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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

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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]


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.


(517) 884-5540 or (517) 884-5541

Michigan State University
Dept. of Physics & Astronomy
Biomedical-Physical Sciences Bldg.
567 Wilson Rd., Room 1213
East Lansing, MI 48824



The Shop observes all
MSU Holidays

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.

Services Available

  • 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