Basement electronics lab now open!

Matthew Swabey Electronics, News

The basement electronics lab is now open in the BIDC. Please come on in, preliminary hours are: Mon 9am – 11:59am, 2:30pm – 5pm, Tues 9am – 5pm Wed 9am – 11:59am, 2pm – 5pm Thur 3pm – 5pm Fri 9am – 1pm, 1:30pm – 5pm

BIDC numbers to closeout 2017

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Students registered: 628 Major Breakdown by School (all schools >3%): 28% Mechanical Engineering 23% Aeronautics and Astronautics 10% Purdue Polytechnic Institute 9% Electrical and Computer Engineering 6% Civil Engineering 4% College of Science 4% Other   Projects: 202 started/completed   3D printing: 433 prints completed, 19kg of material used

BIDC 3D Print Support enables JTRP at Purdue Support of TSCO Drone Operations

Matthew Swabey 3D Printing, News, Student Project

BIDC training and 3D printers enabled JTRP Purdue drone experts Darcy Bullock and Ayman Habib to support the Tippecanoe Sheriff’s Office to maximize the use of their drones. By turning computer 3D models of accident scenes into real plastic 3D models the accident reconstructions can be used as evidence. – 3D printers at approx. 1:40 in.

First undergraduate five-axis CNC work at the BIDC!

Matthew Swabey Machining, News, Student Project

Watch the video at the BIDC youtube channel here: The 5-axis trunnion is a Haas TR160 inside one of our VF-4 CNCs. The piece will be the engine block for a working rotary engine designed and machined entirely by Purdue undergraduate students. They are Tyler Field, Jake Piekarski, Clark Tow, Jacob Carson and the class professor is Dr. Robert …

Facts and figures from the first few weeks of operation

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132 projects registered, 35 completed. 223 students have completed the safety training to date. Machining continues to be popular, particularly the Waterjet cutter and the mills and lathes. 3D Printing ( and lasercutting ( is another area where we are seeing a lot of projects!

We have soft-started!

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Please come on by between 9am to 5pm. To get registered to use the facility start here. Currently the BIDC103 – Manufacturing lab (wood, metal and plastic) and the BIDC229 – Prototyping lab (3D printing and laser cutter) are open.

The Bechtel Innovation Design Center has been dedicated!

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On Saturday the 23rd of September, 2017 the Bechtel Innovation Design Center was dedicated by University President, Mitch Daniels and the Deans of the Purdue Polytechnic Institute and the College of Engineering, Dean Gary Bertoline and Dean Mung Chiang. Inside Indiana Business Purdue University Newsroom Purdue Polytechnic Newsroom WLFI News Story