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The experienced and capable staff of the Mechanical Instrument and Electronics Shops have extensive experience in fabricating and repairing instrumentation for research and education. All of the components are built to the design specifications set forth by researchers’ designs. Our mission is to produce quality instrumentation in support of ASU scientists and researchers.
Standard Priority to $32/hour
High Priority to $57/hour
NOTICE: All Design and design consultation will be charged for at the existing manufacturing rates. This will include consultation for new jobs and repair for non-functioning design submissions.
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The Mechanical Instrument Shop is a full-service precision machine shop specializing in the design, fabrication and repair of scientific, mechanical and teaching apparatus for the Arizona State University community.
The self-service shop is a fully-equipped machine shop open to all classified staff, faculty and students affiliated with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Anyone interested in using the student shop must complete the shop’s training course.
The Mechanical Instrument Shop provides a variety of services including:
Our instrument designers can help researchers take a conceptual idea and develop it into a working apparatus using the latest computer-aided design (CAD) software and fabricating equipment.Using the latest CAD/CAM software, our instrument designers can take a conceptual idea and develop it into a working apparatus. We can also reverse engineer from existing parts or rudimentary drawings.
James Makar, instrument shop supervisor
Any classified staff, faculty or student is eligible to use the self service shop once they have completed the training course. The course is a non-credit course. The student shop class teaches participants shop safety, working with sheet metal and fabricating parts using milling machines, lathes and other shop equipment. Through the class, the participants can gain an appreciation of the basics of mechanical design and the limitations of fabrication techniques. Classes are taught between the hours of 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. and can be tailored to fit the schedule of participants. The class is recommended for anyone who will be working with instrument design, construction, modification or repair.
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The Engineering Electronics Shop provides consulting, design, proto-typing, fabrication and repair services for faculty, students and staff.
Research Support Services Complex
Shop Hours: 7:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Monday-Friday
Office Hours: 8 a.m.-noon, 1-2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
The electronic shop performs duties through all stages of project development and repair using scientific knowledge, Instruments and technology.
Project Development is accomplished from the initial startup or concept through meetings with a client to discuss their project objectives.
After the objectives have been determined the fabrication process begins with the development of prototypes created by working in a cross-functional operation with colleagues and teams in other branches of engineering that are approved by the customer for implementation.
Electronic Instruments are used throughout the University for research and instructional purposes that require maintenance and repair. The types of instruments most commonly in need of repair are environmental equipment such as centrifuges, ovens, orbital shakers and incubators used in biological research and class instruction.
Other types of instruments included for repair but are not limited to are power supplies, multimeters, Oscilloscopes, function generators, dynamometers and three phase power distribution equipment used for the electrical engineering curriculum laboratory assignments.
The repair functions and operations are performed to discrete component board, subsystem and system level on custom and or modified equipment by professors for specific purposes.