•February 23, 2009 • Comments Off
3rd International Meeting on Developments in Materials, Processes and Applications of Emerging Technologies (MPA)
•February 23, 2009 • No Comments
I am pleased to announce to you the 3rd International Meeting on Developments in Materials, Processes and Applications of Emerging Technologies (MPA), which will be held in Manchester (UK) during 21-23 July 2009. More details on the event can be found from the website http://www.mpa-meeting.com
Topics of MPA-2009:
1. Tribology and Lubrication Science
2. Surface Technology (Coatings; Thick & Thin Films; Surface Fabrication, Modification & Characterisation)
3. Materials for Energy Applications
4. Biomaterials & Nanomedicine
5. Carbon Nanotubes
Plenary lecture – the plenary lecture will be given by Nobel Laureate Professor Sir H. W. Kroto (Florida State University, USA).
Invited talks – there will be a host of invited people from academia and industry.
Posters – there will be poster display sessions in between the technical talks. We are looking to give out prizes for the best poster presentations.
Oral contributions – people from academia and those from industry or those doing industrial work will be given the opportunity to give short 10-15 minute presentations on their most recent work.
Exhibition – companies will have the opportunity to exhibit during this event which will attract people from all over the world.
Interactive discussion forum – the conference will end with an interactive open discussion forum consisting of academics and industrialists all under one roof discussing issues relating to materials, processes and applications of nanotechnology.
Publications – papers presented during MPA-2009 will be considered for publication in special issues of the following journals:
• Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
• Journal of Nano Research (JNanoR)
• Surface Engineering
• Lubrication Science
You can submit your abstracts by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org
The abstract submission deadline is 30 March 2009.
I look forward to receiving your abstracts and hopefully seeing you during MPA-2009.
Dr Nasar Ali, MPA 2009 Chairman
Members of organizing committee:
A. N. K. Jadoon, BP (Co-Chairman)
S. Hutchins, Keronite Ltd, UK
S. Balakrishnan, Mercedes-Benz High Performance Engines, UK
A. Neville, University of Leeds, UK
D. Haynie, Artificial Cell Technologies, USA
V. Teixeira, University of Minho, Portugal
M. Chipara, University of Texas Pan American, USA
V. F. Neto, University of Aveiro, Portugal
A. Abdel Aal, CMRDI, Egypt
•February 26, 2009 • Comments Off
Photocatalytic Products and Technologies Conference – PPTC’09
University of Minho, Guimaraes, Portugal during May 11-13, 2009.
PPTC’09 is the first Portuguese conference on photocatalysis and it will be a milestone for all researchers who are interested in this area and its applications. We’ll meet in the wonderful city of Guimarães to resume in three days the major advances in this field, discuss the industrial applications, on-going investigation and also potential networking opportunities. Furthermore, this conference will coincide with a COST Action 540 »PHONASUM« PHOTOCATALYTIC TECHNOLOGIES AND NOVEL NANOSURFACES MATERIALS – CRITICAL ISSUES Management Committee meeting, therefore broadening the interest scope and networking possibilities.
Over the last few years there has been a growing interest in the field of semiconductor photo-chemistry regarding the development of self-cleaning materials. Particular nanocrystalline thin films and nanoparticles are capable of acting as photoactive and photocatalytic materials, due to their intrinsic ability of removing pollutants in the gas phase or dissolved in water. The photocatalyst material plays an important role in the dissociation and mineralization of organic impurities on a particular surface, such as on glass, ceramic, metal or a polymer. The vehicle for this photocatalisation is simply solar light. Understanding the fundamental process and enhancing the photocatalytic efficiency of known catalysts has become a major research focus, bearing in mind industrial applications as materials that possess anti-fogging, self-cleaning or antibacterial activities for general purpose surfaces.
Topics of the conference:
Fundamental Science of Photocatalysis
Treatments of Water, Air and Soil Including Solar Technologies
Visible Light Responsive Photocatalyts
Dye-sensitized Solar Cells
Synthesis of New Photocatalytic Materials
Photocatalytic antimicrobial Materials
Carlos José Tavares
Departamento de Física
Universidade do Minho
Campus de Azurém
Telephone: +351 253 510 474
Fax: +351 253 510 461
ENN Produces China’s First 5.7m2 Tandem Junction Solar Panels on Applied Materials SunFab Thin Film Line
•March 19, 2009 • Comments Off
SANTA CLARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ENN Solar Energy Co., Ltd. announced today that it has produced China’s first 5.7m2 high-efficiency, tandem junction thin film photovoltaic (PV) panels using a SunFab™ Thin Film Line, rated at 60 megawatts per year, supplied by Applied Materials, Inc. Working together at ENN’s leading-edge facility in Langfang, China, ENN and Applied achieved this milestone just five months after equipment installation. These ultra-large PV panels are nearly four times larger than conventional modules on the market and use Applied’s innovative tandem junction technology to deliver significantly higher conversion efficiencies at competitive costs.
“By combining the high efficiency of tandem junction technology with ultra-large 5.7m2 substrates, we’re able to deliver modules that dramatically reduce installed cost per watt,” said Dr. Rick Wan, General Manager of ENN Solar. “Our close association with Applied Materials has enabled ENN to build a winning platform, combining our next-generation solar technology with our world-class manufacturing capability.”
“We are committed to delivering the highest level of technology innovation and manufacturing excellence to our customers,” said Dr. Randhir Thakur, senior vice president and general manager of Applied Materials’ SunFab Thin Film Solar and Display Business Group. “ENN’s rapid ramp from equipment installation to producing tandem junction panels is an example of the unique capabilities that Applied delivers – unparalleled research and development, technology and manufacturing innovation, and global service and support for our customers.”
About ENN Solar Energy
ENN Solar Energy – a member of ENN Group – is a leader in the manufacturing of large-size thin film module products. The company produces and markets high performance silicon thin film modules of up to 5.7m2 per panel at low cost. Focusing on technology innovation and the environmental improvement, ENN Solar’s mission is to make clean renewable energy more affordable and available worldwide. Learn more at http://www.ennsolar.com.
About Applied Materials
Applied Materials, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMAT) is the global leader in Nanomanufacturing Technology™ solutions with a broad portfolio of innovative equipment, service and software products for the fabrication of semiconductor chips, flat panel displays, solar photovoltaic cells, flexible electronics and energy efficient glass. At Applied Materials, we apply Nanomanufacturing Technology to improve the way people live. Learn more at http://www.appliedmaterials.com.
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•April 15, 2009 • 1 Comment
Nanotechnology for Sustainable Economy
European and International Forum on Nanotechnology
2-5 June, 2009
Prague, Czech Republic
EuroNanoForum 2009 is the fourth conference of a set of international nanotechnology conferences organized within the framework of national Presidencies of the European Union. It will be a 4-day conference taking place from 2nd to 5th of June 2009, at the Prague Congress Centre, as an official event of the Czech Presidency, under the auspices of the Czech Ministry for Education Youth and Sports and with the support of the Industrial Technologies Programme of the European Commission. Focusing on “Nanotechnology for sustainable economy”, EuroNanoForum 2009 will address the contribution and challenges of nanotechnology research for a sustainable development of European industry and society, such as the need for reduction in carbon emissions and fossil fuels dependence, the substantial increase in energy demand, pollution control, clean water management and sustainable quality of life of the European citizen, as well as material production sustainability and efficiency. In this respect, nanotechnology presents many opportunities and challenges that have to be analyzed at international level through a safe, responsible and integrated approach, as first presented by the ENF2003 conference.
By addressing the state-of-the art of key application areas of nanotechnology research and development, the Forum will create a unique opportunity for researchers and industrial experts coming from diverse fields of science and technology to meet, discuss and co-operate, and to contribute to the definition of a European nanotechnology strategy after 2009.
In addition to the different sessions, the thematic workshops, and the poster exhibition with award attribution, an industrial exhibition will show the state-of-the-art of the implementation of nanotechnology into industrial products.
The EuroNanoForum 2009 conference will also be accompanied by an independent and unique set of outreaching and communication activities devoted to the general public.
A roadshow exhibition of the NanoTruck (www.nanotruck.de) on the theme “nanoTruck – High tech from the nano cosmos”, will demonstrate the potential applications of nanotechnologies and their socio-economic impact.
•April 15, 2009 • No Comments
European Research Connection Conference
“networking our way to a research future”
07.-08. May 2009
Come and join us!
Are you a scientist, full of new ideas?
Or an entrepreneur, looking for solutions or an investment opportunity?
Or perhaps a researcher, willing to take the international challenge?
Realise your dreams and get support for your projects. We want to meet you! Join us at the biggest European research event of the year: in Prague, from 7 to 8 May 2009, under the Czech Presidency of the European Union.
The budget of the European Commission for research and innovation is increasing every year and we can show you how to participate. You will get first-hand information about priorities, objectives and participation rules. In special sessions you will get concrete tips. We will be paying particular attention to promising ideas from the New Member States.
During two whole days, we will bring you into contact with experienced researchers from successful European projects, giving you the opportunity to meet reliable partners for your projects. In fact, the conference is full of opportunities!
Selected EU-funded projects will be exhibited. This will promote the networking and integration of research activities in Europe. A call for proposals targeting potential exhibitors has been published. Exhibitors will come at their own expenses.
The conference and exhibition will take place in Prague from 7 to 8 May 2009 under the Czech Presidency of the European Union. The participation fee will be €50 for the two days. One-day passes will be available for €30.
NanoteC is one of the longest running series of international nanoscale carbon conferences in Europe (since 1998). It brings together scientists working with nanoscale carbon materials: nanotubes, graphene, diamond- and fullerene-related nanostructures. While each of these materials attracts its own dedicated community of researchers, NanoteC draws on common themes and allows researchers to share insight into this unique element at the nanoscale. Elemental carbon shows remarkable variety in properties via simple covalent bonding, however other systems (for example containing nitrogen or metals) are becoming important and provide alternative components with unique mechanical and electronic properties. Nanotechnology requires an understanding of these materials on an atomic level and this will be the central theme. The NanoteC conferences are renowned for their relaxed and friendly atmosphere, with emphasis on discussion and participation. We endeavour to achieve as much student participation as possible, and we anticipate that the keynote talks will be strongly influential on the next generation of nanotechnology scientists. Contributed talks are also mainly attributed to young researchers. This year NanoteC09 will be in Brussels, Belgium, with 120 to 150 participants from around the world, 12 sessions (non-parallel) with about 10 keynote and 30 contributed talks, as well as a poster session, with posters available for discussion throughout the conference.
Timings and Social Programme
Early registration deadline:Wednesday 24th June
Conference:Wednesday August 26th – Saturday 29th 2009
- Round table debate: a general and open discussion will be held on themes such as carbon nanotube and nanocomposites production, nanocarbon characterisation, ethics and communication, etc. These are intended to give new people to the field a rapid introduction, and those more established to explore a topic in some detail together.
- The NanoteC Roadmaps: We plan to devise development roadmaps for different aspects of nanocarbon science and technology (for example nanotube production, sample standardisation)
- Breaking News Lectures: If presenting a poster, attendees may register for a “breaking news” slot; depending on demand there will be programme slots available for particularly new and exciting results.
- Student Participation: We’ve negotiated special cheap room rates for students. As always we try our best to encourage student participation at the conference, keeping the student fee as low as possible. A variety of student travel bursaries are available (see menu on the left)
- The conference will also incorporate a growth and synthesis session, as well as a microscopy session organised in cooperation with the Royal Microscopical Society. It will also include a science communication session, where the crucial issue of communication and public dialogue will be discussed.
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2009 Nanotechnology-Enabled Sensing Workshop
The NNI-sponsored Workshop on Nanotechnology-Enabled Sensing is part of a series sponsored by NNI participating Federal agencies. The workshop will be held May 5-7, 2009 at the Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. Leading experts will assess the nanotechnology research community’s long-term goals and key challenges in the area of sensing. Please note that advance registration is required.
NIH Nanoweek 2009
A series of nanotechnology events was held on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland from April 7-10, 2009. On Tuesday, April 7th, leading researchers introduced basic concepts and medical applications. Wednesday included presentations and lab demonstrations by NIH scientists, and on Thursday and Friday, a joint IEEE/NIH workshop was held on nanomedicine. For agendas and additional information, visit www.capconcorp.com/nanoweek2009
Big Things from a Tiny World
New nanotechnology brochure released. The world of nanotechnology can be difficult for a non-scientist to grasp, and few publications for general readers exist. Now, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), with assistance from scientists in the 25 agencies of the National Nanotechnology Initiative, has produced a brochure that is geared to a broad public:
Every week the NNI will be updating the latest nanotechnology and nanoscience-related funding opportunities drawn from announcements from agency websites, grants.gov, Commerce Business Daily and other government databases.
Check out the latest nanotechnology articles in this edition of the Nano Flyer.
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Please note: Below are institutions involved in nanotechnology research and/or information dissemination. Unfortunately, it is not possible for all institutions involved in nanotechnology to be listed on this page.
Nanotechnology Research and Education Centers
California Institute of Technology
Roukes Research Group
Central Michigan University
The National Dendrimer & Nanotechnology Center
Center for Electronic Transport in Molecular Nanostructures
Dept. of Energy, Office of Science
Nanoscale Science Research Centers
Georgia Institute of Technology
Nanoscience + Nanotechnology @ Georgia Tech
Nanoscale Systems and their Device Applications (NSEC)
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
National Center for Electron Microscopy
Materials and Process Simulation Center (MSC)
Applied Physics at Caltech
Nanotech Home Page
Ned Seeman’s Laboratory Homepage
Pioneer of DNA nanotechnology
North Carolina State University/U. North Carolina
North Carolina Center for Nanoscale Materials
Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing
Electronic Transport in Molecular Nanostructures (NSEC)
Institute for Nanotechnology (NSEC)
Center for Transportation Nanotechnology
Integrated Nanopatterning and Detection (NSEC)
Center for Nanofabrication and Molecular Self-Assembly
National Center for Learning & Teaching in Nanoscale Science & Engineering
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Penn State University
Industrial Opportunities from Nanotechnology Manufacturing Technologies
Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology
Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology
Nanoscience in Biological and Environmental Engineering (NSEC)
The Smalley Group
Professional Master’s Program in Nanoscale physics
San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC)
A National Laboratory for Computational Science
Stanford NanoFabrication Facility
State University of New York at Stony Brook
USB Buckyball homepage, Physics Department
Texas A&M University
Institute for Intelligent Bio-Nanomaterials & Structures for Aerospace
University of Albany (SUNY)
Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics
University of Arkansas, University of Oklahoma
Center for Semiconductor Physics in Nanostructures
University of California-Davis
Nanophases in the Environment, Agriculture, and Technology (NEAT)
University of California-Irvine
Integrated Nanosystems Research Facility
University of Florida
The Center for Structural Biology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology
University of Michigan
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University of Minnesota
Center for Nano-Energetics Research,
University of North Carolina
Center for Computer Integrated Systems for Microscopy and Manipulation
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Nanoscale Science Education Center
Nanoscale Science Research Group
North Carolina Center for Nanoscale Materials
University of Notre Dame
Center for Nanoscience and Technology
University of South Carolina
University of Southern California
The Laboratory for Molecular Robotics
University of Texas at Austin
Center for Nano and Molecular Science and Technology
University of Virginia
Center for Nanoscopic Materials Design
University of Washington
Center for Nanotechnology
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Center for Nanotechnology
Center for Self-Assembled Nanostructures and Devices
Washington University, Durint — Bioimetics
Nano Letters, American Chemical Society
Nanotechnology, the Institute of Physics
The Journal of Nanoparticle Research, Kluwer Academic Publishers
Virtual Journal of Nanoscience and Technology, edited by David Awschalom
Department of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara
Biomedical Microdevices (BioMEMS and Medical Nanotechnology), Kluwer Academic Publishers
American Chemical Society
Chemical & Engineering News, Nanofocus
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
American Vacuum Society
Nanometer scale S&T Division
Green Facts: Nanotechnologies
European Commission Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks
Delft University of Technology
Nanoforum (European Union)
Paul Scherrer Institute
Laboratory for Micro and Nanotechnology: Molecular Nanotechnology
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems
The Institut de Genie Atomique (IGA) of the Physics Department
Nanomechanics: Spectroscopy and Imaging
University of Birmingham, UK
The Nanoscale Physics Research Laboratory
University of Glasgow
Nanoelectronics research centre
University of Sussex,UK
Fullerene Group Homepage
University of Ulm and the TMR-Network, Denmark
The Tesla coil is one of Nikola Tesla’s most famous inventions. It is essentially a high-frequency air-core transformer. It takes the output from a 120vAC to several kilovolt transformer & driver circuit and steps it up to an extremely high voltage. Voltages can get to be well above 1,000,000 volts and are discharged in the form of electrical arcs. Tesla himself got arcs up to 100,000,000 volts, but I don’t think that has been duplicated by anybody else. Tesla coils are unique in the fact that they create extremely powerful electrical fields. Large coils have been known to wirelessly light up florescent lights up to 50 feet away, and because of the fact that it is an electric field that goes directly into the light and doesn’t use the electrodes, even burned-out florescent lights will glow.
Nanoporous membranes. Some of the most interesting applications for nanoporous membranes come from the ability of nanopores of certain sizes to let some substances pass and others not . . .
We present a procedure for high volume fabrication of nanopore membrane chips, combining low cost hot embossing for nanopore replication and conventional photolithography for manufacture of the membranes, alignment marks and break lines. The embossing masters are fabricated by electron beam lithography allowing customisation of the nanopore design. Nanopore membrane chips containing four membranes were fabricated and three of the membranes were structured with arrays of pores with three different diameters. Several different nanopore periods were tested. For pillar sizes in the embossing master of 460, 250 and 95 nm, optimization of the pattern transfer process resulted in nanopore sizes of 550, 330 and 140 nm. For the minimum periods employed for these three pore sizes of 1000, 500 and 300 nm, respectively, the membranes were found to be stable. This fabrication technology opens the way for high volume batch processing of nanostructured membranes, facilitating new avenues for research and technology.
Author Keywords: Hot embossing lithography; Nanoimprint lithography; Nanostructured membrane; Silicon micromachining
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||Simple Electric Generator – Video
1 min 16 sec
||Magnetic motor electric generator
1 min 24 sec
This is an AC electric generator which lights up a tiny incandescent light bulb. The generator is made from a hollow-ended cardboard box with a nail through the center. The box has many turns of fine copper wire wound around it, with four large magnets clamped around the nail. When the nail and magnets are spun fast by hand, the little light bulb lights up dimly.
I wrote this article because I found lots of projects for making a simple electric motor, but nobody gave the secret for making a generator. Well, here it is: use strong magnets, lots of fine wire, and a special light bulb which only needs 1/2 volt. Also, don’t bother making a “commutator,” just hook the wires directly to the bulb. It’s much simpler that way, but the generator will produce AC (alternating current).
Before you start, here are some notes: you must use a special light bulb. Normal flashlight bulbs will not work. Also, you must use the large, strong magnets shown in the parts list. Smaller magnets won’t work. The wire must be #30 gauge or smaller. Also, you can improve the generator if you buy lots of extra kits of wire and wind it on the cardboard, since the bulb will light up even when the generator spins slowly. Three kits of Radio Shack wire is expensive, it’s cheaper to order just one $1.50 solenoid, but you’ll, need vise-grips pliers to pry apart the steel frame and remove the spool of wire.
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HISTORY OF “ULTRA SIMPLE” GENERATOR
Around 1994 I was thinking about the ultra-simple electric motor which later became known on internet as the “Beakman Motor.” Wouldn’t it be cool if kids could also make an electric generator that simple? But it should be possible with parts from a Radio Shack store, since Radio Shack had the special light bulb as well as magnets and spools of electromagnet wire. After a few hours of experimenting I fould that I could just barely light up the 20 milliamps bulb by using a single spool of #30 wire from radio shack. But the wire had to be VERY close to a fast spinning magnet, and the magnet had to be composed of four powerful ceramic magnets in a stack.
Sponsoring and Exhibitions
Click here to Download further details for exhibitors / conference sponsors. The conference will host typically 100-120 delegates, all active researchers in the field of carbon based nanotechnology. This will provide an excellent opportunity to raise awareness amongst the research community of your products and expertise. Exhibition space will be available next to the area used for posters, which will be available for viewing throughout the conference. There will also be a timetabled poster session.The following facilities are available:
- Exhibition Space: 1000 Euros, including one free non-residential registration.
- Conference Supporters: Conference supporters will be acknowledged on the conference website and also via either inserts in delegate conference packs or space within the abstract booklet. Key sponsors will optionally also appear on the conference bags.
- Poster Prize: We would also be interested to hear from potential sponsors for the conference Poster prize.
Manufacturing and Services
The Manufacturing and Services (MAS) unit of the International Trade Administration (ITA) is dedicated to enhancing the global competitiveness of U.S. industry, expanding its market access, and increasing its exports. (more) (MAS Overview at a Glance)
Recent News in MAS
International Visitor Spending Hits All Time High: Travelers Pump $12.7 Billion into U.S. Economy
Washington (Nov. 6) – The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that 5.6 million international visitors traveled to the United States in August 2008, an increase of 6 percent over August 2007. International visitors spent a record $12.7 billion in August 2008, a 20 percent increase over August 2007. (more)
Gutierrez Announces Record Tourism in 2007
Washington (March 10)—In remarks to the National League of Cities, Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez announced that 2007 set an all time record for international tourism, with visitors pumping $122 billion into the U.S. economy from over 56 million international visitors supporting 8.5 million American jobs. “This is yet another record-breaking year for the US travel and tourism industry and another year in which it produced a healthy trade surplus,” Gutierrez said.
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Resource Unveiled for U.S. Clean Energy Companies Looking to Export to China and India.
How to Make an Inexpensive Vertical Wind Turbine – Part 1
Going with the Wind
Posted 07.06.2007 at 2:00 am
The slow-turning vertical-axis design is most efficient in gusts of 6 to 20 mph, so it’s ideal for relatively low-wind areas like western Michigan, where he lives. You can download plans at windstuffnow.com to build your own Lenz2. It’s not a quick weekend project, but once it’s up and running, paying the electric bill should be a breeze.
Build a Vertical Wind Turbine
Time: 3 Days
Easy | | | | |
- Construct the wings
Cut teardrop shapes from plywood, connect with four-foot rods, and cover with aluminum.
- Build the alternator
Glue magnets to two steel discs, tape copper-wire coils to a plywood disc (the “stator”), and slide all three discs over the shaft.
- Attach the parts
Clamp both ends of the shaft to the rectangular frame. Weld the wings’ arms to the bottom disc on the alternator, as well as to a steel disc at the top of the turbine.
- Mount the frame
Attach cables to the frame arms and stabilize with sandbags.
- Power the house
Wire the alternator to a rectifier, a device that converts the power from AC to DC, and connect it to the batteries. It takes four to six hours for Lenz’s turbine to fully charge his bank of eight batteries.
Another Build: The $30 Open-Source Turbine Go to velacreations.com to find instructions for off-grid DIY’er Abe Connally’s Chispito wind generator, a horizontal-axis-turbine design that more than 200 builders have built and helped perfect. Made entirely of salvaged parts, such as a treadmill motor and recycled sewer pipe, the Chispito can generate 100 watts in a 35mph wind. And if you’re able to find all the supplies, you can build it for less than 30 bucks.
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