Our goal is to provide world-class scientific equipment fabrication capabilities to support the research and teaching mission of the University.

The Division of Physical Sciences Machine Shop and Instrument Fabrication Facility is a well-equipped precision support fabrication facility. Our specialty is fabrication of complex one-of-a-kind research equipment. Our customer base is varied and often demanding, ranging from UCLA Physical Science Division students and faculty to National Laboratories and International Consortiums. We have been in operation since the early fifties and currently employ the most experienced, dedicated professionals in the fabrication field.

Years of experience as a custom manufacturer make us extremely familiar with products of a highly technical nature, involving very close tolerances. The shop has a large CNC (machining center) mill and lathe. There are a number of very high precision computer controlled Bridgeport types milling machines and we maintain complete welding capabilities. We also have all of the normal machines found in a well-equipped shop. With the ability to download machining instructions directly from most CAD design programs we are able to offer fast turn-around times on most projects.

The Division of Physical Sciences Machine Shop and Instrument Fabrication Facility has experience fabricating special equipment that is used in the areas of Ultra High Vacuum (UHV), High Temperature, High Pressure, Cryogenics, Laser Research, etc. Equipment we have manufactured is installed in campus labs and in National and International Laboratories and Observatories.

In addition, we offer design and support engineering, reverse engineering, suggestions for improvement and/or cost reduction, and production feasibility studies. The Shop also maintains and supervises a Student Machine Shop equipped with lathes, mills, drill presses, sheet metal equipment. Any graduate student wishing to use the Student Shop needs to complete a shop course.

We firmly believe that our success as a department is determined by the complete satisfaction of our customers. We will accept nothing less. We invite you to learn more about our facility by stopping by our shop located in Kinsey Hall Room 20.

 

What We Provide

Fabrication

The Division of Physical Sciences Machine Shop has extensive experience fabricating special equipment for UCLA researchers. We routinely design and build scientific apparatus used in research involving ultrahigh vacuum (UHV), high temperature, high pressure, cryogenics, and laser research. We have fabricated equipment installed in labs across campus and in National and International Laboratiries and observatories.

Design

We also offer design and support engineering, reverse engineering, suggestions for improvement and/or cost reduction, and production feasibility studies.

Student Shop

We also maintain and supervise a student machine shop and student instructional program. Students are properly trainned in the use of lathes, mills, drill presses, and sheet metal equipment. Following successful completion of the course, Students are free to use the shop to support their research.