Why do OpenPCR machines kick arse? You get to assemble them! For me, there is no better way to get an understanding of what features a PCR machine should or could have. And, should things ever go wrong, I won't be completely in the dark as to what part may be broken or misbehaving.
|The OpenPCR shipping box is like a present, but with more presents inside!|
It would be great to say that I put the OpenPCR machine together out of my own sheer awesomeness but actually it's got a very good assembly manual.
|Part 1: building the heated lid. Yes, that's laser cut wood.|
|Part 2: the core. Heating, cooling and the actual bit you put your PCR tubes in.|
|Part 3, the face (left) and Part 4, the body with thinkin' bits (right). More laser cut wood.|
One screw was missing in the face part of the assembly kit, so I recommend against using my OpenPCR machine as a structural shelter during an earthquake.
|Part 5: power supply. It's coming together! Pretty, pretty cables!|
Being serious though, a simple but important feature: a voltage switch so that the power supply knows what voltage to expect from the mains.( Those crazy Yanks and their 110V.)
|Part 6: It fits! It fits!! (Pause to poke bottom cable back into case). It fits!|
And there we are: all done! It all fits, the lid shuts, it turns on, and it appears to behave itself! A model laboratory citizen with more awesome steampunk aesthetic than all the rest of the gear put together.