The Bronfman Science Shop is a resource for all faculty and students. We support faculty research projects, classroom demonstrations and independent studies by designing, fabricating, modifying or repairing individual parts or complete systems. The capabilities of the shop include machining and fabrication with metals and plastics, laser cutting and engraving, CNC milling, 3D printing, woodworking, welding and electronics fabrication. Students may use Science Shop facilities for approved independent study, and on a space-available basis for individual projects.
There are a limited number of work-study opportunities for students.
For more information contact:
Michael Taylor – Design Engineer (Michael.Taylor@williams.edu, x2230)
Jason Mativi – Electro-Mechanical Technician (Jason.W.Mativi@williams.edu, x2205)
For more information on the electronics shop, check out this link.
The Haas Super Mini Mill 2 CNC milling machine is capable of machining most plastics and metals with tolerances well within 0.001". Includes a 10 position tool changer, 10,000 RPM 15 HP spindle motor, liquid cooling, and a 20" x 16" x 14" machining space. This unit is also equipped with the Renishaw Wireless Probing System for setting tool and work offsets.
The Victor 20” x 80” lathe is capable of both large scale and precision machining. With attention tolerances of +/- 0.001 can be achieved.
Equipped with a 50 watt CO2 laser, the cutter and engraver will process many types of plastics and textiles. This machine will cut shapes from CAD drawings or other artwork, and engrave text and photos in plastic, wood or glass. Metal cannot be engraved, but special materials can be used to apply a ceramic coating from text or artwork.
A RepRap 3D printer (built by students Winter Study 2013) is available for student use. The printer fabricates parts using a variety of plastics based on 3D models either created in the shop or downloaded from the internet.
The Lincoln TIG welder is capable of small-scale precision welding and heavier gauge work up to ¼”. Steel, stainless steel and aluminum can all be welded.
Three Bridgeport Mills equipped with DRO (digital readout) positioning. A large variety of accessories make these versatile machine for a broad range of machining tasks.
Space is available for students to work on approved independent study projects with guidance from Science Shop staff.
A SawStop tablesaw, drill press, band saw, chop saw and wood lathe are available for woodworking projects.