The do-it-yourself centrifuge

Nature Video discovers how a simple toy inspired the design of a high-speed centrifuge made of paper and string.

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A centrifuge is a vital piece of kit for hospitals and labs across the world. But what if you could make one out of paper and string? The so-called ‘paperfuge’ is the cheapest and fastest hand-spun centrifuge ever designed — and it can reach speeds of up to 125,000 revolutions per minute. Nature Video reveals how this invention will allow basic diagnostic tests in areas without laboratory resources or electricity.

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Bhamla, M. S. et al. Hand-powered ultralow-cost paper centrifuge. Nat. Biomed. Eng. 1, 0009 (2017).

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Chief Editor, Nature Biomedical Engineering, Nature Research