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Mechanical Workshops

The mechanical workshops provide a range of mechanical engineering services to the research groups and to the teaching and service areas of the laboratory.

We have a wide range of design and machining experience to cover most requests. The range of jobs undertaken can be small machining items to large complex design and manufacture projects. We can also offer advice on design, material selection and knowledge acquired from other groups across the laboratory.

Jobs may be submitted in person or by email primarily to

Peter Norman (pmn22 "at" 
Chris Summerfield (cws21 "at"

but also through any of the Technicians in the workshops. The jobs are then entered onto a job queue system and production plan. We would ask that you plan ahead and advise a realistic time of when you need the part/project. We do however offer a breakdown / urgent service but this should be kept to a minimum

The PHYSICS WORKSHOP is located in the Link building between the Bragg and Rutherford buildings, along with the Material stores.

Also included in the service we provide are training courses for students, for both manufacturing of parts and solid modelling software ( Autodesk Inventor ). More details of these courses can be obtained from the Physics Workshop and Student Workshop.

Upon completion of the workshop training, students can manufacture their more simple components in the STUDENT WORKSHOP under the guidance of Nigel Palfrey (nap22 "at" , located in the lower Mott building, rooms 300/301/387.

It is a requirement for students who wish to use the student workshop that they receive prior training for Health & Safety of using machine tools and to learn good engineering practices.

Physics Workshop

The facilities available in the Physics workshop include but not limited to :


  • CNC & Manual Mills (CNC Web DdocumentationPDF)
  • CNC & Manual Lathes
  • Grinding Machines
  • Sheet Metal facilities
  • Welding facilities
  • Forge & Furnace facilities
  • Polishing & Lapping
  • Paint spraying facilities
  • Bead Blasting