About the College

Instrument Shop

Mechanician operating a milling machine

The Instrument Shop builds, modifies, and repairs custom scientific instruments for the UA research community. The shop uses state-of-the-art machinery and maintains a broad inventory of materials, including stainless steel, aluminum, oxygen-free copper, brass, and other specialty metals and plastics.

Equipment

Precision milling, turning and drilling

  • CNC Haas VF5 Mill
  • CNC Super Mini Mill 2
  • Bridgeport mills
  • Drill presses
  • Tapping machine
  • CNC Haas TL3 turning lathe
  • Monarch lathes
  • Romi metric lathe

Sheet metal fabrication

  • Shears
  • Brakes
  • Roller
  • Sandblaster machine
  • Marvel horizontal saw

Software

  • CAD SolidWorks
  • Master CAM

Welding and brazing

  • Ultra-high vacuum
  • TIG
  • MIG
  • Oxygen-Acetylene

Other

  • H2O water jet
  • Woodcutting machines

Contact

For more information, contact David Key, Chief Mechanician, at (205) 348-3778 or dkey@ua.edu.