About the Shop:
The College of Engineering Machine Shop at the Univeristy of California, Santa Barbara is a full-service machine shop that provides machining, assembly, fabrication services, and design assistance in support of research projects and instructional laboratories on campus. The shop is equipped with conventional and CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) mills and lathes, EDMs (Electrical Discharge Machines), welding equipment, bandsaws, grinders, etc. See below for a more detailed list of the services offered.
In addition to machining services, the shop also is available for use by students, staff, and faculty from the College of Engineering during the hours that the shop is open. Anyone from the College of Engineering can use all of the conventional machines available in the shop to make projects for their labs, classes, etc. The shop staff is always available to help with any questions users may have. Projects that are NOT acceptable are personal projects such as fixing a bicycle, personal prototype, table/shelves/etc. for apartment or home, etc.
Passing the safety test is REQUIRED before ANYONE can use the shop; please read the Safety Handout thoroughly before attempting to take the test. Contact John Clark (email@example.com ) to make an appointment to take the test. If you have not used the shop in a while, then please review the 3 handouts listed below for ME12S to refresh your memory; this will be a great help for yourself and the shop staff.
Shoes that cover the ENTIRE foot are required to come into the shop. No Crocs, hiking sandal type shoes, ballet flats, flip flops, etc. If you can see skin or sock on the top or sides of your foot, the shoes are NOT acceptable.
The shop also offers an Introduction to Machine Shop class through the Mechanical Engineering Department. The class (ME 12S) is designed to introduce people to the machining process, such as reading blueprints, checking tolerances, and using the conventional machines to make their parts; currently, the class is making a compressed air motor. Please see below for more information.
Contact the Shop
Shop Location & Hours:
- The shop is located in the basement of the Arts building facing the lagoon
Campus Map [Arts Bldg (Bldg # 534), Room 0249]
- 8am - 5pm Monday - Friday (Closed on official University holidays)
- Professional machining and welding services: milling, turning, grinding, wire and sinker EDM, CNC, etc.
- Design assistance: consultation, CAD drawing
- Student machine shop for use by undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff in the College of Engineering
- Work area for Mechanical Engineering design projects (ME 153, ME 189, etc.)
- Hand and power tools (some can be loaned out if approved by shop staff - logout book must be filled out prior to the tools
leaving the shop)
- Stock material and fasteners are available on a recharge basis
Submitting a Job:
- Bring a detailed dimensioned drawing of the job to the shop (consultation services are available for design assistance).
The drawing can be done in CAD software, such as SolidWorks, or it can just be a simple sketch on paper.
- If you want to email us the drawing you made in SolidWorks, then please follow the procedure How to Save SolidWorks Files to Open in MasterCam to save it, so we can easily open it in MasterCam
- We guarantee the accuracy and quality of our work. However, if the drawing is not clear or wrong itself, then we cannot guarantee our work, and you will be charged for time it takes to fix or remake the part.
- Bring your 13-digit recharge number
- The shop staff will go over the sketch with you to be sure all requirements necessary for completing the job are covered
and quote an estimated cost and time frame for completion of the job upon request
- For safety reasons, we request that closed-toed shoes always be worn when visiting the shop
- Pick-up and delivery are available upon request
RATES (as of December 2008):
- Labor - $56.27/hour
- EDM - $36.42/hour (unmanned machine time)
- Stock/Fastners - At cost + tax & shipping
- NOTE: The rates listed above are effective for on-campus jobs only.
- Outside/off-campus rates:
*Labor & EDM - $84.41/hour
ME 12S is designed to introduce people to the machining process, such as reading blueprints, checking tolerances, and using conventional machines to make their parts; currently, the class is making a compressed air motor (below). This class is an excellent option and highly recommended to anyone who wishes to use the shop because it not only teaches you about basic machining priniciples, but also allows you to familiarize yourself with the machines and capabilities of the shop allowing for more ease and independence when working on individual university-related projects.
Students use conventional mills, lathes, band saws, drill presses, etc. to machine the various parts of the compressed air motor from stock material. All tools and material are provided to the students at no charge. The class is offered every quarter except for summer; it is broken up into 5 sections of no more than 8 students each. Each section meets once a week for a 3 hour period. Brief lectures are held before each class to go over the various machining techniques that will be used to make the motor.
The class is open to anyone (other undergrads (not ME), grad students, etc.) who wants to take it, but ME majors have first priority. We will only allow other people into the class if there is room, which there normally is. For those of you adding the class on GOLD or hoping to crash it, then please keep an eye out for the time and date of the MANDATORY REGISTRATION MEETING. The meetings are always held the first week of every quarter.
Andy Weinberg (Shop Supervisor)- Contact for recharge job request, recharge questions, or machine shop help. firstname.lastname@example.org
John Clark (Student Shop Supervisor)- Contact for ME12s, Student projects, or student CNC use. email@example.com
Phone: (805) 893-2136 or (805) 893-4090
Fax: (805) 893-8820
Fall shop free time:
Monday: All day
Tuesday: 8-9am and 12-2pm
Wednesday: All day
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