Department of Physics and Astronomy Machine Shop
"If you're not building original research equipment, you're not doing original research."
- Dr. Robert D. Spence
I asked him where he had it made, he said he made it himself, & when I asked him where he got his tools said he made them himself & laughing added if I had staid for other people to make my tools & things for me... I had never made any thing...
— Isaac Newton's recollection, the year before he died, of having made the first reflecting telescope; recorded by his niece's husband, John Conduitt, 31 August 1726
[Keynes MS 130.10, King's College, Cambridge, UK]
Inside the Shop
(517) 884-5540 or (517) 884-5541
Michigan State University
Both Sinking & Wire Electric Discharge Machining
Turning, Surfacing, and Threading Lathe Operations
CNC and Manual Milling
Vacuum Leak Checked TIG, MIG, and Gas Welding
Precision Surface Grinding
Consulting for the Manufacture of Both Common and Unique Scientific and Teaching Instruments
Our Shop Mission Statement
Our objective is to design, build, and maintain the highest quality research and teaching instruments, while always keeping finished cost to a minimum and safety to a maximum.
Our customers are the Faculty, Students and Staff of Michigan State University.
We are part of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
The Shop observes all
Plan to arrive before 4:30 pm with new projects, to allow you time to fill out your service work order and talk with our staff about the details of your project.