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The ASE/EM Research Machine Shop provides full service prototype fabrication and repairs for all University of Texas at Austin students, faculty, and staff. Although the main focus is fabrication, the shop is also involved in design at all stages of a project. From consulting, engineering, reverse engineering, conceptual and CAD design, to full on prototype fabricating and/or small production manufacturing. From materials selection, modifications, to repairs on scientific instruments, we are a one stop shop. The main goal of the ASE/EM Research Machine Shop is the support and continuation of graduate research projects, big and small, university wide.

The machine shop is staffed by full-time machinists and is equipped with CNC, manual, grinding, sawing, and welding machines. Professional instrumentation is used to adequately measure, cut, and machine every part. The shop has extensive knowledge and experience in a wide range of materials. The ASE/EM Research Machine shop has an open door policy and welcomes your visit.


CPE 1.408 

The University of Texas at Austin 
McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering 
200 E. Dean Keeton St. Stop C0400 
Austin, TX 78712-1589 (Google Map)
Phone: 512-471-5494
Fax: 512-232-8031


Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


David Gray, Scientific Instrument Maker II

David Quinlan, Scientific Instrument Maker I


The ASE/EM Research Machine Shop is experienced in all metals and non-metals, plastics, composites, ceramics and other materials in the research environment. We work with any level of engineering background and mechanical drawing experience. The shop strives to provide high quality, most efficient, and cost effective machining. 

The machine shop offers a CNC Hurco Mill and two Lagun FTV Mills for all your milling needs. A CNC Clausing/Metosa Lathe and a Clausing Colchester 14” Lathe for a wide range of lathe work. The shop offers a Japax Wire EDM for any job requiring small inside corner radius, tight slots to as little as 0.012” width, cutting thin material without burrs or frayed edges, cutting difficult-to-machine material, and/or cutting any intricately precise two dimensional features. We also provide MIG, TIG, and Stick welding of a wide range of materials and silver soldering. We have vertical and horizontal sawing and grinding capabilities. The shop offers repair work involving machining and fabrication on any type of scientific instrumentation. 

The shop is not limited by the above service descriptions. As we have an open door policy, we welcome you to stop by the ASE/EM Research Machine Shop and discuss any project or repair you may have. If we cannot provide the service you need we would be glad to refer you to someone who can. 

Policy and Procedures

1. The shop’s hourly rate is $50.00/hr. with a half hour minimum charge.

2. All jobs will be scheduled on a first come first serve bases.

3. All job requests must be accompanied by an ASE/EM Research Machine Shop Work Order Form before work is started. All work order forms must be filled out with requestors name and contact information along with account number and account manager's or professor’s signature approving such charges before work can begin.

4. All work must be accompanied by a proper and legible mechanical drawing, preferably with all dimensions given in inches.

5. All material must be provided by requestor (student, professor, and/or staff.)