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Machine Shop

The Chemistry Machine Shop is a full-service precision machine shop specializing in the design and construction of custom mechanical equipment for scientific research and teaching.

The Machine Shop is a research support component of the Department of Chemistry at The University of Arizona. The shop also performs work for other University departments.

Services and Design

The Machine Shop provides a variety of services and materials including:

The Chemistry Instrument Makers are skilled at helping researchers to develop ideas into complete designs and ultimately into working instruments. Depending on the needs of the client, the Instrument Makers can produce simple sketches, mechanical drawings or AutoCAD drawings. They routinely design simple parts or entire systems.

Student Services

The Student Machine Shop is available 24/7 to qualified Chemistry students and researchers. The Student Shop is equipped with a knee mill, lathe, band saw, drill press and pedestal grinder. Instruction and project consultation is available from the shop personnel.

Student Shop Certification

The Student Shop is available to Chemistry students and researchers who have completed the Chemistry Machine Shop Practices and Safety course. Course work includes twenty-four hours of formal class instruction and demonstrated machining proficiency on several projects. Classes are offered each summer. For more information contact:

Rates, Hours, and Contact Information:

Hours and Fees

$36.00 per hour

Monday thru Friday
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM


Supervisor and Instrument Maker
Lee Macomber, 621-2860,

Instrument Maker
Ed Autz, 621-2860,

Chemistry Machine Shop
Room 123, Old Chemistry Bldg.
(One Floor Below The Chemistry Department Main Office)
1306 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85721