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Machine Shop

The Chemistry and Biochemistry 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 and Biochemistry at the University of Arizona. The shop also performs work for other University departments.

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

  • Precision machining of metals, plastics, and ceramics
  • The design and construction of scientific instruments
  • Project consultation
  • Raw materials for do-it-yourself projects
  • Machine shop training and use of a student shop
  • Welding, High vacuum welding, brazing and soldering
  • A small inventory of assorted hardware

The Chemistry and Biochemistry 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.

The Student Machine Shop is available 24/7 to qualified Chemistry and Biochemistry 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 and Biochemistry students and researchers who have completed the Chemistry and Biochemistry 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.