Adam James

Adam James

Industrial Design & Technology BA

A Human Centred Micropipette

The micropipette is one of the most ubiquitous laboratory instruments. When used repetitively, for long periods of time, they have been shown to drastically increase the risk of musculoskeletal disorders. Despite this, the overall design of the micropipette has remained mostly the same since its invention in 1960, the form being dictated more by the layout of the internal mechanism than the needs of the operator. Through the application of human centred design methodologies, this redesign of the micropipette encourages a better posture during use, reducing the risk of injuries and increasing perceptions of comfort and satisfaction.