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Campus Research Machine Shop

The UC San Diego Campus Research Machine Shop provides design consultation and produces high-quality machined parts for faculty, students, staff and external customers.

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Skilled shop technicians work with campus researchers and external clients to design and fabricate specialized equipment that is not available on the market. MasterCam technology allows shop staff to use CAD programs that run computer-operated mills and lathes to produce completed parts.


In addition to design consultation and fabrication, the shop provides welding services and operates a fully stocked tool crib that sells materials and tools. Shop services include:

  • Blueprint design
  • Reverse engineering
  • Certified MIG & TIG welding – portable, micro and large scale
  • Machining and fabrication of super alloys and ceramics, including:
    • Tantalum
    • Cobalt
    • Monel
    • Moly
    • Hastelloy
  • Manual and CNC turning and 4-axis milling
  • Precision grinding
  • Wire-and-Sinker EDM
  • Heat treating
  • Sheet metal fabrication
  • Gas brazing
  • Waterjet cutting
  • Vacuum leak testing
  • On-site consultation and repairs
  • Centrifuge/Shaker repair

Request Service

Contact Luke A. Arnold, (858) 534-2910, 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekdays


The Campus Research Machine Shop is located in the basement of Urey Hall.