MAPLE-PRO Fly Handling Robot
A MODULAR AUTOMATED PLATFORM FOR LARGE-SCALE EXPERIMENTS - MAPLE-PRO
Just as liquid handling robots have revolutionized molecular biology, we believe automation is the key to learning even more from fruit flies, and we've designed a system to make it happen: MAPLE-PRO. This platform can carry out experiments as well as basic fly tasks, like collecting virgins.
Handle both anesthetized and awake flies.
Run unattended, with measures that detect collisions or other failures.
Perform a variety of tasks, such as:
Load flies into experimental apparatus.
Collect virgin flies.
"Flip" flies that are stored in FlyPlate 96 well plates.
Easily be extended, through Python scripts, to do whatever you want it to do!
The base price for MAPLE-PRO is $14,500 (request a quote below), and includes:
Gantry for rapid X/Y motion (250 mm/s)
3 independent Z axes:
Robotic aspirator for picking up and depositing flies
Digital camera (2 MP) for basic CV tasks
A suction cup small part manipulator
Pneumatic assembly for air and vacuum
Gridded workspace to easily locate modules
Built-in control PC
Python scripting API with extensive documentation
A 10” touchscreen interface, as well as a web-based GUI
The first version of MAPLE - a Modular Automated Platform for Large-scale Experiments - was designed and developed with the de Bivort Lab at Harvard University. You can read more about the system, its origins, and how we used it to learn about social interactions in Drosophila in our article in eLife.
We want to make sure MAPLE-PRO is a great fit for your lab, so we ask that you request a quote before purchasing: