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Development Shop

The Ames Laboratory operates a complete machine shop. Our shop consists of the modern equipment needed to fabricate almost any conceivable device required for research project.  If you have a need or any questions about the fabrication of items to support your mission in research please contact us. 

Our machining equipment includes:

  • Lathes
  • CNC Bridgeport Mills
  • Shears
  • Press Brake (for bending)
  • EDM (Electronic Discharge Machining)
  • Grinders
  • Saws

We are capable of welding nearly any metal that is able to be welded, including carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum, nickel, and platinum. Our welder is certified by the American Welding Society (AWS). All welding is inspected by our AWS certified weld inspector. We also provide soldering.

If you have a need that is not mentioned, please bring your project to us. We may be able to help you find a solution or point you in the right direction.