The Physics Machine Shop is a core facility in the College for Natural Sciences. Its main function is to fabricate instruments for research labs in the College. Most of the work supports research in the Physics Department, but all CNS departments are welcome to take advantage of the capabilities of this facility.

Machine Shop

 

Many of the instruments that are 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, Allan Schroeder, and nine full-time machinists. Each project that is submitted to the shop poses different problems that challenge the instrument makers. 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.

To schedule an appointment with Allan Schroeder, call 512-471-5256 or send an e-mail to: als@physics.utexas.edu.