The Instrument Machine Shop at Washington University School of Medicine is a fully equipped shop and fabrication facility. It provides complete services in the design, fabrication and repair of parts, instruments and equipment.

The shop serves all Washington University departments as well as off-campus customers not affiliated with the university.

Core Description

The Instrument Machine Shop at Washington University School of Medicine is a fully equipped shop and fabrication facility. It provides complete services in the design, fabrication and repair of parts, instruments and equipment. The shop serves all Washington University departments as well as off-campus customers not affiliated with the university. The shop is staffed by skilled, experienced machinists who offer their expertise to repair or modify customer’s existing equipment, or design and fabricate an original device to meet individual needs. The machinists can work from customer’s verbal descriptions, sketches or formal blueprints. The shop’s work ranges from fabrication of small precision metal and plastic parts to design and fabrication of a wide variety of scientific instruments.

Equipped to handle nearly any material, this 4500-square-foot facility maintains a large inventory of metal and plastic stock, fasteners, tooling, and mechanical and electrical components to expedite completion of customer orders. For customer convenience, pickup and delivery services are available. Work is performed to the customer’s specifications at a competitive price. Customers are charged a quoted amount or billed for time and materials. The Instrument Machine Shop is located on the southwest corner of Scott and Taylor avenues on the Washington University School of Medicine campus.

Customized services

  • Design fabrication or repair
  • Pickup and delivery
  • Competitive prices
  • Fast turnaround when necessary

Access

Service available to All entities, including for-profit organizations.

Priority service for No distinctions.

Services

  • Precision milling, turning, drilling, honing, flat grinding
  • Abrasive blasting
  • Modern welding facility with equipment for tungsten inert gas, metal inert gas and spot welding, in addition to a pantograph-controlled plasma torch for dimension-controlled cutting of metal parts
  • Precision water-jet material cutting available
  • Complete sheet-metal fabrication
  • Precision plastic fabrication, including heat forming, casting, polishing and welding
  • CAD/CAM software capabilities including drawing of parts, importing of files from Solid Works, Auto Cad, Inventor, Solid Edge, Para Solid, Iges, Alpha 1 and Power Shape file formats, and the ability to generate G code to run CNC machines

Equipment

  • CNC Vertical Mill
  • CNC Lathe
  • Manual vertical mill
  • Manual lathes
  • Vertical band saw
  • Horizontal band saw
  • Metal sheer
  • Sheet metal break
  • Notcher
  • Foot punch
  • Hand punch
  • Arbor press
  • Hydraulic press
  • Abrasive cut off saw
  • Table Saw
  • Drill press
  • Mig welder
  • Tig welder
  • pantograph-controlled plasma torch
  • Spot welder
  • Pipe bender
  • Plastic welder
  • Surface grinder
  • Pedestal grinder
  • Belt sanders
  • Honing machine
  • Abrasive blast cabinet
  • Heat treat oven
  • Water jet
  • Note: The core equipment is use only by core personal and is listed only to illustrate the Instrument Machine Shop core capabilities.

Pricing

Pricing is subject to core verification

Work is performed to the customer’s specifications at a competitive price. Customers are charged a quoted amount or billed for time and materials.