P13372: Squiggle Nano-Manipulator
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Planning & Execution

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Project Summary

The relative high cost and general inaccessibility of nanotechnology limits the ability for people to recognize the importance and benefits of nanoscale sciences. Of specific concern to our group is the high cost and inaccessibility of nanomanipulators. These nanomanipulators are extremely high precision positioning instruments that, when used with high magnification devices, has the ability to maneuver objects thousands of times smaller than what can be seen with the human eye to precise locations and orientations. Typical nanomanipulators can range from $10-50K which excludes many from acquiring them for research or educational purposes. Greater accessibility leads to greater interest and, ultimately, a better understanding and new breakthroughs in nanoscale sciences. The plan is to develop a low-cost, high precision, three-axis, Cartesian nanomanipulator using SQUIGGLE piezoelectric linear actuators. Our SQUIGGLE nanomanipulator should be able to at least match the abilities of nanomanipulators currently on the market at a fraction of the cost. The goal of this project is to provide a possible new product line or application for New Scale Technologies and will immediately impact nanobiotechnology research and educational activities at RIT’s Nano-Bio Interface Laboratory.

The two main objectives of this project are to (1) design and build a low cost, high precision manipulator using SQUIGGLE piezoelectric linear actuators and (2) demonstrate its capabilities and compare its performance to commercially available nanomanipulators.

The Executive Project Summary document can be found here.

Intellectual Property Considerations

All work to be completed by students in this track is expected to be released to the public domain. Students, Faculty, Staff, and other participants in the project will be expected to release rights to their designs, documents, drawings, etc., to the public domain, so that others may freely build upon the results and findings without constraint. Students, Faculty, and Staff associated with the project are encouraged to publish findings, data, and results openly.

Team Values & Norms

P13372's Team Values and Norms

Project Plans & Schedules

MSD I and II-- Project Master Schedule - This schedule will be updated frequently as the project continues.

Customer Needs & Specifications

Customer Needs & Specifications are shown below:
Customer Needs

Customer Needs

Customer Specifications

Customer Specifications

House of Quality is a diagram, resembling a house, used for defining the relationship between customer needs and the product's engineering specifications.

P13372 House of Quality

P13372 House of Quality

A Pareto chart is a type of chart that contains both bars and a line graph, where individual values are represented in descending order by bars (Customer Specifications), and the cumulative total is represented by the line.

P13372 Pareto Chart

P13372 Pareto Chart

These documents can be found here: P13372 Customer Needs, P13372 Customer Specifications, P13372 House of Quality

Meeting Minutes, Notes, & Actions

MSD I - Meeting Minutes

September 10, 2012 Meeting Notes

September 11, 2012 Meeting Notes

September 20, 2012 Meeting Notes with New Scales Technologies

MSD I Cumulative Meeting Notes

Notes & Brainstorming

September 10, 2012 Scribbles

MSD II -

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