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The Physics Machine Shop is a core facility in the College for Natural Sciences whose function is to fabricate instruments for research labs in Physics and CNS. Machinists in Physics are responsible for design and fabrication of items used for research and in the classroom. 

Machine Shop


Many of the instruments constructed in the Machine Shop are unique and could not be realistically obtained from other sources. Faculty and students work directly with instrument makers when projects are in progress. This interaction, especially with students, gives the students valuable knowledge about design, the techniques used to construct their instruments, and how to create usable drawings.

The Physics Machine Shop is staffed by the supervisor, Kenny Schneider and machinists. Because of their many years of combined experience and knowledge of machinery and materials used in this department, specialized research equipment and devices are always maintained and constructed very accurately and efficiently.

Our capabilities include the use of standard and specialized machine tools such as the lathe, vertical mill, drill presses, grinders, saws, metal shear, pan break, hydraulic press, computerized numerical control (CNC) mills, and hand measuring tools. We have the ability to construct many identical pieces, or a single piece, of great complexity. The Machine Shop can construct and weld ultra-high vacuum (10-10 ATM cc/Sec He) vessels from materials such as aluminum, stainless steel, Mu metal, and titanium. All weldments used in vacuum applications are leak-checked before being released to labs.

Machine Shop Location: PMA 3.206

 To request a Work Order:  Fill out the Physics’ Machine Shop Work Order Request Form.  If you need, any assistance with your order you will need to fill out a form and select the “Assistance Requested” button and a member of the Machine Shop will reach out to you.