The Machine Research Services group extends the research capabilities of the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering by helping design and create mechanical equipment to researchers’ specifications. Machinist Brad Parker has years of experience combined experience in designing and building mechanical equipment. They use their expertise and a wide array of machining equipment to fabricate specialized tools to facilitate a variety of research projects.
The shop’s equipment includes CNC mills, lathes, grinders, and saws, many of which are accurate to 0.001”. These machines allow the machinists to utilize numerous materials, including 316 stainless steel, aluminum, titanium, and plastics, such as polycarbonate, Teflon, and PEEK.
The shop can consult with researchers to improve designs, offering suggestions to reduce construction time and cost and to improve functionality.
There is no charge for the services provided by the Machine Research Services group, but research groups are responsible for the cost of the materials required for their projects. Projects are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Note that work will not begin until a work order containing a project number and the supervising faculty member’s signature is completed.