Instrument Machine Shop

The College of Arts and Sciences Instrument Machine Shop and its technicians have played a key role in nationally funded research and scientific study for more than five decades. With over 90 years of combined machining experience, we plan, design, fabricate and repair precision devices for use in a wide range of projects. Working to assist College of Arts and Sciences faculty and graduate students, our team of experts can build anything from optic adapters to a 35 foot recirculating flume.

Thomas, Kevin and Gary in the machine shop.

What We Do

We collaborate with faculty and graduate students to design and fabricate highly complex parts, devices, prototypes and equipment. Using software such as MasterCam and AutoDesk Fusion, we are capable of generating schematics and part files for our Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines.  

Projects made possible in our shop include but are not limited to:

  • Modifications of current or new lab setups
  • Lab equipment design and repair
  • Custom receptacles
  • Molds or Gel Trays
  • Flumes
  • Penetrometer
  • Warming Plates
  • Flow Cells 
  • Containment boxes
  • Displays
  • Chip holders


Chip Holder created for low temperature experiments performed in a cryostat by the Physics Department.

The Shop

Our capabilities are made possible by the machines and tools available to us, which include:

  • Haas TM1 CNC Mill
  • Haas TL2 CNC Lathe
  • Bridgeport Vertical Milling Machines
  • Mazak Horizontal Milling Machine
  • Multiple Precision Lathes
  • Vertical Band Saws
  • DoALL Horizontal Band Saw
  • Pneumatic Shear
  • Manual Sheet Metal Brake
  • Mig and Tig Welders
  • Belt Sanders
  • Complete Wood Shop
  • An exhaustive list of hand and power tools

Who We Are

The team:

Gary Nottingham.

Gary Nottingham
Instructional Support Technician

Kevin Cullinan.

Kevin Cullinan
Instructional Support Technician

Thomas Brachmann.

Thomas Brachmann
Instructional Support Associate

Contact Us

Work Requests

Work orders can be submitted in person or via email to any of us, but we would prefer face to face discussion of what you are looking for as we often have a lot of questions regarding what you are trying to accomplish. We try to maintain a "first in first out" priority method with regard to work being completed, so the sooner you contact us the better.

Download the CAS Instrument Machine Shop Work Order spreadsheet, print, complete and submit it to our team.


(716) 645-3904

Find Us

161 Fronczak Hall
On the opposite side of the breezeway from the elevators.

Sample of Completed Projects

Optical setup for a laser table for Spectroscopy study in Chemistry

Eruption caused by the injection of water into molten rock, with simultaneous hammer impact

Rheometer used to measure viscosity of molten materials

3-view drawing of a part used in an assembly for Geology research