Equipment & Software Information
Biological & Chemical
Analytical Balance (MS104S) by Mettler Toledo. Self-calibrating mass balances. Up to 7 significant figures. Capacity: 120 g. Minimum: 0.1 mg.
Bake oven (Isotemp 500) by Fisher Scientific. A bake oven for the drying of glassware or for the curing steps of chemical reactions. Can also be used as an incubator, though it is not the intended use.
See instructions on machine.
Biosafety Cabinet (SterilGard Advance III) by The Baker Company. For sterile culture of cells and tissues.
Manual (Start up and usage information are on pages 10-12)
Centra CL2 by Centra. A centrifuge with swinging-bucket rotor for the centrifugations of 15 mL and 50 mL centrifuge tubes. Four tube capacity. Speed Range: 1000-3175 RPM; Max RCF: 1750 x g; Max Capacity: 200 mL (4 x 50 mL).
Minicentrifuge (166-0603) by Bio-Rad. A minicentrifuge for the centrifugation of 1.5 - 2.0 µL samples. Has attachments for the centrifugation of PCR tubes as well. Fixed speed: 6000 RPM.
See notes on machine.
CO2 manifold (BIHL-4-2) by Western Innovator. A gas regulator for the Fisher Scientific 1325526 incubator ; this machine regulates the gas pressure from gas tanks in the main lab to create an atmosphere of specific composition in the incubator.
Electrophoresis Equipment (E-Gel)
E-Gel Precast Agarose Electrophoresis System by Introgen. Used for quickly visualizing DNA using blue light instead of UV. Precast agarose gels are available (0.8% 16 well & 1.2% 12 well).
Electrophoresis Equipment (Vertical)
Vertical electrophoresis equipment by Bio-Rad. Electrophoresis equipment for protein, including PowerPac power supplies, Mini-Protean 2/3 Gel-boxes and casting supplies.
Hot Plates with Stirrers
Hot plates with a magnetic stirrers by Corning. Can be used to heat liquids and solids, or to make solutions. Model PC-620 with analog controls, Model PC-420D with digital controls.
Mini-incubator (166-0501) by Bio-Rad. A compact 120V incubator for growing bacteria. Includes adjustable shelf, alcohol thermometer, and over-temperature protection. Capacity: eighty 6.5 cm culture plates. (Temperature Range: Room Temp to 60°C).
See notes on machine.
Microscopes (Inverted Light)
Inverted light microscope (Diaphot 300) by Nikon and (IMT-2) by Olympus. Can be used for the visualization of cells and other objects in the microscale visible spectrum. Imaging can be done with attached digital SLR camera on the Nikon microscope or using the SLR camera with the special adapter on the Olympus microscope.
PCR Thermocycler (MyCycler) by Bio-Rad. A PCR machine, used to carry out polymerase chain reaction. Can be programmed to accommodate different PCR protocols. Allows temperature
Refrigerator & Freezer
Refrigerator and Freezer (Isotemp) by Fisher Scientific. A refrigerator designed for the storage of biological samples and reagents. Refrigerator operates at 4 °C, while Freezer operates at -20 °C.
Orbital shaker incubators (MaxQ 4450) by Thermo Scientific. These incubators can be used for the culture of bacteria in liquid or solid media, during which agitation is required. Speed (Range: 15-500 RPM) and Temperature (Range: Room Temp.+ 5 °C - 80 °C) are user-controlled.
Spectrophotometer (SmartSpec Plus) by Bio-Rad. A versatile single-well spectrophotometer that can be used to take OD600 readings, Absorbance, UV, and many more. Absorbance λ Range: 200-800 nm.
Spectrophotometer (SpectroVis Plus) by Vernier. Spectrophotometers for the measurement of properties of emission wavelengths from various samples. Absorbance λ Range: 380-950 nm. Can also measure fluorescence at 405 nm or 500 nm. LoggerPro Software required (available on all Lab PCs).
See notes on machine.
Water baths (Isotemp 205) by Fisher Scientific. A water bath, used for the thawing of frozen substances, or for the regulation of temperature. The temperature range is from ambient to 60 °C with the cover open and ambient to 100 °C with the cover closed.
Analog Discovery 2
Analog Discovery 2 by Digilent (a National Instruments company) provides electronic benchtop functionality. The device has a 2-channel oscilloscope and 2-channel waveform generator. It has a programmable power supply of +/- 5 Volts. The device uses the Waveforms software to operate (available for both the Mac & Windows PC).
Arduino Uno & MKR WiFi 1010
Arduino Uno and the MKR WiFi 1010 are Arduino boards which uses the Arduinio development platform. The lab has units which can be borrowed. Starter Kits are available for classes. The Arduino software is available at all of the lab computers. Note that the MKR Wifi 1010 runs on 3.3 V and will likely need level shifting when interfacing with 5 V sensors and actuators. When using an Arduino in the lab you MUST connect to the PCs using a USB hub (example) to prevent damaging the computer. It is strongly encouraged that you do the same when using an Arduino using your own computer.
Level Shifting options in the Lab (From our Electronics Tutorial)
Biopac Data Acquisition System & Sensors
Biopac Data acquisition system (MP35) & Sensors by Biopac. The physical interface between the BIOPAC software and sensors. Four channels and an electrode check are included. All lab PCs have the BIOPAC software installed. A number of sensors are available.
DAQ Boards (myDAQ)
Data Acquisition, or DAQ Boards, (myDAQ) by National Instruments. Used for interface between PCs (using either LabView, Matlab, or other software) and hardware/circuitry. Analog Input: +/-10V with a sampling rate of 200kS/s. Digital I/O are 3.3V LVTTL and are tolerant to 5V inputs. Digital output is not compatible with 5 V CMOS. Contains a +/-15V & +5V power source. In conjunction with the NI ELVISmx Software (available for free on the NI website), the device can be used as a Digital Multimeter, Function Generator, Bode Analyzer, Oscilloscope, etc. On BE lab PCs, the ELVISmx software can be accessed through Start >> All Programs >> BE ugrad lab software >> NI ELVISmx for myDAQ >> NI ELVISmx Instruments.
Electrical Test Cables
The BE labs have a variety of electrical test cables available.
IR Power Meter
IR power meter (LS122) by Linshang. The device is used to measure the intensity of IR light
Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Fabrication Device (Voltera)
PCB fabrication device (V-One PCB Printer) by Voltera. This device can be used to quickly make double sided PCBs for surface mount and through hole components. The device can also be used to reflow PCBs and can be used for flexible PCBs.
Soldering Equipment (Hakko)
Soldering Iron (FX-951) by Hakko. A soldering iron; used to create permanent contacts between disparate electrical components. Fume extractors are available.
Battery powered drill (DC930 & DCD791D2) by DeWalt. If you have never used a power drill before, please contact the lab staff before using. Drill bits can be checked out from the lab office.
Orbital Sander (Circular)
Corded DeWalt Circular Sander. If you have never used a sander before, please contact the lab staff before using.
Rotary Drill (Corded)
Corded rotary drill (2305) by Wen, often incorrectly called a Dremel. If you have never used a rotary drill before, please contact the lab staff before using.
Instron Test Frame (Model 4444)
Uniaxial mechanical tester (Model 4444) by Instron. Different attachments provide for tensile testing and 3-point bending. Connected to computer equipped with Bluehill interface software. Older model. Two systems are available, one with a 2KN load cell and the other with a 500N load cell.
Instron Test Frame (Model 5544)
Uniaxial mechanical tester (Model 5544) by Instron. Different attachments provide for tensile testing and 3-point bending. Connected to computer equipped with Bluehill interface software. Newer model. Uses a 2KN load cell.
VLS 3.50 by Universal Laser Systems. Laser cutter for cutting sheets of materials. This device has a 50 W laser and bed size of 12" x 24". Users may only use materials provided by the lab (1/8" MDF and 1/8" & 1/4" acrylic). Access to the laser cutter is restricted to trained users (see training guide in Links below) and projects for Bioengineering classes which require laser cutting as defined by the Lab Director. Instructors should contact the Lab Staff to arrange use for their students. Please consult the lab staff to gain access to the laser cutter either for training or for general use. Training certifications last through May of each year. Users will need to retrain after each May.
Prusa 3D Printer
Prusa 3D printer (Prusa MINI+) by Prusa Research. Build volume: 18 x 18 x 18 cm. Layer height from 0.05 mm with 0.4 mm nozzle for 1.75 mm filament. Material available: PLA (variable colors) and flex filaments (special approve requests only). All printing will be done by Lab Staff and is restricted to projects for Bioengineering classes which require 3D printing, as predefined by the Lab Director. Instructors should contact the Lab Staff to arrange use for their students. See below for printing instructions.
Singer 4452 heavy-duty sewing machine.
Cricut Explore Air 2. Cuts 100+ materials (including cardstock, vinyl, & iron-on paper)
Treadmill (390Pi) by Pro-Form. Used for human physiological studies.
Software & Other
Biomedical Device Database with the Penn Libraries
Database of biomedical devices that can be checked out and kept.
Colony Count Matlab M-File
Bacteria colony counter program By Naveen Ponnappa, BE '12. A MATLAB m-file that assists with colony-counting on individual plates. Can be applied to numerous spot-counting situations. Instructions included in the m-file comments.
LoggerPro Software by Vernier. Software package for data analysis using Vernier tools. Bioengineering students can download the software by contacting the lab staff.
Maltab by MathWorks. Software & Programming tool for Engineering, Math & Science.
Photo Studio Box
Photo studio box (HPB-60D) by Havox for taking great pictures for your project. Alternatively known as a light box or camera box. Request from Lab Staff.
Projector (PT-RZ570) by Panasonic. A projector, linked to Station 12 in the main lab. Connections available for a separate laptop. Wireless and network connectivity available through Solstice Pod, which is available on all the Lab PCs. The projector is connected to a speaker system. Controls for the projector in lab can be found next to Station 12.
Free software tool for simulating molecular biology.
Computer Aided Design (CAD) software used in the lab. All lab PCs and SEAS PCs have the software. Step-by-step tutorials are available in the link below, as well as under the Help menu in the program itself. Student licenses are available (see below)
Wax color printer (ColorQube 8560 & 8570) by Xerox.