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Machine Shop

3/15/2021 UPDATE

The machine shop is open for business. For now there are still no walk-ins until the University goes to the appropriate stage. The Student Shop is open for a limited number of users. To make arrangements for usage of the student shop equipment send an email to

 Please read the Student Shop SOP before making an appointment.

Work Request Types

  • Estimate First (Estimate Requested):  Prompts the machine shop to provide the originator with a cost estimate of the requested work order before the job is approved.
  • Approve Estimate (Financial Approval Requested): Prompts the machine shop to provide the financial approver with a cost estimate of the requested work order before the job is approved.
  • Approve Request (Work Requested with no Estimate): Prompts the financial approver to approve without an estimate so that the machine shop can begin the work.

When submitting a work request, a drawing must be attached. Model files and pictures may also be included (optional).

Please allow a 30% variance for all estimates. We will contact you should complications arise that cause the estimate to go above this variance.

Work Request Form


The Physics Machine Shop provides many services for all departments on campus, including:

  • A library of materials and parts suppliers

  • Arranging for off-campus services such as plating and specialized machining services

  • Design help with laboratory and research apparatus and repair of existing equipment

  • Complete designs, from sketches to final assembly by mechanical means (welding, brazing or soldering)

  • CNC (computer numerically controlled) mill and lathe, as well as EDM (electro-discharge machining), programmable from a separate workstation, allowing the shop to machine shapes which are not possible with conventional machining methods.

The shop also maintains and supervises the Physics Student Shop, which is equipped with one 2-axis CNC mill, four manual mills and four manual lathes, drill presses, sheet metal shear, bender, roller, and numerous punches. Anyone wishing to use the student shop needs to complete a shop course (offered annually for 6 weeks starting in early April).

Student Shop Usage Form

Student Shop SOP 3/21

Hours of Operation:  Monday - Friday,    7:45am - 3:45pm

Machine Shop People

Rates as of Sept. 1, 2019:

  • Machine Shop: $110.00 per hour

  • Student Shop: $21.00 per hour

  • Shop Certification Course: $500.00 per student


For further information on the shop and the services we provide, please contact the Leader, Mehmet Solyali (, 650-723-2679