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Cathal
 cathalgarvey  Cork, Ireland
Hi, I'm Cathal!
I'm a full-time biohacker and a science and computer nerd from Cork, Ireland. I studied Genetics in UCC years back, and have been meandering through an interesting career path since then.

I spent some time pursuing a postgrad in Cancer Research, before switching track entirely and setting up my own synthetic biology lab in a spare bedroom. I have spent the time since working towards making advanced biotechnology into a thing someone can do as a hobby, or by necessity, at low cost and minimal effort.

Part of what started this journey was 3D printing. As I spent time working in a lab and exploring 3D design and manufacture at home, I came to realise that a lot of the cost of laboratory equipment was due to artificial scarcity and not merly because science is innately expensive (it can be, but not always). Electing for proof-by-synthesis, I designed and printed a rotor for a dremel which could be used as a high-speed microcentrifuge, a critical piece of biotechnology equipment.

After this, I started to see science in a whole different light. Even science protocols/methods are more complex than they need to be, and with an engineering mindset primed by design and iteration in 3D printing, and a newfound love for programming, I've since been assembling equipment, protocols and DNA to make things easier for biohackers everywhere.

I don't owe it all to 3D printing, but it certainly started me on an exciting journey that I'm still following.

I'm afraid during this time, I found less and less time to maintain my old printer, so you may note that my designs here are very old; 3D printing itself has fallen by the wayside as I focus more and more on designing DNA. However, I hope for that soon to change, and when it does you'll find my new designs hosted on my Gitorious account, if you like:
gitorious.org/~cathalgarvey

Meanwhile, all of my designs and images can safely be assumed CC-SA if they don't say otherwise; most say CC-BY-SA. If you'd like a high-quality print of some of my work, I host a shapeways shop where I sell some lab equipment that might otherwise cost a fortune, and biologically-inspired ornaments only possible through 3D printing:
shapeways.com/shops/labsfromfabs

Also, I tweet a lot:
@onetruecathal
Hi, I'm Cathal!
I'm a full-time biohacker and a science and computer nerd from Cork, Ireland. I studied Genetics in UCC years back, and have been meandering through an interesting career path since then.

I spent some time pursuing a postgrad in Cancer Research, before switching track entirely and setting up my own synthetic biology lab in a spare bedroom. I have spent the time since working towards making advanced biotechnology into a thing someone can do as a hobby, or by necessity, at low cost and minimal effort.

Part of what started this journey was 3D printing. As I spent time working in a lab and exploring 3D design and manufacture at home, I came to realise that a lot of the cost of laboratory equipment was due to artificial scarcity and not merly because science is innately expensive (it can be, but not always). Electing for proof-by-synthesis, I designed and printed a rotor for a dremel which could be used as a high-speed microcentrifuge, a critical piece of biotechnology equipment.

After this, I started to see science in a whole different light. Even science protocols/methods are more complex than they need to be, and with an engineering mindset primed by design and iteration in 3D printing, and a newfound love for programming, I've since been assembling equipment, protocols and DNA to make things easier for biohackers everywhere.

I don't owe it all to 3D printing, but it certainly started me on an exciting journey that I'm still following.

I'm afraid during this time, I found less and less time to maintain my old printer, so you may note that my designs here are very old; 3D printing itself has fallen by the wayside as I focus more and more on designing DNA. However, I hope for that soon to change, and when it does you'll find my new designs hosted on my Gitorious account, if you like:
gitorious.org/~cathalgarvey

Meanwhile, all of my designs and images can safely be assumed CC-SA if they don't say otherwise; most say CC-BY-SA. If you'd like a high-quality print of some of my work, I host a shapeways shop where I sell some lab equipment that might otherwise cost a fortune, and biologically-inspired ornaments only possible through 3D printing:
shapeways.com/shops/labsfromfabs

Also, I tweet a lot:
@onetruecathal
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Bacteriophage T4 by cathalgarvey Jan 25, 2012
Webcam Microscope Mount by cathalgarvey Aug 25, 2010
Replacement Tabs for Biometra PCR Machine by cathalgarvey Jul 28, 2010
DNA Sculpture (Parameterised) by cathalgarvey Jul 4, 2010

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HobbyGel - The Parameterised, Makerbot-Printable Gel Casting Kit by cathalgarvey Jan 28, 2010
Microlathe - The Parametric, Printable Lathe by cathalgarvey Jan 13, 2010

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RotaVac - A Rotary Vacuum Pump by cathalgarvey Jan 3, 2010
DremelFuge - A One-Piece Centrifuge for Rotary Tools by cathalgarvey Dec 23, 2009

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1.5ml Eppie, Parameterised by cathalgarvey Dec 23, 2009
Parametric Spoked Wheel by cathalgarvey Dec 16, 2009
Holistic Heaterbarrel MK1 by cathalgarvey Dec 13, 2009
Gilson Pippetteman P Beltclip with Tip Holes by cathalgarvey Oct 1, 2009
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