College - Author 1
College of Engineering
Department - Author 1
Electrical Engineering Department
Degree Name - Author 1
BS in Electrical Engineering
Ben Hawkins, College of Engineering, Electrical Engineering Department
The purpose of creating a cell Incubator is for the development of cell and tissue production in laboratory settings. Large scale research projects and the medical community grow cells for various reasons, including experiments and creating tissue for patients. However, they cannot simply depend on growing cells in a petri dish that sit on a rack at room temperature. To grow heathy cells in the fastest way possible, they use cell incubators. Cell incubators create an atmosphere within the incubation bay that is designed to promote cell growth. The three main components that need to be constantly regulated, using a feedback process, are temperature, humidity, and pressure of carbon dioxide. For optimal cell growth, the incubation bay needs to create an environment with controllable and accurate temperature, humidity, and a C02 concentration.
Budget is a very large factor with any biomedical company or research university. Being able to purchase extremely expensive lab equipment oftentimes presents many obstacles. Most large and expensive incubators that can house a moderate amount of cell samples can exceed the price range of $5000 . In addition, the incubator is completely enclosed which often advantageous, but this means that there cannot be any extra measuring equipment placed into the incubator with it. However, this project creates a cell incubator that is for the smaller scale use. This would have a smaller incubating bay, but would, in turn, be cheaper to produce and have the capabilities powering an electronic microscope to observe the cells while in the incubation bay. Thus, the incubator would be more accessible to a larger audience that would not otherwise have access to a large-scale cell incubation. Also, the DIY-nature of the incubator allows for more flexibility with how the cells are incubated during the experiment.