Machine Shop

Professional Machine Shop

  • 3-axis CNC milling machine
  • 2-axis CNC milling machine
  • sheet metal equipment
  • TIG welding capabilities
  • all the normal machines found
    in a well-equipped shop

Student Machine Shop

  • 2-axis CNC milling machine
  • 2 manual milling machines
  • 3 lathes
  • student training available



Professional products

  • $60.00/hour plus cost of materials


  • $27.00/hour (effective Dec 26, 2023)

Student Access

  • $5.75/15 minutes (effective Dec 26, 2023)

The Physics Machine Shop focuses on making special one-of-a-kind research equipment to order

Exotic materials we have worked with include gold, silver, platinum, iridium, tantalum, titanium, magnesium, molybdenum, stainless steel, inconel and other nickel alloys, tool steels, machinable ceramics (such as Macor), tungsten, some ceramics, single crystal metal samples, composite materials (of various kinds), and plastics (such as Teflon, Delrin, Nylon, etc.)

To place a professional order, or sign up for student training with the Physics Machine Shop, contact the Department of Physics Business Office at 217.333.0573 to become a preauthorized PI. Then place your order and/or sign up for training online.

Contact Information

Eric Thorsland

Eric Thorsland
Research Lab Shop Supervisor
144 Seitz Materials Research Lab
(217) 333-9377

Location: 144 MRL

Hours: Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. -   4:30 p.m.


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