and the entire design is cut out of 12″ x 12″ x 1/4″ of acrylic! Peristaltic pumps are used to pump liquids that you don’t want touching any mechanical parts. By squishing a tube, the pump can keep the liquid sterile. These pumps are used in medical situations for pumping blood. You can go check it out the design on Thingiverse and make your own!

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. Lyle says:

    OK, we get it. You have neat toys to make whatever you want. This would be great if it were made by hand, for a third world hospital, to keep a sick child alive. But aside from that, you are playing with modern design tools, using high tech machines to create something that has been around for decades. At least try to improve the design, or lower costs. Come on guys! you have the tools and materials to do something way beyond “re-inventing the wheel.”

  2. Phillip Torrone says:

    @lyle – why the snark? i think it’s pretty clear that zach is experimenting with ideas as well as freely publishing them for others to learn.

    what would you suggest he makes? what and where your designs? what are you working on – those seem like fair questions in return…

  3. Lyle says:

    Ok, I guess I came off a little harsh. I don’t have access to CNC controlled Laser cutters, and I don’t have the money to build my own RepRap machine. I have 4 kids, (2 in college) and a mortgage. My tools consist of a belt sander and bench-top drill press from harbor freight. I make a few custom straight knives, do a few appliance repairs that push my equipment and a few hand tools to their limits. If I misunderstood who Zach is, if he is a rookie just learning about CNC’s and laser cutters, then I apologize. I was under the impression that Mr. Smith is an innovative, resourceful person who looks for new things to do, and new ways do them. I mean after all “ the Founder of The RepRap Research Foundation” should be “a little ahead of the curve” shouldn’t he?

  4. J says:

    Lyle Post 1 “to create something that has been around for decades”

    Lyle Post 2 “I make a few custom straight knives”

    Pot. Kettle. Black.

  5. Upton says:

    Lyle, you’re a douche.

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