Machine Shop

Contact Information

  • Location: 144 MRL
  • Hours: Monday - Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    1:00 p.m. -   4:30 p.m.
  • Phone:217.300.6338
  • Email Us

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
    plus cost of materials
  • Training
  • Student Access
    $5.00/15 minutes

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.)

The Physics Machine Shop has experience fabricating special equipment that is used in the areas of Ultra High Vacuum (UHV), High Temperature, High Pressure, Cryogenics, Laser Research, 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.

Physics machinist Jim Brownfield
Physics machinist Jim Brownfield
Physics machinist Darren Stayton
Physics machinist Darren Stayton
Physics machinist Byron Miller
Physics machinist Byron Miller