Specializing in the manufacture of experimental research and prototype apparatuses, the Physics Instrument Shop is fully equipped to handle most machining, inspection, fabrication, and assembly tasks.
Our highly skilled Instrument Makers have extensive experience machining all conventional materials, exotic alloys, rare-earth metals, plastics, composites, and some ceramics.
Our shops have participated in several major collaborations and experiments around the globe, including:
- The Atlas experiment at CERN
- The Sloan Digital Sky Survey
- Mars Rover components for NASA
Instrument Shop Manager: Bob Scott, firstname.lastname@example.org, 206-685-4266, Office: B076
Equipped with the latest CAD/CAM software, the Physics Machine Shop can reverse engineer and design from sample parts or rudimentary instructions.
Using SolidWorks and Unigraphics, Instrument Makers often design devices from hand-drawn sketches and recommend the proper engineering and materials for the application.
The Physics Machine Shop is a full equipped machine shop complete with turning, milling, grinding, EDM, and honing capabilities.
- Wire and Die-Sinker EDM
- (Electro-Discharge Machining)
- CNC milling
- CNC turning
- Surface grinding
- Holes down to 0.002"
- Slots down to 0.005"
- Threads up to 120 pitch
- True 4-axis milling
- CNC lathe with live tooling
- 10-ton crane
- Milling capacity up to 82" x 33" x 29.5"
- Turning capacity up to21" swing x 60" long
- Surface grinding capacity up to 6" x 18"
Fabrication of ultra-high vacuum systems to large steel assemblies is easily accomplished by the Physics Machine Shop.
- Plasma cutting
- Box furnace
- Tube furnace
- Oil quenching
- Water quenching
Fine Detail Welding
- Edge welds to 0.003"
- Butt welds to 0.005"
In addition to general inspection equipment, the Physics Machine Shop has several precision measuring devices and surfaces.
- Optical Measuring Scope
- Helium Leak Detector
- Laboratory-grade granite surface plates
- Standard Gauge Blocks and measuring equipment
Optical Measuring Scope Specifications
Volume – 8" x 6" x 8"
Accuracy – 0.00015" / 8"
Magnification – 53x to 270x power
Helium Leak Detector
Accuracy – 1x10-9 std. cc/sec