Machine Shop

The Physics Machine Shop has provided design services, high precision and close tolerance machine work and specialty welding to the University System since 1966. Inquiries for services are welcomed.

Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.,
Shop rates for:
Internal customers – $66/hour
External customers -$78/hour

Rm. 35 Physics Bldg.
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

Tel. 573-882-4541
Fax. 573-882-4195

Examples of Major Equipment Items and Systems Designed and Fabricated

Double-bent silicon wafer monochromators
Purpose-built sample cells
Cryogenic applications
X-ray scattering
Neutron scattering
High pressure cells, to 0.6 megabar Pill pressure
High temperature cell for furnace application
Sample manipulator devices, 1–5 axes
– Neutron
– X-ray
– Thermal

Instrument Enclosures
Single crystal silicon neutron interferometers
– Neutron solar collimators
– Neutron oscillating radial collimators
Stretch film collimators
High vacuum systems, 10-6 range
– Liquid helium cryostats
– Liquid nitrogen cryostats
– High temperature furnace
UHV systems (10-10 range)
Stress/strain systems
Atomic force microscop


Design Consultation for Scientific Instruments
Complete AutoCAD Design Services
Electronic File service to other locations
Precision Drilling
– Micro-drilled holes to 0.008” (0.2 mm)
– Large hole spacing, to 35” from edge
– Mag-base drill for on-site work: Milling, Turning, Grinding, Sawing, Welding (T.I.G., M.I.G., Gas, Stick), EDM services, Diamond Abrasive Cutting and Grinding
– Ceramics
– Single Crystal (e.g., silicon)
– Accuracy to 1.25 microns on cutting operations
High- and Ultra-High Vacuum Service
– Part fabrication
– Part cleaning and degreasing
– Welding
– Helium mass spectrometer leak
check: 10-9 cc/s leak rate
Mechanical Services
– Equipment repair
– Preventative maintenance performed

Current and Past Customers
Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Christopher Bond Life Sciences Center, University Hospitals and Clinics, MURR, (all from UMC),  N.I.S.T, Washington, DC, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, Institut Laue-Langevin, Grenoble, FR, Others in Peru, Chile, Germany, Sweden, South Africa

Materials Worked and Machined
Steels, Stainless Steels, Aluminum, Alumina, Brass, Copper, Tungsten, Tantalum, Molybdenum, Plastics, Phenolics, Silicon